The dreamy landscapes of the Po Delta and its Park

It’s a real “water maze” and should be discovered slowly

The Po Delta is a complex area, perhaps even difficult to discover to the fullest extent. It looks like a real water labyrinth: it is the place where “the land does not begin and the sea does not end,” it is said, to make it clear that the Delta’s boundaries are evanescent. These are places of strong contrasts that convey seduction, magic and wonder. An immense expanse that represents the largest wetland area in Europe and the Mediterranean and covers 786 square kilometers in Veneto territory (more than 120 of which are protected as a regional park).

The priority connotation of the Po Delta is naturalistic, but undoubtedly the environmental aspects are in close connection with the important and continuous human interventions on the territory, which over the millennia has left significant evidence in the delta landscape. In the variety of environments and artifacts that together create the landscape, there is one that is symbolic of what the Delta’s hard-working and gentle people have done and will do to build and preserve this land: the Cà Vendramin water-scooping machine, home to the Regional Museum of Reclamation.

Various are the places where nature presents itself in its best “naturalness”: the Coastal Botanical Garden of Porto Caleri and the Golena di Cà Pisani, the fossil dunes and the area of the Bocche di Po Nature Reserve.

Inland, on the other hand, one encounters fascinating ancient villages, such as the historic center of the city of Adria, which gave its name to the Adriatic Sea, and home to the National Archaeological Museum that houses Etruscan and Celtic, Greek and Roman artifacts; Loreo, former stronghold of the Serenissima; and San Basilio, an ancient resting place along the via Popilia, now a Cultural Tourist Center.

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