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The Po River Park in Turin

Flora, fauna and traces of history: prepare yourself to be surprised by the Great River and “its” park.

 

When you think of a typical “natural park”, vast woods, white peaks and herds of wild animals come to mind. But this river park is anything but typical: it is “unique” and its unexpected beauty will blow you away. This park, which extends over 5,168 hectares of land, is formed by a group of protected areas, each one different from the other and rich in important historical and architectural features. As a matter of fact, the rivers of the Turin region are places of flourishing vegetation and corridors for migrating birds; here one can discover exciting landscapes and the traces of the past which united man and river.

Of particular interest in the park are the Oasi del Po morto (The Oasis of the dead Po), and the Lanca di San Michele (St Michael’s oxbow lake), between Carignano, Carmagnola and Villastellone, where rare amphibians, reptiles and birds live together with many sedentary birds, at the convergence of the Maira, the last major tributary of the river Po before reaching Turin, where willow and poplar trees run along the stretch of river which is particularly rich in fish.

 
The Po River Park in Turin