Towards Mesola along the dirt roads of the Po Delta
Itinerary: Lido di Volano, Pomposa, Monticelli, Mesola, Santa Giustina, Goro, Lido di Volano
Cycling along country roads, cycle paths and dirt tracks will enable you to discover some of the most fascinating works of architecture of the Ferrara area, including Pomposa Abbey and Mesola Castle, the ancient residence of the Este family in the late-16th century. Starting from Lido di Volano, this loop route is entirely located within the Bosco di Mesola and the Po Delta Park, a nature reserve between the sea and plain characterised by numerous water works. Along the route, you will come to Pomposa and its famous abbey, before reaching Mesola Castle. Here you can visit the residences of the Este dynasty and take a coffee break in Piazza Umberto I. The route then continues as far as the Goro and Gorino marinas before returning to Lido di Volano.
Torre Abate – Located in the locality of Santa Giustina, just a few kilometres south-east of Mesola, the Torre Abate is one of the most impressive symbols of the water works carried out by the Este family in the sixteenth century to reclaim the Ferrara wetlands. The building was initially used as a water runoff sewer and later for control and defence purposes. The surrounding area lends itself to a pleasant break before continuing your ride towards the sea.