You can spend your whole holiday on the saddle of your bike in the Delta Po park. It is the most common means of transport used by residents to get about the town, to reach the beach or go shopping! Thanks to the wide and well-lit 10 km bicycle track connecting the three most important lidos, adults and children can ride in complete safety.
Many of the routes are sign-posted but thanks to the different maps available you can also plan your own itinerary, from the easiest to the most demanding, according to your time and preference.
For some of the most interesting bicycle routes we recommend you consult the web sites below which highlight historic and scenic points of interest.
“SEASIDE AND PINEWOOD” ROUND TRIP
DISTANCE: complete round trip 16 km + 2 km outer breakwater.
1.5 km is on the main road and 14.4 km is on the cycle path or walking paths through the pine forest.
POTENTIAL DIFFICULTIES: None, as the tracks run parallel to the coast, and the bike path is well-lit.
This route involves a long, well-lit cycle path and connects the three beaches, except for a small stretch north of Marina Romea. There is no starting point or finishing point, and the route connects the three beaches using the bike path, the walking paths in the pine forest and several sections of artificial reef on the sea, until the end of the outer breakwater at Porto Corsini, which is 2.7 Km long.
The paths between the sea and pine woods are located in the pine forest between Marina Romea e Porto Corsini, and at each end of Casal Borsetti, where lots of trails make their way through the vegetation.
“SAN VITALE PINEWOOD” ROUND TRIP
This route mainly follows nature trails which are closed to traffic, and so you can discover the pine forest of S. Vitale and Piallassa Baiona and find out more about this ecosystem, involving the land and the sea, which is a great example of the biodiversity of the area.
Start from Marina Romea and go up the right bank of the River Lamone, lined with huts, until you reach the “QUATTROCCHI” visitor centre. Cross the road, and take the dirt track on the opposite side. Keep right and continue until you reach a small cycle / pedestrian bridge. Once you have crossed the bridge, follow directions for path number 2, and after about 2 kilometres you will reach Ca ‘Vecchia, the park’s educational and cultural centre, nestled in the lush pine forest on S. Vitale. This is an ideal place for a short break or picnic, and a great starting point for visiting the south of the “2 Giugno” park. Then go back along Piallassa Baiona, and follow a long embankment which will take you near to the centre, where you can enjoy the birdwatching. Don’t miss the little church of Madonna del Pino, near Cà Vecia.
For the return leg, follow the trail back towards Marina Romea.
“THREE POINTS” ROUND TRIP
The “path of Punte “allows to circumvent the Oasis Punte Alberete by cycling, otherwise accessible only on foot. The route is particularly striking because it takes place at the turn of the protected area, bounded only by a ditch for water control, and so offers the opportunity to admire closer the fauna and flora of the oasis. This is a dirt road closed to traffic, suitable for everyone and great impact especially at sunset. The “path of Punte” beginning at Casa Quattrocchi along Via delle Valli, reacheble from Marina Romea by following the right bank of the river Reno. From here follow the directions of the route No. 3, which passes under the bridge and continue along the dirt road which runs alongside the bank of the Lamone, leaving on the left side the wetland of Punte Alberete. To the indication, close to a lock for the control of water, turn left and follow the path that runs alongside the reserve until it reaches a body of water where other indications lead to pedestrian entrance of the Oasis.
At this point the path ends 3, but if you want to return and avoid the lap back, cautiously cross the highway 309 and take the stradello leading to Cà Vecchia (water drinking fountain). From here follow the directions of the path 2 to the north (left). This beautiful trail in the fresh pine forest of S. Vitale leads to a bridge, after which, turning right takes you back to Casa Quattrocchi.
“HISTORY AND NATURE” ROUND TRIP
Start from Casal Borsetti and follow the road that runs along the bank of the canal (via Lacchini). At the junction the main road SS 309 Romea, go straight on.
After 500 metres, just after the bridge that also functions as a sluice for water control, the road turns white. Follow the road along the bank of the canal for a further 7km, leaving the countryside on your left. The bridge leading to the little village of Mandriole allows us to take a short detour to visit the church, and the cemetery where Anita Garibaldi was buried, and take a look at this quaint village.
Going back over the bridge, the road continues along the canal to take the paved road: from here, turn right, you reach the village of St. Albert. Now a stop is a must to visit the Museum Ornithological and Natural History of Ravenna which is located in the so called Palazzone, which also houses the Visitor Centre of the Po Delta Park.
Our tour continues along Via Olindo Guerrini which will take you to the ferry that crosses the river Reno. When you reach the other side, turn right and you will find yourself in a magical landscape, suspended between the bank of a river on one side and the valley on the other. This area is dominated by nature and flying birds will accompany you for the next 10 km until you reach the bridge near a restaurant. After a short stretch of vegetation, climb the embankment and cross the river Reno in a separate lane of the bridge, beside the road. Go down the embankment and the trail continues to the left. After a while you will reach the memorial marking the first burial site of Anita Garibaldi, and shortly afterwards, the Guiccioli farm house museum, where Anita died in 1849, which is open to the public. From the entrance of the house you can see the bridge that leads to the starting point of the route indicated by trail mark no. 4, where the road will takes you back to Casal Borsetti.
However, there is very attractive alternative route to go back towards the sea: go down the embankment after the bridge over the river Reno, and turn right. The dirt road goes under the bridge and along the riverbank which is dotted with fishing huts, until you arrive north of Casal Borsetti near the military firing ground.
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