Emilia Romagna Slow | Discovering the Rivers and Lakes of Emilia Romagna


Emilia Romagna Slow | Discovering the Rivers and Lakes of Emilia Romagna

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On spring weekends Emilia Romagna offers fantastic corners of relaxation in nature, away from traffic and city chaos.
Without necessarily covering hundreds of kilometers, you can find the much-desired silence even among the valleys of the Apennines and quickly reach our rivers, streams, and lakes where you can sunbathe, find fresh and clean rivers and dive into the waters of mountain lakes!


Ninfa’s Lake ph. Roberto Ferrari


The Piacenza Province it is renowned for the clear waters of its rivers, so if you are searching for a place to have a bath at the town of Marsaglia it is possible to rest on a white sandy beach on the banks of the Trebbia (among the cleanest rivers in Northern Italy). This valley is still largely untouched in particular, the upper Trebbia valley is one of the most evocative and uncontaminated places of the Apennines.
We always remind you that it is a good idea to ask the local Tourist Offices about the current regulations regarding the baths and beaches along the watercourses.


Food and Nature here is one of the pairs that the Province of Parma offers to all those who are willing to discover its secrets.
Here we are in the Food Valley capital, the birthplace of most of the gastronomic excellence products of entire Northern Italy.
In these areas, we recommend a jump to the Taro Valley or Ceno Valley. Near the village of Varsi you can find relaxing corners in the shade of the numerous trees that cover the area, with the possibility of taking a refreshing bath in the river Ceno, or, going up along the Taro river, near the villages of Bedonia and Tornolo it is possible to  find clean water and wonderful beaches that are worth going out to discover.
Not to be missed are also the lakes of the Alta Valle del Cedra that fall in part in the Cento Laghi Regional Park and partly in the Apennines National Park. Here you can find pools of water formed at the bottom of depressions (glacial cirques) carved out of the ice during the last glaciations including Lake Ballano (1341 m asl at whose edges you can find picnic facilities), the Verde Lake (1507 meters above sea level), the small Lake Frasconi (1600 m asl) and Lake Verdarolo (1388 m above sea level), as far as the farthest lakes of Scuro and Sguincio.
In particular, Lake Ballano and Lago Verde are two excellent starting points for excursions discovering the spectacular ridge between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. Lastly, in the Upper Val Parma we suggest the two lakes of Lagoni, which are located next to the homonymous refuge and from which it is possible to reach other smaller lakes, and Lake Santo Parmense, the latter the largest glacial lake in the province of Parma and of Emilia-Romagna, and also the largest natural lake in the northern Apennines, easily accessible from the Lagdei Refuge, located a few kilometers from the village of Corniglio.
Also for the waterways and lakes of the Parma area, our advice is to inquire at local Tourist Offices on current regulations regarding the waterways.


In the hilly area of Reggio Emilia Province, it is possible to find refreshment both in the Secchia and Enza rivers areas, while the lakes of the province of Reggio Emilia are all located at high altitude.
Here we find the Calamone Lake, also called Lago del Ventasso, located on the north-western slope of Mount Ventasso, in the Ramiseto municipality. This is one of the largest lakes of Reggio Emilia Province, softly surrounded by large beech forests and white firs in an excellent state of conservation. We are here in the areas within the Apennines National Park, where you can also reach the Bargetana Lake, located within the spectacular valley of the north slope of Mount Prado and whose shores are surrounded by amazing green pastures, especially during the Spring.

  • Ponte della Brusia, Bocconi – Ph. Gianpaolo Senni

  • Scaffaiolo Lake – Ph. Massimiliano Galardi

  • Trebbia River – Ph. Opi1010

  • Calamone Lake – Ph. @stevemme

  • Prado Mount & Bargetana Lake – Ph. @marco61montefuso

  • Santo Lake (Parma) | Photo taken from parmacityofgastronomy.it

  • Verde Lake – Ph. Parchi del Ducato


The Modenese Apennines preserve most of the highest peaks located on the ridge between Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany and also most of the mountain lakes, which are in most parts isolated and pleasant places in which to find refreshment after long walks in nature.
Among the many unmissable emergencies, we recommend a visit to Lago Santo and the  Baccio Lake, which are both under the Giovo Mount and are located at an altitude of 1.501 meters. Then there is the Ninfa Lake, which is located within the Monte Cimone ski area and the Scaffaiolo Lake, which is located above the Corno alle Scale ski area.
We can close the list with the Torbido Lake, which is only full during the spring months, and the Turchino Lake, a small body of water, which is situated in the Regional Park of the High Modena Apennines.
We remind you that the bathing is usually not allowed unless otherwise indicated by the local authorities. Please, contacts the local Tourist Information Office for more detailed information.


Bologna is the capital of Emilia Romagna Region, the city renowned for the Towers, of the Tortellini and of the good life. Although the city is a true concentrate of events and occasions for social life, and its territory is certainly not less.
For all those wishing to find places to enjoy the beauty of the freshwater, we recommend the swimming areas along the Santerno river, near Castel del Rio, and the Lakes (created for hydroelectric purposes) of Brasimone and Suviana, where there are also equipped beaches.
Also, in this case, we always advise inquiring at the local Tourist Offices on the regulations in force concerning the watercourses.


Here we are in the Romagna area, where the light is more dazzling and the colors more bright. In the Province of the cities of Forlì and Cesena, we recommend the amazing “Peschaia” under the Brusia bridge in the village of Bocconi, a place usually quite crowded by locals during the summer months.


If you love silence and relaxation, we suggest visiting the Ravenna’s Province, organizing a day-trip to the Lamone  Valley. Here are many places where you can stop, but if you want a really impressive corner we recommend the Valbura Falls, just above the small village of Fantino.
Here you will find the silence typical of these areas, good food and the bright nature that only the Romagna area can offer.


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