The largest wetland in Europe
A visit to the Oasi Ca' Mello nature reserve is like taking a step back in time to an ancient landscape made up of reedbeds, rivers, water fowl and lakes. Not surprisingly, this territory is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. We are in the province of Rovigo, on Donzella Island in the Regional Park of the Po Delta. This 700 km expanse of marsh is at the heart of the Sacca degli Scardovari, the largest wetland area in the whole of the Mediterranean and Europe.
The area covers 40 hectares and has a number of trails, accessible to all and very picturesque thanks to the brightly-coloured aquatic plants. Here you will find many species of birds, but if you want to take a closer look in peace and quiet without disturbing them, use the birdwatching huts set up for this purpose. Herons, swamp hawks and water hens will swim undisturbed and won't know you are there, as you observe their movements from the monitoring stations.
At the mouth of the river Po, freshwater mingles with salt and the landscape offers a wealth of biodiversity, scenery, bird life, marshland, sandbars and bays to admire. All these elements combine to make this reserve, managed by Veneto Agricultura and the Po-Adige Delta Adige Reclamation Consortium, a truly unique place.