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  • Further managed Protected Areas:
    • Sito d'Interesse Comunitario Delta del Po: tratto terminale e delta veneto
    • Sito d'Interesse Comunitario Dune di Donada e Contarina
    • Sito d'Interesse Comunitario Dune di Rosolina e Volto
    • Sito d'Interesse Comunitario Dune Fossili di Ariano Polesine
    • Sito d'Interesse Comunitario Rotta di S. Martino
    • Sito di Interesse Comunitario Adriatico settentrionale Veneto - Delta del Po
    • Sito d'Interesse Comunitario e Zona di Protezione Speciale Vallona di Loreo
    • Zona di Protezione Speciale Delta del Po



The Delta

The river Po, called the "gentle giant", is the longest river in Italy. With its 650 km (about 400 miles), it runs through the Po Plain and flows into the Adriatic Sea, forming a delta and one of the largest wetlands in Europe and in the Mediterranean Sea.
It is situated exactly on the 45th parallel - the same one for Turin – and it stretches out to the sea like a triangle whose axis coincides with the main branch of Po di Venezia and whose sides run in the north along the Adige river and in the south along Po di Goro. The Po Delta is the most recent stretch of territory in Italy. As a matter of fact, the characteristic protrusion of the northern part of Italy has begun to take shape less than 400 years ago and is continuously evolving.

Scano Boa beach
Scano Boa beach

The Origins

The Po Plain formed itself in the period between the Pliocene - 10-12 million years ago, when the sea lapped the Alps and the Apennines - and the Wurm - 75,000-10,000 years ago, the last glacial period.
The coastal line on the Adriatic Sea became stable 5,000-6,000 years ago, and only since then it became possible to follow more precisely the evolutionary process of the Po mouth.

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Dewatering Pump
Dewatering Pump


In the indisputable unique frame of the Po Delta it is possible to find an area created both by the sedimentation of the river and by the work of man who, during the centuries, has controlled its course and drained the land around it. In the Delta area, nature, history, tradition, culture, and art intertwine to offer the visitor an original and surprising landscape.>>>

Active Delta and Fossil Delta
Active Delta and Fossil Delta
Photo by Landscape


To talk about the flora of the Po Delta we will go from the countryside to the areas next to the sea, differentiating the vegetation according to the environments we will meet.

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Apyos europaeus
Apyos europaeus


The Delta environment limits the life of land animals, except in the woods and on the coastal dunes.
On the contrary, it is a real paradise for birds, both resident and migratory birds, for fish and mollusks.
To talk about the fauna of the Po Delta, we will follow a route going from the countryside to the areas next to the sea, differentiating the environments we will find along the way and describing the animals populating them.

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