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Hikes along the river Mincio: free events from 31st August to late October

On foot along the almost unknown paths, by bike or boat, with music, tastings, theater

(Mantova, 27 Aug 14) From Castellaro Lagusello to Governolo, 12 stages starting now and lasting until late October to discover this territory: it is the new free hike session proposed by the Mincio Park along with the nature guides, who propose destinations one can reach on foot, by bike or by boat, to discover particular features of the territory - biodiversity, landscape, hydrology - through slowness. Moreover, you will enjoy tasting of typical products, theater performances and music concerts.

The "Terre del Mincio" free hike program is promoted by the Mincio Park in collaboration with the Colline Moreniche GAL (Italian acronym for "Local Action Group") of the Garda and for the project entitled "Miti e delizie delle Terre di Mezzo", co-financed by the Cariplo Foundation.

The first events are planned for the last weekend of August on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st (departure at 4.00 pm) for two walks along the left bank of lower Mincio: on Saturday from Bosco Virgiliano in Pietole, on Sunday with departure from Governolo to reach Chiavica Travata.

The program also provides the long-awaited Sunday mornings (at 10.30 am all of the four Sundays of September) at the Bertone, during which it will be possible to witness the release of the white storks from the reintroduction center: they are very touching moment which in March registered the participation of hundreds of families and that will end on the 28th with a music gift for the great ladies of the sky.

On 14th September the bike tour will start from Porta Giulia in Vallazza, and another bike hike has been planned on the 19th of October leaving from Porta Giulia to reach the Arlecchino Park in Bigarello, where besides the visit to the ERSAF forest a theater performance will be also carried out.

On foot or by boat in the EDEN destination "Valli del Mincio" the walk Mantua-Rivalta has been planned on the 27th September, at the end of the walk participants will enjoy a jazz concert. Return by boat (maximum 30 seats available).

The other activities are the classic walks in the protected area immersed in nature: in Castellaro Lagusello (on the 20th of September with tasting of typical products and music, and on the 12th of October with the voluntary ecological guides), on the 5th of October from Soave to Maglio di Goito along the Diversivo Mincio, on 18th of October in the turkey oak forest of the Bassa dei Bonomi and Volta Mantovana, and on the 25th and 26th of October with two tours along the lower Mincio: from Governolo to Foce Mincio (with tasting of local products, on the 25th) and from Formigosa to Botte Sifone, where the old clay quarries left the place to a small nature paradise.

The guides are members of "Per il Parco" Association and Koinè, the tastings are organized by Strada dei Vini, the tours by boat with the Barcaioli del Mincio. The classical or jazz music are by Alessandro Meneghello and Franco Capiluppi (on September 20th in Castellaro), Jazz&TheCity Trio (Abate, Rampi Negri Trio, on September 27th), the "i musicanti dla basa" (on September 28th at the Bertone).

Here you can find the complete program of the guided hikes in Terre del Mincio and in the protected area.

For further information and bookings: didactic secretariat of the Mincio Park +39 0376 228320.

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