Ca' Roman Natural Reserve

Route details Recommended period Spring, Autumn Phone+39 340 6192175

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To be travelled on foot or by bicycle.

Nestled in the southern part of the Venetian lagoon, Ca' Roman is an extraordinary natural reserve and offers one of the best preserved dune environments of the Northern Adriatic which is uniquely rich in fauna. Because of its natural value, Ca' Roman has been declared a Site of Community Importance (SCI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA).

Nearly 200 species of bird were counted: from the common kingfisher and the Mediterranean gull, which permanently stay on the island, to the European bee-eater who spends the summer here, from the winter sparrow hawk to the very rare Kentish plover and little tern.

The Reserve is uninhabited and barely touched by tourism, except during the months of July and August. The best time to visit is from March to June and from September to November. These are the best times to see the birds that stop on the island during their migrations and to take in the surrounding environment. The Fortress of Ca' Roman is another of the island's highlights. It was built at the beginnings of the 1800s and was a strategic outpost during Austrian rule: it was used to control the entrance to Chioggia's port and was surrounded by a moat.

The reserve is about ten minutes by car from Chioggia. Or from Lido di Venezia, from where a bus leaves for Pellestrina (passage by boat). The best way to explore the oasis and its surroundings is in any case by bicycle, which allows you to stop off in the nearby and colourful Pellestrina.