From Lugo, towards the Po: nature trails and protected oasis

The whole of the area of Lugo and Romagna, whether in the direction of the characteristic Comacchio Valleys or towards the hills and Apennines, is well suited for bicycle tourism and routes for more demanding motorcyclists searching for itineraries that go beyond the classic tourist destinations. And for bicycle lovers, we need merely mention that it was by no coincidence that Sergio Zavoli wrote about Romagna: “My little China that pedals relentlessly.

I love her because she has not denied the bicycle”. These quiet, almost country roads are perfect for long bike rides. Far differently from the more heavily trafficked via Romea or via Emilia. The first is the Ferrara coast road, dating back to 132 B.C., which took its current name as it became popular with pilgrims travelling from Venice to Rome, the ‘Romei’ as they were known. From Romea, various different roads unwind, some of which are also 'comfortable', and all that take you into the Delta, thereby bringing you into contact with its natural beauty, such as, for example, the Mèsola Forest nature reserve, boasting a whole 1058 hectares of woodlands.

There is no doubt that the dominant feature winding through the itineraries between Lugo and Delta del Po is water. At times fresh, at times salt and, particularly along the coastline, lagoons and valleys, pine forests and coastal dunes alternate with the woodlands and the mouth of the Po: an enchanting, fascinating spectacle. The water and rivers are now part of the traditions and tales told by the people who live here: the devastating floods and the banks that give way are still all too clear in the minds of generations that can hardly be described as distant, and who now fear, as well as love, these places. Between the Po delta and Via Emilia, there are countless networks of canals, whose origins date back to Mediaeval reclamation methods. Still today, these lands owe their existence, and fragile balance, to the water scoops. These systems continue to exist and work, keeping approximately 50 thousand hectares of land drained.

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