Active Delta and Fossil Delta

The Delta is generally divided into two parts corresponding to its younger part, called "Active Delta", and to its most ancient part, called "Fossil Delta".

The Active Delta is the result of the river flow since 1604, that is when the people of Venice performed the so-called "Taglio di Porto Viro" (Porto Viro Cut-Off), the waterworks deviating the course of the river Po towards the south. The waterworks were built were today Taglio di Po rises, a town recalling with its name that measure.

The Active Delta is therefore the most recent territory in the Po area, and represents the stretch involving Parco Regionale Veneto and consisting of five main branches and other minor branches.

From Po Grande or di Venezia,Po di Maistra branches out in the north (since it is controlled by the lock of Volta Grimana, Po di Levante can no longer be considered an active branch); Po Piccolo or di GoroPo della Donzella or Gnocca, and Po delle Tollebranch out in the south. In its final stretch, Po di Venezia is called Po di Pila, branching off into Busa di Tramontana in the north and Busa di Scirocco in the south; in the point towards the sea, the river Po is called Busa Dritta and flows into Punta Maistra, where you will find Pila Lighthouse.

The Fossil Delta begins in the south of Po di Volano, where the Po Delta was situated in the Middle Ages. This area is no longer crossed by the active branches of the river and preserves some wetlands, like valli Bertuzzi and di Comacchio, which are what remains today of the boundless swamps covering the whole territory until the last century.

The Delta

Parco del DeltaThe river Po, called the “gentle giant”, is the longest river in Italy. With its 650 km (about 400 miles), it runs through the Po Plain and flows into the Adriatic Sea, forming a delta and one of the largest wetlands in Europe and in the Mediterranean Sea.


Experiencing the Delta

Vivere il DeltaThe Po Delta is a wonderful land, most of which is still unknown. It should be experienced by walking slowly across it, discovering the gentleness of its landscape, the warm and rough welcome of the fishing lodges, the emotion of the boat bridges, the mystery of the thick canebrakes, the wide horizons, the activity in the fishing lagoons and in the vegetable gardens, the charm of the mouth and of the sandbars, strips of very thin sand following the seashore.


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