FIELD TRIPS

1. Pre Congress – Park of (Parco Regionale dei) Gessi Bolognesi e Calanchi dell’Abbadessa

Location: Hills approx. 20 minutes’ drive from Bologna’s center

Monday, June 17th 2024, 11:00 am

Visit caves, forests, and meadows that are frequented by an equally rich community of animal species. Located on the Apennine hills of Bologna, the area hosts a vegetation characterized by Mediterranean presences and also by plant and animal species that are typical of higher altitudes. The field trip could involve the following stops:

  1. Spipola Doline and Cave: Depending on the numbers of interested participants, the attendees could be allowed in the cave – an exceptional prerogative.
  2. Ex Cava a Filo and Monte Castello: A sinkhole that exposed paleontological finds from the Wurmian era, including a cervid skull (megacero) and numerous prehistoric bison bones (Bison priscus).
  3. Packed lunch and stop at local resting area.
  4. Oasi fluviale del Molino Grande: Riparian forest of the Idice stream with monumental trees and avifauna and wildlife typical of floodplain areas. There are also bat, bird and insect boxes that will be illustrated.

Speleological visit: the speleological visit goes into a cave for about 500 meters; the route is simple, almost horizontal and without significant dangers; however, it requires agility because some points force you to walk on all fours; the cave is natural and requires clothing suitable for the temperature of the cave (12° C) and the muddy ground ; the organization will provide individual lights and helmets.

Notes: Our major “field guide” (supported by local conservation biologists) will  be David Bianco Responsabile dell’Area Ambiente, Ente di gestione per i Parchi e la Biodiversità. David is enthusiastic about his protected areas, governmental work, with excellent ecological background and also a great communicator.

Capacity (people): min One Bus  max Three Busses 

Difficulty for hikers (easy, medium effort, difficult): medium

Length (approx km walked for whole trip): 7 km (5+2)

Elevational gain (approx <200m; 200-400m; 400+m): <200m

Price: € 65 (VAT included)

The visit includes:

  • An English speaking tour leader
  • A nature guide
  • Private transportation
  • Packed lunch

The visit will be held only with a minimum of 30 people.

2. Pre Congress – San Marino: between culture and nature

Location: Republic of San Marino, city centre

Monday, June 17th 2024, 4:30 pm

You will visit one of the smallest European microstates and the oldest Republic in the world. Located in central Italy, at around 100 km from Bologna, San Marino has surprisingly succeeded in maintaining its independence during the centuries.
Join the excursion to view beautiful landscapes, learn some curiosities about San Marino’s culture, and taste traditional food!
During the visit, you will also meet some researchers involved in studying and conserving local biodiversity.

Capacity (people): min 30 – max 50

Difficulty for hikers: easy (nevertheless, in San Marino city centre there are many ups and downs)

Length: 2-3 km

Elevational gain: 200 m

Notes: No packed lunch; there will be free time for lunch

Price: € 65 (VAT included)

The visit includes:

  • An English speaking tour leader and guide
  • Private transportation

The visit will be held only with a minimum of 30 people.

3. Post Congress – Exploring the natural and cultural heritage of the Emilia-Romagna region, from Comacchio and its valleys to Ravenna and its mosaics

Location: Comacchio, Po Delta Regional Park and Ravenna

Saturday, June 22th 2024, 09:30 am

This itinerary provides a mix of natural beauty in Comacchio and the Po Delta, along with the rich cultural heritage of Ravenna. Leaving Bologna, you will reach the charming town of Comacchio, famous as “Little Venice” for its network of canals and bridges. You will visit Trepponti, an iconic five-arched bridge, and explore the historic center with colorful houses and lively squares. Then, you will do a boat ride to the Po Delta Regional Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to explore the wetlands and you will have lunch at Bettolino di Foce. In the afternoon, continuing towards Ravenna you stop in Punte Alberete, a freshwater wetland, characterized by an ancient geomorphology, and hosting many species of birds and various reptiles of great interest. Finally, you will arrive in Ravenna to see the city and its Byzantine mosaics (UNESCO World Heritage sites) to end the day in a local trattoria to eat traditional Romagna food.

