A natural paradise of precious biodiversity
It is one of Italy’s most picturesque oases, a precious example of biodiversity that stretches between the Veneto and Emilia-Romagna regions and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. The Po Delta, Europe’s second-largest wetland, is where Italy's longest river, with its various branches, meets the Adriatic Sea.
Amid expanses of fresh and brackish water, lush woods, centuries-old pine forests, and one of the richest wildlife and plant populations in the world, the Po Delta is protected by two vast regional parks that cover between them over 60,000 hectares. As well as the Po River, the two regional parks also include the mouths of the Reno, Lamone, Fiumi Uniti, Bevano and Savio rivers and vast wetlands. Further south of the great Delta you can find more than 20,000 hectares of brackish areas overlooking the Adriatic Sea, from the Valleys of Comacchio to the salt pans of Cervia.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy and attractions to see in the Po Delta area. The oasis boasts places of rare beauty, such as the Sacca di Scardovari lagoon, the Santa Giulia pontoon bridge and the Regional Land Reclamation Museum in Veneto. In Emilia-Romagna, we highly recommend visiting the Pomposa Abbey and the Mesola Wood. Birdwatching enthusiasts and visitors who enjoy open-air excursions are sure to find this vast area a true paradise that is perfect for unforgettable holidays and weekend getaways.