Lido di Volano
Ferrara (65 km)
The northernmost part of the Comacchio coast takes its name from one of the older branches of the river Po. It is surrounded by the pine forest of the Foce di Volano Nature Reserve, with its unspoiled charm.
From here you can enjoy direct contact with unspoiled nature to the fullest: the beaches, with their sandy shore made for long walks and sunbathing, are protected by a large pinewood and look towards the great Po Delta and the Sacca di Goro.
Today this most unspoiled of the Seven Lidi boasts a modern tourist port near the bridge over the Volano. Due to its slightly isolated position, open to the winds and marine currents, it is the best place for specialised sports like kite surfing and windsurfing.
Its pinewoods (pineta) are owned by the government and are there to guide the local development of environmental tourism; they are a nature reserve where you can wander for relaxation. The area is made up of recently deposited stretches of sand, which were planted with trees in the mid 1930s to save them from being eroded by the sea. As well as the Common Pine and the Maritime variety (more tolerant of salty ground), other species have been introduced like the ilex and the farnia oak.
The airfield of Valle Gaffaro is ideal for flights by hang-glider or microlight planes. It's just round the corner from the Lido di Volano and is perfect for airborne excursions over the Po Delta as far as Ferrara, Ravenna or Venice. Its grass runway is 900m long and 45m wide, has an excellent sandy base and is equipped with hangars and emergency equipment.
To keep fit
On foot or by bike from the little port, you can go into the Scannone di Volano, a strip of land a couple of kilometres long covered in maritime pine and ilex bushes, from which there is a splendid panorama over the shoreline. It is also possible to walk the circular trail on the Scannone from the beaches and come back to the port. The walk is best in the spring and autumn.
The Cannevié nature reserve
is located near the village of Volano, between Mesola Woods, the Po di Volano, and the sandbanks at the mouth of the river. Its history in fishing goes back to the 17th century, and this is confirmed by the interesting buildings you can still see today. The woods are laid out with nature trails, and on foot you can cross the little bridges to hideouts made for watching the wide range of birdlife
FERRARA LARGO CASTELLO
44100 Ferrara (FE)
Tel. ++39 0532-209370
Fax ++39 0532-212266
Opening: Open troughout the year
How to reach
Urban & extra-urban line ATCF Ferrara
Taxibus is also available. Reservation is required - toll free number (in italian) 800 521616
Last update: 09/10/2012