Biking along the meanders of the big Po River until the Pomposa Abbey
Dates upon request
We call Po Delta that area included between the outlet of the River Adige north and the Valleys of Comacchio south. Its modern shape is mainly due to the massive drainage system built by the Venetian Republic in 1604. In that period, in fact, the so called Taglio di Porto Viro was constructed deviating the main stream of the river. The aim of these works was to avoid the rivers massive amount of sediments filling in the port which was of vital importance for the life of the people of Venice. During the first years of the 19th century the water pump of Cá Vendramin was also built but this area has nevertheless been flooded many times. One of the most terrible was the 1951 merciless flood which caused more that 100 deaths and leaving 180 people homeless. The Cá Vendramin water pump was then a technological jewel and has today turned into a museum. Last floods happened in the 60s’ and put an end to the gas extractions that were carried out in that area which had caused the collapsing of the river banks and of the land. The following reclamation gave back hope and life to this area and economy started again. Up to today the River Po hasn’t over flown its banks.
What we find today, in our bike trips, it’s a nice and peaceful environment; land is cultivated with rice and other cultivations, tall poplars trees cut the perfect shape of the fields.
Our holiday starts at Cá Zen, a beautiful 17th century Villa with its estate. From here we’ll depart riding along the Goro Po, we’ll go through the dwelling of Mesola and close to Torre Abate, old sewerage that today is a natural oasis. After all this we’ll reach the Abbey of Pomposa: founded in year 1000 a.c. it’s still very inspiring for its beauty. Our day finishes with an excellent fish dinner in the Cannevié Oasis. This place, today a lodging, used to be a fishing station with its lords’ residence.
We’ll go through the Mesola Wood to get to Goro. We’ll cross two boat bridges to reach the island of Ariano and the Island of Donzella going along the Sacca of Scardovari. Once countryside it is now an empty lagoon were muscles are grown. Once in Porto Tolle we’ll cross the Po of Venice on a ferry boat. This is the largest branch of the River. After the ferry we’ll continue our tour heading towards Porto Levante; we’ll ride on the Valleys Road between sea and land to reach Boccasette where we’ll get a boat to discover the Po of Maistra. This natural excursion is not to be missed: we’ll see the most hidden sides of the canals, go through the rushes and take a look to those birds that have here found their perfect habitat. Many pink flamingos dwell here. We’ll get back to the island of Ariano and, after exploring the large area of the Po Delta but before returning to Cá Zen, we’ll go and visit the water pump of Cá Vendramin, now museum of the drainage system and important witness of the history of this area.
- Unesco Wourld Heritage Sites: Ferrara and the Po Delta
HOW TO BOOK
This trip has already been tested and can be adapted to small or bigger groups. We propose guided tours leaded by our guides who speak english, german, french, spanish and portuguese. We can provide this trip also without leaders as long as the group can follow the tracks using a gps since itineraries develop on broads that are not always easy to find.
On demand we can also provide other services as, for instance, a bus following the group or electric bikes and much more. Big groups are kindly invited to book in advance.
To contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – email@example.com
Services included in our previous tours
- 3 nights with breakfast in three stars hotel and in agriturism *.
- 3 three-course-dinners with typical local recipes, two of which will be fish dinners, one drink (1/4 liter wine or 300 cl bier), tap water and bread are included.
- 3 lunches at a Trattoria (main dish, pudding, 1/2 liter water)
- 1 tour guide by bike
- Boat excursion with bird watching in along the river branch of Po di Maistra
- 3 hotel City tax
- Luggage trasportation
* Hotels are shown in the program, it is however possible, due to force majeure, to change some of them with others of the same or superior category.
Bike rental. € 50 high quality bike rental. The rental package includes: helmet (optional), lock, a rear side bag. The bike is delivered and returned on site.
Transfer. Upon request we can provide transferts from/to any airport or as required.
How to get there
Unfortunately the meeting point is not easily reachable by public transport. We suggest you to get there by car.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights, 3 biking days
When: upon request
Where: Italia > Emilia Romagna - Veneto
Tour description: This is a round 3 day tour that starts and finishes in Cá Zen Mansion in Taglio di Po (Rovigo). The bike trail is flat and it goes on cycling paths, b-roads with low car traffic and short stretches on medium car traffic roads. The road bank is asphalt or we will be pedaling on nice dirt roads.
PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR
Individual arrival in Taglio di Po (Rovigo).
Taglio di Po – Tenuta Cà Zen
Taglio di Po > Cannevié Oasis
About 65 km - Flat path
Canneviè Oasis Tourist Structure – Codigoro (Ferrara)
Cannevié Oasis > Porto Tolle
About 67 km - Flat path
Porto Tolle – Albergo Italia ***
Porto Tolle > Taglio di Po
About 62 km - Flat path
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