River hiking - River Panaro (Northern Italy)

The Po River is the longest Italian river and stands in the northern part of Italy where it gave rise to the Po Plain.

The River Panaro is the easternmost tributary of the Po river right side and it stands for almost its length (around 148 Km) in the Province of Modena even if a smaller part (the last Kms with the outlet in the Po river) is in the Province of Ferrara.

The course of the Panaro river can be subdivided into two main segments: a mountain/hill segment and one of the plain.

In the mountain segment, it is possible to hike and to observe many landscapes, environments, rocky formations, animals, and plants with flowers.


Badlands are typical scenarios of the Northern Apennines in those areas where clayey rocks prevail. Where their extension is particularly big they build a sort of alien landscapes where vegetation is not almost present and during the summer sunny days it can be very very hot.


Where bedded rocks prevail, along the riverbed water can flow on the different strata, eroding mainly the clayey and marly ones, building natural sculptures and small waterfalls.



The presence of boulders and pebbles with fewer sands testifies of the strong power of the river waters during especially during the rainy periods (in spring and in fall).


There also are some places less beaten by the water current where beaches of soft sands can form and where it is possible to find animal traces.


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