The Regional Park of the Po Delta of the Emilia Romagna region was set up in 1988 through a special Regional and is part of the system of the protected areas of Emilia Romagna. The Park is the biggest regional park of Italy and covers a large part of the region Emilia Romagna (52.000 hecatres).
The park is divided into six “stations” around the southern area of the Po Delta, whose northern part belongs to the Veneto Region, along the coast of Ferrara and Ravenna and near Argenta. In 1999 the northern part of the territory was included in the Unesco site as World Heritage “Ferrara, city of the Renaissance and its Po Delta”.
Until 2011 the park was managed by a Consortium that was made up of the two provinces of Ferrara and Ravenna and of the nine municipalities (Comacchio, Argenta, Ostellato, Goro, Mesola, Codigoro, Ravenna, Alfonsine, Cervia) whose borders are within the park.
The “stations” of the park are characterized and differentiated by particular environmental and landscape features: all areas are characterized by the presence of water, with different levels of salinity, water created wonderful natural evironments and led to the development of all human activities linked to fishing, agriculture, tradition, culture and art throughout the centuries.
The extraordinary presence of birds, with more than 300 species, among which nesting birds, wintering birds or migratory birds, together with some mammals, such as the “dune deer” of the Mesola wood, characterizes a precious fauna, and all the “green” elements of the park, such as lowland woods or hygrophilous woods, pine forests and dunes are the flora of the Po delta.
The park includes extraordinary environmental, artistic and naturalistic evidence of what is around the Po Delta area, both of its history and of its current lively activity. The territory of the Park of the Po Delta is also an ideal place for trips with motorboats with the guide of local fishers. Trekking and beatiful walks are just some oft he activities you can do in this place, as well as birdwatching and sightseeing in the cultural towns nearby.