Published on: 23 March 2013 | Last updated: 8 February 2018
The route starts from Ravenna heading towards the Lago di Comacchio where it detours inland to the little town of Comacchio. Look out for the flamingoes. Comacchio was once an important centre for salt production (once a vitally important and scarce commodity - ‘oro bianco’ white gold). It’s definitely worth a stop: look out for the unusual Trepponti triple bridge.
After Comacchio it takes you through the Parco Delta Po, skirting the nature reserve of the Gran Bosco della Mesola to the fishing village of Gorino at the mouth of the river Po.
If you get the time, make the short detour to the Abbazia (abbey) di Pomposa. Much of the church dates back almost a millennium, the nucleus of the church was built between the 7th and 9th centuries. The frescoes in the nave were painted in the 13th century.
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There are a plenty of hotels in Ravenna and on the coast north of Ravenna, but there are a lot fewer in the Po delta area.
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I use Booking.com to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirmation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accommodation.
I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the opportunity to let me know if there’s a problem.
Many properties offer free cancellation but it’s a good idea to check the conditions as these vary from property to property.
There's a hostel in Ravenna: the Hostel Dante.
There are lots of campsites along the coast north of Ravenna and on the coast near Comacchio. Finding a site towards the end of the section may be trickier - there’s a sosta camper on the road passing the Gran Bosco della Mesola - a sosta camper is a place for campervans but it’s on a grassy site so it should be possible to camp there. There’s also a small sosta camper with minimal services at Gorino - again it might be possible to camp there if you are stuck
Articles in this series
- Islands and lagoons of the Adriatic Coast: Overview
- Islands and lagoons of the Adriatic Coast – Part 1
- Islands and lagoons of the Adriatic Coast – Part 2
- Islands and lagoons of the Adriatic Coast – Part 3
- Islands and lagoons of the Adriatic Coast – Part 4
- Islands and lagoons of the Adriatic Coast – Part 5
- Islands and lagoons of the Adriatic Coast – Part 6