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Pian di Spagna NAture Reserve: a jewel North of Lake Como

During an afternoon last May (2013), I went to Pian di Spagna and Lake Mezzola Nature Reserve, a beautiful wetland between Lake Como and Lake Mezzola.

Pian di Spagna Nature Reserve was established with the resolution of the Regional Council no. 86 of 30/11/83. It was founded to ensure, in the spirit of the Ramsar Convention (IRAN, 1971), a suitable environment for the stopping and nesting of migratory birds. