Alfonsine: The City of Memory and Peace
Alfonsine is steeped in art, literature and history, set in the rolling countryside of Lower Romagna area and crossed by the river Senio, the imaginary Gothic Line and a treasure trove of memories alongside the scene of conflicts and battles.
The birthplace of the poet Vincenzo Monti, the centre of the Resistance during the Second World War and a film location, within the space of a few kilometres, Alfonsine provides visitors with a wealth of museums, buildings and monuments that narrate the past while casting optimistic eye on the future
Argenta, A World of Water and Nature
Argenta has a world of water and nature all around it, organised in an Eco-Museum System that narrates the vocations of the territory through the Museo delle Valli (Museum of the Valleys), an island of biodiversity and gateway to the wetlands, the Museo Civico (Civic Museum), a treasure trove of exhibits from the past, and the Museo della Bonifica (Museum of the Land Reclamation), a true Art Nouveau monument decorated inside and out with friezes and geometric motifs, and furnished with wrought iron balustrades and lamps. Taking the road along the Agosta embankment, running from Anita to Comacchio and skirting the fascinating lagoon, you reach the Boscoforte peninsula, a dune belt dating back to Etruscan times, an unspoilt and wild corner of the Po Delta.
Bagnacavallo and the Medieval Influence
This is an enchanting medieval village where, while strolling through the winding streets, long porticoed lanes and the original oval square, you can discover elegant noble palaces, precious churches and convents, historical monuments as well as the Goldoni theatre, defined as "La Scala in Miniature" for its beauty. A short distance from the characteristic historic town centre, in Villanova, you can dive deep into the heritage of local traditions to re-discover the trades of yesteryear at the Ecomuseo delle Erbe Palustri (the Marsh Grass Ecomuseum)..
Cervia: the city of salt and sea
A jewel of a historic centre, the canal port and the characteristic mariegola, the long flawless beaches, the museums and culture, the magnificent pine forests and the traditions of salt, Cervia's precious white gold.
Codigoro: the city of herons
Tranquillity, pleasant bike rides, the majestic and solemn Pomposa Abbey nestled in the green plain, the centuries-old history of land reclamation and the evolution of the environment and people as witnessed by the water drainage system and the brackish valleys with their old fishermen's huts, corners of paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
Comacchio: A Treasure Trove of Sea, Culture and Nature
On foot it is easy to discover the wonders of the old town: the imposing Trepponti stairways, the Museum of the Ancient Po Delta with the treasures of ancient Spina and the territory, and the Manifattura dei Marinati, today, as in the past, the place where Comacchio's traditional marinated foodstuffs are produced. At its gates, one can find valleys and lagoons, havens for birdwatchers and nature lovers, and just a few kilometres away, there is an endless stretch of white, sandy beaches.
Conselice, the 'Land of Frogs'
In the past, Conselice was surrounded by water, which ruled over its time and rhythms, and today, it is known as the "village of frogs" due to its autumn festival dedicated to this gastronomic speciality and its peculiar monument paying tribute to the frog, which for decades has contributed to the sustenance of the local community. Today, it is a lively town that revolves around the fairytale-like Piazzetta Guareschi, with its murals depicting landscapes of reclamation and local memoirs. A major redevelopment project has restored Villa Verlicchi, the Museum of Contemporary Avant-garde Art and a tourist reception centre, to its former glory..
Fiscaglia and its countryside
Surrounded by boundless expanses of countryside, Fiscaglia is the ideal place for peaceful walks, bike rides and horse rides in order to capture the essence of all the nuances, fragrances and beauty that this area has to offer. The ancient Torre Tieni, one of the few remaining defence towers built by the Este family in the late Middle Ages, the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Corba, still worshipped by the local population, and in the Migliarino district, there is the Museo del Trotto (the Trotting Museum), with a wide range of extremely rare documentation on this discipline.
Goro: travelling towards Love Island
Sacca di Goro, a crescent-shaped area between the sea and the lagoon, cradle of the clam, Lanterna Vecchia, an ancient lighthouse that marks the boundary between land and water and has now been transformed into a nature observatory, and the uncontaminated, wild and free Love Island, a strip of sand that can only be reached by sea.
Jolanda, Spotlight on the Rice Fields
Jolanda is located between the rivers Po and Volano, at the lowest altitude in Italy and is inextricably linked to both the rice fields and the surrounding landscape. It boasts a relatively recent history and was founded in 1903 under the name Le Venezie in an area covered by wetlands and marshes, which underwent reclamation as from 1882. It owes its current name to Princess Jolanda, the eldest daughter of the King of Italy Victor Emmanuel III, who visited the town in 1911..
