Nature Tour: Embrasing nature in the beauty of the Italian countryside!

 

We propose a variety of activities, amongst our naturally beautiful surrounds, aimed to harmonize participants with nature’s bliss. Our locations offers a great diversity  of natural habitats and each its own inspiring particularity. All activities are guided by authorized and professional associations, competent in organizing workshops to your specific curriculum requirements.

Each hosting association can bespoke activities and has a variety of scheduled programs throughout the year for you to choose from. Please note, these are essential points in the organization of a rich educational package and the possibility we offer to personalize activities will result beneficial to students.

Below a sample program. (Please note we can change the program to suit your personal requirements)

Below a list of all the locations we can visit with a link to their respective website for photos and information on the programs they can provide.

Day1 – Arrival. Private transport transfer from destination airport to lodgings. We’ll have a warm welcoming meal to get to know everybody and summarize all aspects of the program.

Day2Carne’ Nature Park

A wonderful experience to be had, embracing the warmth of  nature as we explore and discover the breath-taking beauty of our countryside. Please click title for official site. Carne’ national Park

Please click this link to view some photos of the park. Also click this link for Google Maps view

This park has been recently established to safeguard the largest gypsum ridge in Italy, a spectacular silvery grey ridge. From the Sillaro valley up to Brisighella, in the Lamone valley, the hills of Romagna are marked by a spectacular silvery grey gypsum ridge which abruptly interrupts the gentle rolling hills creating a unique landscape. This outcrop is the longest and most imposing gypsum ridge in Italy; it is 25 km long and on average about one and a half kilometres wide.

Like the not so distant Parco Regionale dei Gessi Bolognesi e Calanchi dell’Abbadessa, this area is characterised by particular karst formations which include dolines, blind valleys and a great number of caves, including many “abysses” (vertical hollows in the area of record-breaking lengths). This wonderful park also coves a fantastic geological cave.

The hypogeal habitat is of great importance as it hosts particular fauna mainly made up of invertebrates and bats, such as the mouse-eared bat, lesser mouse-eared bat, greater horseshoe bat and long-fingered bat, which sometimes form colonies in the caves. Amphibians include the rare cave salamander which can be seen at the entrance of caves, while the rare yellow-bellied toad lives at the bottom of dolines and small valleys.

Among the birds of this park, the eagle owl is of particular interest since it is not very common in Italy as it likes to nest on sheltered ledges on undisturbed rocky walls; it is also worth mentioning  the presence of the nightjar and other birds typical of Mediterranean habitats, such as the blue rock thrush, ortolan bunting and Sardinian warbler.

Day3 –  Bologna ( the passionate heart of Italy)
One of Italy’s most attractive and interesting cites. Bologna has a vast amount of  stunning building, interesting monuments and a truly epic historical and cultural past. This passionate aura is everywhere. The wonderful scent of Italian food that purfumes the  side streets. The warm rustic colour of the walls. The breath-taking beauty of hand carved building decor.  Not forgetting its mysterious underground flows and Roman aqueducts.
Click through these links for a Google Map view, a variety of images and useful information.
Roman Underground aqueducts of Bologna city – http://www.gsb-usb.it/Mostre/acquedotto-romano.html
Day4 – Delta del PO. An unforgettable experience where culture meets nature.

Delta del PO National Park and Nature Reserve ( Please click link for official site)

Please click this link to Google Maps view. Also click this link to view images

Comacchio A wonerful village we can visit for lunch. Click this link for information. Also click this link  for images and click this link for Goolge Maps view.

The Parco Regionale Delta del Po is the largest park in the region with a surface area of about 60,000 hectares divided into six areas called “stations” which cover the southern part of the large Po Delta; this territory has a rich fauna, including a great number of birds that find their ideal habitat here. This is also one of the most interesting areas in Emilia-Romagna for cultural heritage. Some of the main historical-artistic sites include Pomposa, Comacchio and Sant’Apollinare in Classe. The park only extends over the most southern part of the delta, which flows into the Adriatic Sea, and includes the Po River mouths of Goro and Volano. The area south of Goro also includes the mouths of some of the rivers that flow down from the Apennines, that is Reno, Senio, Lamone, Fiumi Uniti (Ronco and Montone), Bevano and Savio as well as extensive brackish and humid areas. The Park includes other particularly important environments such as the Bosco della Mesola and the Pinewoods of Ravenna and Cervia.

In the Comacchio Valleys and in the Bertuzzi Valley, filled with flamingos in spring and autumn, the vegetation is rather peculiar due to the high level of salinity of the soil. The salicornia is a typical plant that grows in this type of soil; other plants that grow in this area, away from this particular type of soil, include the common ditch reed borders, tufts of sea rush and limonium which stands out with its showy flowers. The Bosco della Mesola, located in the northern part of the park, is one of the most important examples of natural woods in the Po Plain and includes some very large-sized trees. The most common species found in the woods is the holm-oak, while narrow leaved ash, white poplar and common elm grow in the shallow parts between the dunes. English oak and European hornbeam grow in the western wooded area.

The Oasi di Punte Alberete near Ravenna is the last flooded forest in this region and its woodland area is of great natural interest. White water-lily, frogbit and floating plants grow near the ponds and ditches of sweet water, while tree species typical of humid areas grow on the crests of the dunes – so called “staggi”. In the Argenta Valleys there is also the Traversante, an example of woodlands which are regularly submerged.

Trees include weeping willows and poplars, while the most common shrubs are “biangola”; sometimes tufts of tufted sedge can be seen in the flooded fields as well as spring snowflake and flowering rush. Rare species of orchids also grow in this habitat. Ditch reed grows at a reasonable depth while true aquatic species (white water-lily, yellow water-lily and fringed water-lily) can be found in the centre of the valleys where the water is between 50 cm and 2 metres deep.

Despite the impoverishment of the wildlife heritage of the Delta area over the centuries, in the last decades there has been a trend reversal and protected species have returned here to nest such as the common spoonbills, Mediterranean gull, slender billed gull, sandwich tern and the lesser crested tern. Land predators such as badgers, foxes, weasels and beech-martens have also returned taking quickly possession of the plain. More than 250 species of birds can be sighted here; the highest number of species in the territory.

Day5 – FenzaA wonderful journey from the earth to the stars.

We’ll begin the day by visiting the pretty town of Faenza. A short while will be taken for us to immerse into the wonderful market atmoshpere, then  a guided visit of the Milzetti palace will definately spark our hunger of Italian culture. A break for lucnh at our frindly cafe’ and then a visit to the Berdandi Museum for a pre-talk of the amazing evening that will await. After a relaxing afternoon strolling through the Valletta’s wonderful flowers and herbs, we’ll dine under the stars and the entertainment of an Astrologist from the Berdandi Museum, who will kindly dsciuss the stars and the mystery of the univers.

Please click the link for Google Map of the the valletta Garden. Also click this link for images of the garden

Please click on this link to Google Map view of Faenza. Also click this link for images.

Earthquake study Centre –  http://www.osservatoriobendandi.it

Astrology Centre – http://astrofaenza.racine.ra.it

Please note we’ll also pay a visit to the magnificent Palazzo Milzetti

Day6 – A wonderful day along the Italian Riviera – Cesenatico and Cervia

The Floating Section includes the exhibition of 10 traditional boats of High and Middle Adriatic,
each of them characterized by its own features. The two boats on the other side of the bridge are sailing boats allowing to know and try the ancient sailing skills. With good weather the boats hoist  their sails decorated with symbols of fishers’ families. The biggest boat is a Trabaccolo da trasporto (cargo lugger) a real small sailer used for local coastal navigation.

The ground floor of the museum is dedicated to traditional boats: here you can see as they were  built and what materials they were made of, as they were pushed, as they manoeuvred and as  they disappeared when the engine boats were introduced.

Central area. Here two of the most typical boats of the High Adriatic dated back to the last period of sailing marine are exhibited: a trabaccolo called Cidia and a bragozzo called Vigo, both built-in 1921.

The Antiquarium located in the building next to the Marine Museum tells the everyday life in the Roman period: road conditions, house and domestic tools, work in furnaces. Here you can also admire an exhibition of archaeological items found in the area around Cesenatico like, for example, two valuable fragmentary statues of Daedalus and Icarus. A room is dedicated to the Fortress and the Tower, two defensive works that have dominated for many centuries the landscape of Cesenatico before being definitely destroyed.

Day7 – Ravenna. One of Europe’s cultural capitals.
A picturesque garden blooming with cultural and historical bouquets. That’s all word can really say. Seeing this city is a definite must. It truly has so much to offer.
Click through these links for a Google Map view, a variety of images and useful information.
For information on the archaeological site of Lido di Classe by Ravenna, please click on the below links.
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