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The Po Delta

The mighty Po flows for 400 miles across Italy and in many ways defines the north of the country. Penny Wainwright visits the area where it meets the sea…


Piazza Trento e Trieste, Ferrara
Torre Abate, a 16th-century wind-powered lock system near Mesola
looking across the reeds and islands of Sacca di Goro
Pomposa Abbey
Captain Doriano with his boat in the fishing port of Gorino
the evening market outside Castello Estense, Ferrara
Images by Penny Wainwright
inside Pomposa Abbey
nets for sea bass in the Sacca di Goro

The Renaissance city of Ferrara and the River Po Delta are a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, linking Ferrara, the Delta and its landscape. My 48-hour visit began after a short drive from Bologna airport to Ferrara. I arrived in the evening and walked from my hotel into the centre. I passed Via delle Volte, a street with arched passageways which ran parallel to the River Po. These passageways connected merchants’ houses to their riverside warehouses. Ferrara was buzzing with bars and restaurants filled with people. I sat outside Enoteca al ‘Brindisi’ in a narrow street of bars, enjoying a drink in the warmth of the evening.

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True to form, this issue is packed with fascinating features and articles covering the Italian peninsula. You’ll love the evocative account of a visit to Genoa – our cover star this month – there is so much to see and admire, and take a boat trip out onto the Venetian lagoon to explore the forgotten islands, all with poignant tales to tell. Our newest writer Anna takes us on a tour of the Alta Maremma, once a marshy swamp and now the home to some of the finest wines in Italy, while the Po Delta is the destination for a weekend away.