Where to stay: many campsites and rest areas available in the area of Mesola
Length of stay: 2 days
Over the whole area, the horizon looks undefined and calm. Earth and water seem to become one thing. Northwards, the Po makes itself visible, while now and then, the head of some species of typical local bird pops out from the vegetation. There are many things to do, and having everything at a stone’s throw is of use. A sure thing is that Mesola is the perfect departure point.
Your stay in this area will give you many surprises. You can choose to stop by the grand court of the Castle of Mesola, one of the many Este Villas left on this territory. Don’t forget to make a stop at the sluice of the Abate Tower, a plumbing system dating back to 1569; or you can just go on and walk across the Natural Reserve of Gran Bosco Della Mesola, an ancient hunting arena and one of the last and best-preserved examples of countryside woods, populated by local bucks and deer. If you go, don’t forget binoculars and a camera!
Along the road leading to Goro and Gorino, you cross a suggestive bridge of boats that brings you to the mouth of the Po river, up to the wide lagoon (also known as ‘Sacca’).
The whole area is known for the production of mollusks, particularly crosscut carpet shells, mussels, and oysters. If you want to taste some specialties, we suggest you stop by one of the many restaurants in the area.
And don’t forget the excursion to the Island of Love, the last stretch of land that divides the river Po from the sea: It’s a sandy beach that you can reach only per sea, at the centre of which towers a lighthouse, making the whole landscape something terribly romantic.
Once you’ve left the mouth of the ‘big river’ behind and are back in the inland, you can drive to the big Abbey of Pomposa. Easy to reach by car, it is one of the most important medieval monastic complexes in Italy. If you want to rest a bit, you will find a suitable parking lot. You can’t certainly miss its artistic and monumental treasures.