The beauty of summer in Emilia-Romagna lies in the versatility of the territory: you can enjoy a day on the sandy beaches of the coastline, or choose to go for a hike in the lush, green forests of the hinterland. Whatever floats your boat – pun intended – you will be able to find something to do during the hot summer days in Emilia-Romagna.
Here is a list of all the water sports that you can practice in Emilia-Romagna:
If you enjoy taking it slow in beautiful, unspoilt nature, what we recommend is a lovely canoeing excursion! In the valleys of Comacchio you will be able to slip on the Po river delta: from the Stazione Foce into the Fattibello valley, Spavola and Capre.
Ravenna and its northern shores are another great option, where you can discover the brackish lagoon of Pialassa della Baiona or the Canna Valley, where so many rare birds nest, making the area even more interesting.
Sailing is a sport that combines physical and technical skills. On the Riviera there are many nautical and sailing clubs that organize courses for all levels: from Rimini to the coasts in the province of Ferrara, you will be able to find professional sailors that can take you out at sea and show you the ropes of this peculiar sport.
You can also sail in the Suviana Lake, in the Suviana and Brasimone Lakes National Park, just a few steps from Bologna.
KAYAKING AND RAFTING
If you are more of a thrill seeker, the Region has some great kayaking and rafting spots as well. Along the Trebbia river, in the town of Cortebrugnatella, the canyoning and kayaking school awaits you. The river Enza also has morphological features suitable for kayaking.
The western part of the Taro and Ceno valleys also offers some great spots for kayaking, and are very well-known by enthusiasts, thanks to the particular characteristics of the Taro and Ceno river and some of their tributaries.
If you’re even more adventurous, you can also go rafting: just a short walk from Bologna, a great spot is the river Limentra.
WIND AND KITE SURF
The Adriatic is a great spot for wind and kite surfing, a sport born in Hawaii that every year attracts more and more enthusiasts, teaching them how to combine water and air into a challenging yet amazing experience.
Discover the schools of the Riviera and go for it!
The underwater world is certainly very fascinating: to be immersed in the dark waters, in search of something that strikes one’s attention, with nothing but the sound of your own breathing. With the right training, there are many places in Emilia Romagna where you can go diving. An interesting spot is in Porto Corsini (Ravenna), where the Paguro Wreck lies at the bottom of the sea, after it was destroyed and suspended because of a serious accident. You can still see it today, between the flora and fauna of our sea, and if you are lucky you cna get to see some dolphins as well.
To dive, you need to be professionally trained and own a diving license.
Discover the diving centers in Emilia-Romagna.
Last but not least, of course, Emilia-Romagna is full of great opportunities for swimmers of every level.
I am a curious explorer from Emilia-Romagna and usually spend my time planning my next trip, searching for the most authentic traditions of the Italian hinterland.