Around Argenta in the province of Ferrara in the River Po Delta are five 'ecomusei' or eco-museums. They are the 'Oasi di Val Campotto', the 'Museo della Bonifica', the 'Museo Civico', the 'Centro Culturale ai Cappuccini' and the 'Museo delle Valli d'Argenta'. The last in the list was awarded the prize for Best European Museum in 1992.
The 'Oasi delle Valli di Argenta' is a protected wildlife area in the Argenta valley. In 1971 it was declared a 'zone umide' of international importance. This meant the micro climate of the area was sufficiently delicate to warrant protection and to encourage the continued breeding of many acquatic birds. In fact, the oasis is one of 6 locations which form the 'Parco Regionale del Delta del Po', an area visited by over 25 million people every year.
Argenta is also famous for its annual fair held every September and is a reference point for bringing together many local operators who are involved in sector of agriturismo, cycling and horseback tours, camping and 'ecomusei' or 'parks' holidays. Be careful not to confuse 'turismo naturalistico' with 'turismo naturismo'. The latter means nudist colonies and is an acquired taste.
Argenta is 34km from Ferrara and not much further from Poggio Renatico and Sant'Agostino. During the first week of September the latter is holding the 'Old Festival of the Truffle' while the 'Festival of the Salama da Sugo' is on at the former.
That's pork meat with black pepper, cinnamon and cloves at Poggio Renatico and the white truffle of Bosco Panfilia at Sant'Agostino.
See also Cervia