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Emilia Romagna

Cervia nature

Nature and parks



The most important naturalistic destination is the Cervia Saltpan, where you can admire the sheet of water of the old saltpans. Today this part of the territory has become a natural reserve because of its animal population (you cannot reach its internal territory), in fact some birds build their nest in its 827 hectares, like the avocets (Recurvirostra avosetta), the stilt plovers (Himantopus himantopus), the little egrets (Egretta garzetta) and the mallards (Anas platyrhynchos).

Anyway, we recommend you to follow some accessible routes which are good for relaxing walks as, for example, the one to the old saltpan Camillone, where it is possible to learn the salt mining tecniques. June is the ideal period to visit the Cervia saltpans and observe calmly the typical fauna and flora of the Po Park. An expert will guide you to recognize the different species of animals and plants that are present in the saltpans and you will be able to understand better the importance of the saltpan’s surrounding.

Cervia boasts a precious patrimony of green areas, as the century-old pinewood of Cervia that is 260 hectares wide and the pinewood belt of Pinarella and Tagliata (23 hectares).

In Cervia you can also visit the "House of Butterflies", a new centre of environmental education that is formed by a 800 square metres greenhouse, that contains hundreds of butterflies coming from America and South Africa.

Anyway Cervia does not only mean seaside, since it offers different possible routes, that you can follow on foot or by bike, to get in contact with the nature and the hills that surround the Senio and the Lamone valleys, characterized by meadows and luxuriant woods.

Another reachable destination is Casola Valsenio, where you can find the "Garden of Herbs" with its 4 hectares of officinal herbs and its extraordinary lavender cultivations. Not very far from Casola Valsenio you can find the Carnè Natural Park, chracterized by a karst landscape and the Gypsum Vein from Romagna, where you can admire some particular erosions and picturesque caves.

You can also make a trip to the "Loto Park", near Lugo, that is a big stretch of water, full of lotus flowers and water lilies, surrounded by a small wood mostly formed by white Poplars, Willows and Elder bushes.

Moreover, the province of Ravenna includes the "Regional Park of the Po Delta", that contains precious pinewoods, woods and parts of the coast that are still intact and where

the birds from this area live and build their nest. The territory includes the provinces of Ravenna and Ferrara, where you can visit monuments of great interest as the Pomposa Abbey, the St Apollinare in Classe Basilica and the Comacchio historical centres.

A splendid opportunity for a particular excursion is to visit the Mesola Park, situated between Po di Goro and Po di Volano, where the Mediterranean vegetation gives hospitality to some specimen of raptorial birds, deers and other animals that live in freedom.


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