28 April 2016
Established by the Regione Lombardia, this gorgeous piece of nature occupies the entire river bend from Ponti sul Mincio to Governolo in the Roncoferraro area, where the River Mincio flows into the Po. It comprises the Riserva Naturale Orientata delle Valli del Mincio, Riserva Naturale Orientata di Castellaro Lagusello, Riserva Naturale della Vallazza, Parco delle Bertone and Riserva Naturale Orientata di Bosco Fontana.
Nature reserve Castellaro Lagusello: A nature reserve in the rolling hills above Lake Garda featuring perfect examples of all the typical features of moraines: small depressions with bogs and marshes, and a lake with a high degree of biodiversity, especially fish species. Various animals and birds breed near the shores of the lake and in the adjacent woodland.
Parco delle Bertone: This is a typically romantic park where visitors can admire exotic and local trees, some up to 150 years old. The woodlands, beautiful views and small lake all create the ideal atmosphere for a delightful stroll. Since 1994, this park has been home to a center for the reintroduction of the white stork.
Nature reserve Bosco Fontana: A biogenetic nature reserve since 1976, Bosco della Fontana is an almost flat square of woodland where you’ll a hunting-lodge built by Vincenzo I, Duke of Mantua, almost exactly in the center. Nearby, you can also see the spring, or the ‘Fontana’ after which the wood is named. The reserve is also the site of the state forestry corps’ scientific research center, which monitors the level of biodiversity in Italy’s forests.