Po Delta (Sea and Nature)
The area of Po Delta is the widest humid zone in Italy, with a never-ending balance between land and sea. It was shaped by the river, then changed and defended by man. This area hosts a variety of environments, such as plain lands with farmed fields, bars of sand dunes, ancient coastlines with Mediterranean vegetation, river branches and holms with different vegetation features. Towards the sea, the land becomes increasingly indistinct as it mixes with the fresh and brackish waters of valleys and lagoons. All these environments can be found just a step back from the sea and are well represented by the Sacca di Scardovari, an area between the Po di Tolle and the Po di Gnocca which is considered as the widest Italian "garden" for clam and mussel farming. You can immerse yourself along paths that stretch out among valleys and reclaimed areas, or choose archaeological tours along the ancient Via Popilia, a route that crossed the charming village of San Basilio, in the Island of Ariano. You can also visit Adria, an important Etruscan centre that was so famous as to give its name to the sea that washed its shores at that time. Its National Archaeological Museum still preserves ancient finds of great value. The modern Delta, as we know it today, had its origins between the towns of Taglio di Po and Porto Viro. In 1600, the Venetian institutions started what would have become an extraordinary hydraulic engineering masterpiece along the course of the Po river. This intervention, known as "taglio" (cut) and completed in 1604, definitely changed the morphology of the entire area and lead the way towards the creation of further outlets on the sea, other lagoons and new river mouths. This wide plain pulses to the rhythm of its dewatering pumps, reminding us of a land reclamation work of huge proportions. Its drainage systems, once easily recognizable by their high chimneys, are now part of our industrial archaeology heritage. An extraordinary example is the dewatering pump of Ca' Vendramin, now housing the highly attended Regional Land Reclamation Museum. Sea lovers will find a choice of seaside getaways, with beaches of fine golden sand and a gently sloping seabed lapped by a blue sea, sometimes pervaded by a pleasant sense of wilderness. A list of well-equipped beach resorts is reported below:
1 - ROSOLINA MARE
Rosolina Mare is the pearl of the Po Delta Regional Park of Veneto. This 8-km long peninsula is surrounded by the water of the valleys and the Adriatic Sea, and its surface is mainly covered by thick vegetation and a flourishing pine forest. Its sea will invite you to take long baths, to then lay on a large beach of extraordinarily clean, fine golden sand.
2- ISOLA DI ALBARELLA
Albarella is an exclusive private island located south of Venice, in the heart of the Po Delta Regional Park of Veneto. This is an ideal place for spending a relaxing holiday. MARCEGAGLIA tourism offers a wide range of holiday accommodation facilities, including apartments, terraced houses, villas, and two hotels. The island also offers a wide choice of sport activities, as well as fun and entertainment at the Centro Sportivo.
3 - SCANO CAVALLARI
The Scano Cavallari is a stretch of sand dunes with a length of 3,100 m and a width of 500 m. Located between Porto Levante and the island of Albarella, this offshore island encloses a shallow lagoon with calm waters full of life. The Scano can be easily reached by boat from Porto Levante, where a ferry-boat service is always available in summer. Its public beach is an ideal destination if you're looking to spend a quiet and relaxing day, in contact with unspoiled nature and the sea.
4 - BOCCASETTE
The beach of Boccasette is located in a hamlet of the same name, on the island of Ca' Venier. This remote place, far away from the rush of city life, was saved from the sea with massive reclamation operations and can only be reached by travelling across miles and miles of countryside. The coastal sandbar offers a wonderful and endless beach of soft golden sand, immersed in an unspoiled natural environment. The only settlements in this area are the 4 beach establishments, three of which offer food services (two restaurants and a bar).
5 - BARRICATA
Barricata is an island located on the southern end of Po Delta, facing the eastern side of the island of Donzella in the Municipality of Porto Tolle. It offers an equipped area with a little marina used as a meeting place by hundreds of sport fishing enthusiasts, especially for deep-sea fishing expeditions. The sea and river convey a very charming atmosphere to this place, making it an ideal destination for the lovers of unspoiled nature and open-air holidays. Tourist accommodation is mainly available in non-hotel facilities: beside a number of holiday farms (agriturismi), a tourist village with an accommodation capacity of 2,000 people offers bungalows, mobile homes, camping areas and tents.