Into nature and tradition: The Po Delta Nature Park
The Po Delta Nature Park actually sits across both Emilia Romagna and Veneto, and the parks fate could have been very different.
Checking in to the Spiaggia Romea Club Village, in Lido Delle Nazioni, I learnt that this spacious resort, with pools, water sports, horse riding and a range of accommodation, was built to protect the area. Earmarked initially to be property development, you can even see the ditches in the ground where the foundations for more buildings should have been.
Luckily, the land was all brought by a family and the resort takes up just a fraction, leaving the rest of the land for nature and wildlife to blossom. An electric golf cart can take you on a ‘mini-safari’ through this part of the park where white Camargue horses roam and bird-spotters keep an eye out for local species. Behind a canopy of trees, just moments beyond the resort, waves lap on the beach.
The resort is certainly not going to be for everyone’s taste, and wasn’t the ideal choice for me, with buffet meals and a family-vibe. Still, for an easygoing escape removed from the town, it ticks all the boxes with the extensive range of activities and water sports. Accommodation options range from the family-village to the superior hotel – but be warned, if you visit during the Eel festival as I did and want to stay in Comacchio itself, you best book far ahead!