Drop down from Venice, a short hop and you’re in the Po River Delta, a water wonderland of wildlife, dykes, and acres of wheat and rice. Then carry on westwards along the great River Po to visit Ferrara, Parma (cheese!), Cremona (violins), and on towards Milan. But first, stay awhile in the Delta. Our chosen location is Ca Bonelli, a very old-established estate where the cottages once used by agricultural workers have now been sympathetically converted into holiday apartments.
The apartments have independent entrances and are fully equipped. Cross the road (there’s a regular bus into Porto Tolle by the way), and you’re up on the embankment. The yellow building is right next to Bonelli and is a restaurant – there are plenty of others around to choose from, but we preferred to ‘do our own thing’ having previously stocked up at the Porto Tolle supermarket. Looking in the other direction you’ll see the rice fields stretching into the distance! From this embankment you can drop down the other side for a swim, or take a bike ride (Ca Bonelli has plenty and they’re free for guests). You’ll see one of the pumping stations which keep the cultivated area drained. This is Italy’s main rice growing area – the typical Italian fat-grain rice ideal for risotto. The beach, further down the peninsula, is part-pay, part-free (the pay part is maintained clear of debris!). There’s a beach-side café too.
Check the website of Ca Bonelli, – it’s in English, Italian and German,
with photos and details of activities plus prices and booking info.

Some info in English from the Italian National Parks Service
also from the Po Delta Regional Park.

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