No one can talk about Cervia without mentioning its salt pans. After all, the story of this old maritime village in the province of Ravenna perfectly traces the package of this element that, still today, is produced and sold.
All of you surely heard someone talking about the sweet salt of Cervia at least once: it’s a type of “whole” sea salt with the peculiarity that it’s sweet, as it does not contain those organoleptic elements that confer the typical bitterish aftertaste.
Southern access of the big Po Delta Park, the salt evaporation pond of Cervia is considered a natural and panoramic environment of extraordinary beauty and suggestion. Summer is certainly the best period to visit it: from July to September, the activities are more frequent and you can see the salt collection carried out with the old traditional method.
The visitor centre, which is a meeting point for nature and avifauna lovers, organises guided tours on foot, by bike or on the electric boat for families, schools and birdwatching and natural photography lovers.
On the benches and dunes of the opposite pond, little colonies of migratory birds (pied avocet, black-winged stilts, etc.) together with hundreds of birds stop here during the different periods of the year; the flamingos, for instance, have already become a sort of mascot in this area.
Beyond the more naturalistic aspects, during the guided tours, you can deepen some themes as concerns the historical and economic aspects of the salt production. To end your nature experience, you might visit the salt pond Salina Camillone, turned into an interesting open-air museum aimed at recovering the activity and culture of the salt workers, or, in the centre of Cervia, at the 17th century- Salt Storehouses that today host MUSA – the Salt Museum.