Comacchio and the Po Delta

The city of bicycles and the Comacchio Valleys, a day to be discovered.

Leaving Ravenna, we take the beautiful Romea Road that lies on a thin strip of land that divides the coast of Ravenna from the Comacchio Valley, through a large and beautiful lagoon that is part of the spectacular Po Delta Park. Surrounded by the lagoon, we reach Comacchio, a small pearl of a town that lives on and off the land and water.

Because of the many bridges and canals that cross it, it is also called little Venice that comes from, Founded by the Etruscans, it covers thirteen islands grouped between the Po Delta and the sea. Today it enchants visitors for its monuments, as well as its natural beauty.

The old town can be visited on foot or on board the batanas, the ancient thin and long boats that still supply the service for free. The first building you will encounter is the Trepponti Bridge, symbol of Comacchio. Wandering for a few hundred metres between the canals and the pastel colour houses, you get to the Cathedral of San Cassiano and its separate bell tower. Passing the Ponte degli Sbirri (Cops’ Bridge) which gets its name from the prison that once stood next to it, you arrive at Palazzo Bellini, a sumptuous 19th century building now home to the Civic Library and the Historical Archive. The valleys surrounding the city are the heart of the Po Delta Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Made by both man and water, the Comacchio Valleys form a large lagoon area lying between the Adriatic, the Po and its ancient Rhine tributary.

Free time for lunch and we then continue towards the Po and enter the former Duchy of Ferrara, province of the powerful Este family. They were responsible for the urban and artistic development of the city, the construction of the beautiful Estense Castle and founded the university, in which Nicolo Copernico studied. Besides having endowed the city with the world’s first Urban Plan Addizione Erculea, constructing wide and straight roads, like Corso Ercole I d’Este, one of the most beautiful avenues in the world, churches, buildings, fortified palaces and embankments they doubled the area of the city. The Este family transformed Ferrara into one of the most livable and culturally lively cities of the Renaissance.

Our guide will reveal the beauties of Ferrara, starting from the Estense Castle continuing to the Piazza del Duomo with the beautiful Cathedral of San Giorgio, the Staircase and the spectacular road, Via delle Volte and ending at Corso d’Ercole and its beautiful palaces. Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers us a wide variety of places to taste the typical cuisine of the region, a rich and coveted cuisine worth discovering.

Late afternoon return to Ravenna.

What’s included

  • All transfers
  • Guided visit Comacchio, on feet and boat
  • Guided visit Ferrara
  • Gli ingressi previsti

What’s not included

  • Personal expenses.
  • Lunch
  • Anything not explictly specified