Notes:

Travel agency to organize the trip in Comacchio: Po Delta Tourism tel. 0533 81302  https://www.podeltatourism.it/it/attraction/102/2620)

Contact to organize the visit to Ravenna mosaics: 

Laura Gramantieri – OrienteOccidente APS – www.oriente-occidente.com – +39 338.9684251

Restaurant for lunch at the Po Delta: Bettolino di Foce (http://www.vallidicomacchio.info/ristorante-comacchio-ferrara.html)

Restaurants for dinner in Ravenna: Mercato Coperto (https://mercatocopertodiravenna.it/) or Ca de Ven (https://cadeven.it/)

Free sponsorship: Parco del Delta del Po

Capacity (people): min 30 max 40

Difficulty for hikers (easy, medium effort, difficult): easy

Length (approx km walked for whole trip): all day or two days (sleeping in Ravenna).

Elevational gain (approx <200m; 200-400m; 400+m): < 200 m

Price: € 90 (VAT included)

The visit includes:

  • An English speaking tour leader
  • A nature guide
  • Private transportation
  • Ticket for Ravenna museum
  • Ticket Comacchio Museum Pass
  • Packed lunch

The visit will be held only with a minimum of 30 people.

4. Post Congress – Parco Regionale del Corno alle Scale

Location: Cavone lake, approx. 2 h drive from Bologna

Saturday, June 22th 2024, 09:30 am

This excursion will allow to explore montane environments between the beech belt and the summit area of the Apennines. In particular, during this fieldtrip we will observe:

  1. Beech forest with temperate-central-European vegetation
  2. Subalpine scrublands dominated by Ericaceae
  3. Summit grassland species-rich vegetation and siliceous rock outcrop vegetation, both including  several arctic-alpine species that are at their southernmost limit of the distributional range.

Along the path it will be possible to look at some restoration and conservation actions managed by the administration of the park.

From the summit of Corno alle Scale the view is fantastic: from the Thyrrenian coast (southward) to the Alps (northward).

Notes: Personnel of the administration of the Park will contribute to this fieldtrip illustrating management actions.

Capacity (people): min: one pullman   max: one pullman

Difficulty for hikers (easy, medium effort, difficult): medium-difficult

Length (approx km walked for whole trip): Cavone lake-summit of Corno alle Scale, approx 3 Km

Elevational gain (approx <200m; 200-400m; 400+m): 500m

Price: € 78 (VAT included)

The visit includes:

  • An English speaking tour leader
  • A nature guide
  • Private transportation
  • Packed lunch

The visit will be held only with a minimum of 30 people.

5. Post Congress – Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campigna National Park

Location: From Passo della Calla to Eremo di Camaldoli, Stia, AR. Approx 2 hr driving from Bologna

Saturday, June 22th 2024, 09:30 am

Beautiful hike on a ridge trail on the watershed between Tuscany and Romagna. The hike starts at Passo della Calla (mt.1296) and follows the “Alta Via dei Parchi”, along the border of the Sasso Fratino Strict reserve, one of the most valuable old-growth forests of Italy. The trail touches a series of middle elevation summits always remaining in the shade of beech and silver fir forest, which here and there opens to allow the sight of the Romagna side of the national park, including the Ridracoli Dam. After passing Prato al Soglio, the trail takes the right and descends towards the Sacred Hermitage of Camaldoli. After a short visit to the Hermitage of Camaldoli, we will be picked up by the bus for returning to Passo della Calla, and back to Bologna.

Notes:

Link to a description of the tour: https://it.wikiloc.com/percorsi-escursionismo/passo-della-calla-eremo-di-camaldoli-16305680 

The tour can be complemented with visits to local sheep farms, where we can discuss conservation-related issues regarding the coexistence of sheep farming and wolves, as well as the instruments deployed by the National Park to limit human-wildlife conflicts, e.g., guardian dogs and workshops for shepherds.

Capacity (people): min  30 people  max 50 people

Difficulty for hikers (easy, medium effort, difficult): medium

Length (approx km walked for whole trip): 10 km

Elevational gain (approx <200m; 200-400m; 400+m): 200-400

Price: € 78 (VAT included)

The visit includes:

  • An English speaking tour leader
  • A nature guide
  • Private transportation
  • Packed lunch

The visit will be held only with a minimum of 30 people.