Lagosanto: along the Salt Route
Once called Fiume, then Lago and finally Lagosanto, as it was the former home of St. Appian, who lived here around 1000. This small hamlet shaped by land reclamation, is now reflected in the 19th-century Marozzo water-scooping plant, a Museum and House of Memory, bearing witness to the age-old quest for balance between man, land and water!
Mesola: exploring the great Este family estate
Mesola Castle, a sumptuous building that is half fortress and half noble residence of the Este Court, now houses the interactive Mesola Wood and Deer Museum that tells the story of the relationship between the Delizie and local territory, the Torre Abate Natural Oasis, with its poignant light and hues, flocks of birds alongside a great deal of peace and quiet, the unusual, unique landscape of the Massenzatica palaeodunes and the imposing barrage of German bunkers of the "Genghis Khan Line".
Ostellato: A Combination of Nature and History
The centuries-old bell tower standing on the edge of the village bears witness to an ancient past, as does the Romanesque parish church of San Giorgio, around which linger tales and legends of an ancient miraculous spring, a destination favoured by devout pilgrims. Its history is intertwined with its landscape, nature and the Vallette Natural Oasis, the only surviving trace of the ancient valleys that used to embrace the town prior to the commencement of the land reclamation works, and which is now an excellent place where you can revitalise your mind, body and soul.
Portomaggiore: A Territory to be Discovered
A vast yet harmonious square crowned by elegant porticoes, the pulsating heart of the town, dominated by the town hall and the majestic church surrounded by dancing fountains and, only a stone's throw away, there is the glorious, age-old Teatro Sociale della Concordia, a Neo-classical masterpiece that, for years, was a permanent venue for drama performances. Upon leaving the town, immersed in the nearby countryside, stands the Delizia del Verginese, a leisure residence of the Este family during the Renaissance period which is now a venue for exhibitions and shows. You can savour not only culture, but also nature at the Bando Oasis, protected nature reserve and birdwatching paradise.
Ravenna, the Capital of Mosaics
This city characterised by its late antique architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is framed by unique, outstanding monuments and a rich heritage of mosaics housed within its early Christian and Byzantine religious buildings. Surrounding the city, you can find the magical, cocoon-like world of the pine forests, fragrant of earth, resin and wood. This “Divina foresta spessa e viva” ("Divine, thick and living forest") has provided a source of inspiration for poets, writers and artists, criss-crossed by shady and silent paths to be explored on foot and by bicycle, starting from the Cubo Magico della Bevanella (Bevanella Magic Cube), immersed in the gentle tranquillity as well as the Museo Natura di Sant’Alberto (Sant'Alberto Nature Museum).
Along the Banks of the River Po: At the Gateway to the Po Delta
Lying on the banks of the Great River, halfway between the Renaissance capital of Este and the mouth of the river Po, where the banks and the hinterland conceal wonders to be explored: the typical river moorings for small boats, the Destra Po cycleway for curious cyclists eager to explore the beautiful landscape, the peaceful villages dominated by centuries-old churches and bell towers as well as “Il Mulino sul Po” (Mill on the Po), a faithful reconstruction of the floating mills that once populated the river as well as providing the source of inspiration for the novel of the same name written by Riccardo Bacchelli.
Russi: Heart of the Emilia-Romagna Region
At the centre of a fertile plain lies the town of Russi, which boasts a centuries-old history narrated through archaeological finds in a large Roman villa, the traces of an ancient medieval castle and the magnificence of the 17th-century Palazzo di San Giacomo, a majestic aristocratic country residence, with its magnificent architecture and stunning pictorial interior décor. In the surrounding area, there are walking and cycling itineraries along the Lamone river, to be covered at a slow pace immersed in an environment of history, culture and nature..
The four seasons in Po Delta
In Po Delta Park every season offers different scenarios: autumn has warm and orange-yellow colours, in winter the landscapes are transformed, wrapped in a whitish fog and everything becomes mysterious and magical. With the arrival of spring, days are longer and outdoor activities increase, nature awakens and summer is the season to live the sea and the beautiful and hospitable beaches.
Videos made as part of the PO DELTA TOURIST DESTINATION project directly managed by the LAG 19.2.02.14B funded through the Emilia-Romagna Region 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme - Measure 19 - Support towards Local Leader Development.