Escursions in the mincio park

“BOSCO DELLA FONTANA”: AN ANCIENT FOREST CLOSE TO THE CITY, CHARACTERIZED BY MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AIMED AT BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION

The natural reserve Bosco della Fontana is an ancient forest, historically and ecologically linked to Mantua. It is one of the last forests of the Po river plain and it is part of Natura 2000 EU network. Here conservation management is especially targeted to deadwood-related biodiversity. Bosco della Fontana hosts the National Centre for Forest Biodiversity "Bosco Fontana" - Carabinieri (CNBF) that carries out scientific research on the ecology of saproxylic beetles, forest dynamics and deadwood management practices.
During the excursion through the forest, participants will find different "speakers’ corners", where the following issues will be addressed by the CNBF researches:
  1. Bosco della Fontana generalities and conservation management;
  2. The value of dead wood and the saproxylic organisms;
  3. Biodiversity and protected species;
  4. Monitoring and citizen science;
  5. Historical and artistic background (guided visit to the Gonzaga’s hunting residence).
INFO:
Reservations are mandatory – max 50 participants
Meeting point in Mantua - Piazza D’Arco.
Departure at 10.15 AM, by APAM bus
Duration of two hours, flat track
Return in Mantua at 12.45 AM.



 

BERTONE: ONE THOUSAND TREES AND WHITE STORKS

Guided visit to the Bertone’ garden park, dating back to the nineteenth-century. Participants will enjoy the spectacle of ancient trees with their colorful autumn leaves, among which is the tallest Ginkgo biloba in Italy. In the Bertone Park, the Mincio Park promoted a reintroduction project for the white storks: here many couples nested on the top of the tallest trees in the last years.  
During the excursion, expert guides will explain the distinguishing features of this ancient garden and the various activities planned during the year by the Mincio Park.
Main topics:
  1. The romantic garden-forest: plant species identification and management of the ancient botanical heritage
  2. The European project on white stork reintroduction
  3. Villa Bertone, cultural heritage in the summer residence of the Count D’Arco family.
INFO :
Reservations are mandatory – max 50 participants
Meeting point in Mantua - Piazza D’Arco.
Departure at 11.15 AM, by APAM bus
Duration of 1 hour and half
Return in Mantua at 13.15 AM.



 

SAILING ON THE “LAGO SUPERIORE”

Mantua is a water city, with a continuous symbiosis between art and nature. Sailing around the city is a way to feel this strong link: from the boat perspective one can appreciate the landscape that embraces both the green and the historical sides. Mantua is so rich of trees and gardens that it has been recently designated as the “green capital of Italy”. Also, water has a main importance in the landscape, being the city surrounded by three lakes, sites of the network Natura 2000 for their importance to birds. An expert ornithologist will be present on the boat to show the participants all the different bird species and their habitats.

INFO :
Reservations are mandatory – max 70 participants
Meeting point on the right shore of Lago Superiore, Barbato gardens, pier in front of “La Zanzara” bar.
Boarding on a small heated boat and departure at 2.30 PM
Return at 4.15 PM



 

A GROWING FOREST: CARPANETA

Carpaneta forest is very young: it was planted in 2003, close to Mantua, thanks to a regional project aimed at re-creating “green areas” in the Po river valley and conserving the genetics of the original tree species that first covered this area, the English oak, along with the white hornbeams and other tree and shrubs species. Carpaneta extends on 60 hectares, out of which 41 are forested areas and the remaining are recreative spaces, like “Harlequin Parc”, which has also a didactic function, to preserve the history, culture and traditions of Mantua territory.

During the visit, participants will be conducted in a walk through the forest and the guide will explain:
  1. The forest project and its biogenetic goals;
  2. The “Hortii Vergiliani”, with settings inspired to the works of the Latin poet Publio Virgilio Marone;
  3. he “Harlequin’s triangle”, the” Verzura’s theatre”, the labyrinths and the ”Espace Bouffier”, inspired by the short novel of the French writes Gian Giono  “The man who planted trees”.
INFO:
Reservations are mandatory – max 50 participants
Meeting point in Mantua - Piazza D’Arco.
Departure at 2.15 PM, by APAM bus
Walk of 2 hours
Return in Mantua at 5 PM.



 
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