A winter sunny day, one of those perfect days for a long and relaxing ride towards the seaside. How could it be disappointing? It cannot, actually, sometimes, it can be even better than what we expected. I wanted to go to the sea from Bologna, but I was afraid it would have been boring, flat and boring. Instead, I’ve chosen a different road, going through Regional Po Delta Park and towards Comacchio Valleys.
From Bologna to Marina di Ravenna there is another popular road called Stradelli-Guelfi, which is an old road that used to connect Bologna with the sea and that is also designed as a cycle path. It goes from Bologna towards Castel Guelfo and Lugo di Romagna. It is nice, but you can see with a glance on the map that going in that direction won’t really take you to an immersive experience in a natural park, it is more about small roads, fields, and small villages.
Instead, I decided to join the cycle-way that connects Ferrara to the sea and that goes along Valli di Comacchio. It was an easy ride from Bologna to Budrio and then using always secondary road towards Campotto and the area of the Regional Po Delta Park. In 30 km the road was behind and the path became a gravel track onward marshy fields. It has been easy to find the way thanks to the signages along the track. That was more relaxing and enjoyable than I expected, from that point no cars, not even the sound of them. In about 20 km we reached in Argenta the cycle-way of the Comacchio Valleys.
The Comacchio Lagoon is part of the Po Delta Park. In that area, there are dozens of bird species, such as the pink flamingo that we could easily spot in the shrimp breeding area. The ancient Salina di Comacchio, built in the Napoleonic era for the production of salt, draws a chessboard of water tanks along the cycle-pedestrian path. It was windy and a bit cold, but the atmosphere was so stupefying that was beyond belief that no one was there, we really met only a few people in a whole day.
It was just an amazing ride, surrounded by the water, along a thin strip of land, no one around apart from a few fishermen busy with their nets and pink flamingos we have the pleasure to admire here and there. 110km of pleasure, nature, gravel paths, and tranquility.