Pontevecchio di Magenta, Ticino park
The Ticino Valley is the most important and widespread plain among the natural areas of the entire Po Valley.
Ever since ancient times, the peculiar geomorphological conditions have led to a widespread use of the entire area.
In spite of this, this still remains a valuable area both in terms of landscape variety, and for the rich ecosystems, the protection of which has largely contributed to the active conservation of natural environments and the complex ecosystems that characterize the whole area.
At the end of 1999, the candidature of the two Ticino Parks to join the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of the UNESCO MAB Programme was accepted.
This acknowledgement, given in 2002, was the recognition of nearly thirty years of activity and awarded the determination shown by the two consortia for the protection of an area, which is constantly under pressure. Furthermore, it contributes to envisage and finalize management models for natural areas that are located in highly urbanized and industrialized regions.
The Ticino Parco can be visited in many different ways: it offers various pathways, where nature, history and art are intertwined; thereby creating a special atmosphere that can be enjoyed by bike, on foot, in canoe or on horseback. The respect for the Park and its inhabitants is perhaps the only limit to visitors. Every year nearly eight hundred thousand people visit the park. It is therefore of fundamental importance that everyone respects the trees, the fauna, the waters and the air and does not interfere with the delicate balance of the Park ecosystems. Everyone should remember that this is a rare and precious green lung in the middle of one of the most densely populated and industrialized areas in Italy.
Address: Consorzio Parco Lombardo della Valle del Ticino - Via Isonzo 1
City: Pontevecchio di Magenta