To get to know the Po delta at its best, one must do so slowly, following the rhythm of the river, and it is precisely the riverbanks that become, in most cases, pleasant cycle paths. From the top of the banks you can observe the environments that characterise the river: woods, countryside, lagoons, fishing valleys and of course the river as it slowly meets the sea.
Day 1: Arrival in Ferrara.
The Este city par excellence, and one of the greatest masterpieces of urban planning of the Italian Renaissance, offers the possibility of a guided tour of the city by bicycle. The itinerary starts in the Renaissance quarters, along the streets of the Addizione Erculea, where the so-called ‘Quadrivio degli Angeli’ with the famous Palazzo dei Diamanti is located, Corso Ercole I° d’Este and Piazza Ariostea, and ends in the intricate streets of the medieval part, from the Castello Estense to the Cathedral, from Via San Romano to the Jewish Ghetto. A walk through the splendour, wars and intrigues of the d’Este court.
Day 2: Ferrara – Ariano 60 km
We set off on our bikes to reach the Destra Po cycle path. Passing through Ro, where a stop can be made to visit the oasis of the Po mill, we reach Serravalle, the gateway to the Delta: this is where the first branch of the Delta, the Po di Goro, is located, and it is following this river that the route continues to Ariano. Here we cross the river, passing through Veneto, and reach the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Ariano nel Polesine – Mesola km 45/55
The Delta is a landscape designed by rivers; following the shaft of the Po di Goro today we find ourselves on a faint borderline separating two distinct regions, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna, united, however, by a single precious heritage, which is the Po Delta. The choice of the two itineraries is yours: Sinistra Po (45 km), following the left bank of the river you can find two important historical sites for the Delta: the centre of San Basilio, where you can visit archaeological excavations from the Roman era and a small church from the Romanesque period, and the Museo della Bonifica di Ca’ Vendramin (Museum of the Reclamation of Ca’ Vendramin), one of the first water draining plants in the Delta, built to reclaim the swamps and marshes that once characterised this territory. Continuing along the river we reach the pontoon bridge that allows us to return to the Emilian shore at Gorino Ferrarese. Possibility of a boat trip to the mouth of the Po (optional excursion with supplement). Alternatively: Destra Po (55 km), along the cycle path to Mesola, characterised by the bulk of the castle, an ancient “Este delight” that stands with its four towers in the centre of the town. Continuing along the cycle path we skirt the Santa Giustina forest, pass through Goro, characterised by its fishing port and finally arrive at Gorino, also a small fishing village. Possibility of a boat trip to the mouth of the Po (optional excursion with supplement). For both, arrival at the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Mesola – Lido delle Nazioni 30 Km
The day begins with a “slow” ride under the canopies of the ancient Mesola Wood, once the exclusive hunting reserve of the Este court, where today deer, badgers, frogs, newts, turtles and many birds live protected in the thick vegetation. It is possible to make a truly exclusive excursion with an electric minibus, which allows groups of a maximum of 8 people to enter the part of the reserve not normally accessible to the public (optional excursion with supplement). The itinerary continues along the wood to the Taglio della Falce locality and then continues along the Adriatic coast, first through the lush pine forest, then passing through the seaside resorts of the Lidi di Comacchio, until reaching the accommodation facility. Relaxation on the beach.
Day 5: Comacchio and its valleys 35 km
We reach Porto Garibaldi, cross the canal by ferry to Lido degli Estensi and from here, along the scenic embankment that runs alongside the Saline, we arrive at Stazione Foce. Possibility of a boat trip to the Comacchio Valleys (optional excursion with supplement). From here the discovery of the fantastic world of the eel begins, immersed in a landscape characterised by small embankments and brackish water lakes, where it will be possible to observe the particular avifauna that varies with the changing seasons: seagulls, herons, marsh harriers, ducks and pink flamingos, the true “lords” of these extraordinary environments. We continue by bicycle along the Valle Fattibello embankment until we reach the centre of Comacchio for a pleasant walk among bridges, canals and its main monuments: Palazzo Bellini, the former San Camillo Hospital, the Ponte delle Carceri, the Clock Tower, the ancient Pescheria (fish market) and Trepponti, the emblem of the town, ending at the Manifattura dei Marinati, the place where nature, traditions and the economy of the lagoon town meet.
Departure for the return journey. Transfer at our care to Ferrara. Possibility of extra night on request.