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Porto Tolle



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Porto Tolle

Porto Tolle is the largest town of the Veneto Regional Park of the Po Delta and the youngest territory of the Paduan plain.  These lands were “torn away from the water” and originally claimed by noble Venetian families and first used for hunting and fishing.  After draining operations the lands were reclaimed for agricultural purposes and the Venetian families built several country houses from which the different areas of the town got their names.  This district, one of the most extensive in the Veneto, is extraordinarily rich in natural environments which have influenced the history, the traditions and the economy of the inhabitants throughout the years.  The lagoons and the fishing valleys have encouraged development in one sector: the fishing industry, especially shell-fish farming with its “water gardens” and the more traditional lagoon fish breeding.  From this fruitful relationship between man and environment come quality products such as mussels, clams, grey mullet, bream, sea bass and bluefish.  Another strongpoint of the economy is agriculture, highlighted in the vast expanses of fields most of which are for the cultivation of rice awarded the high quality IGP (Protective Geographical Indication) label.  Today, Porto Tolle can also count on the development of the tourism sector, pursued with respect to the natural landscape.  Worth visiting are the beaches of Boccasette and Barricata, stretches of fine sand with sea beds which become gently shallow and the fascinating unspoilt natural environment of the mouth of the river which may be discovered on daily excursions by flat-boat or boat leaving from the embankment of the Po river, behind the Town Hall.  In spring and summer one may enjoy several local events: between July and August the melon festival at Ca’ Mello, in September “Delta in Fiera” which celebrates typical local products and the not to be missed “Parco Deltajazz” a travelling festival of shows and concerts with after-dark navigation along the Po.