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Ostiglia Swamps

Ostiglia Swamp Nature Reserve is a rare example of an elevated swamp, the last testimony of the Great Verona Valleys, a vast swamp - over 30,000 hectares - whose reclamation began around 1850 but ended only in the 1970s.

Ostiglia Swamp Nature Reserve is a rare example of an elevated swamp, the last testimony of the Great Verona Valleys, a vast swamp - over 30,000 hectares - whose reclamation began around 1850 but ended only in the 1970s. The protected area, established in 1984, extends over 120 hectares in the municipality of Ostiglia on the border with Veneto. It hosts 175 species of birds, as well as some valuable and rare habitats that have given it recognition at European level (the Reserve is part of the European ecological network called Natura 2000) and worldwide (Ostiglia swamps are one of the 51 wetlands of international importance in Italy). Because of all birds and animals’ presence, Ostiglia Swamps are part of the Oasis of the Italian Bird Protection League (LIPU) network. Among the most valuable animal species there are: Lataste frog, a red frog that lives exclusively in the Po Plain, Bittern and Purple Heron (two rare rushes herons), in addition to the marsh harrier, the viviparous lizard and the Marsh turtle. Inside the protected area there is a convenient path connecting the visitor center to the observation points. Access to the reserve is free and allowed at all times of the year on foot or by bicycle. Ostiglia Swamps are connected to the protected areas of the Park System of the Oltrepò Mantovano through the Park Cycle route, they lie along Via Claudia Augusta - a cycle path that traces the path of the ancient imperial road that connected Danube River to Po river - and cycle route 9 in the province of Mantua.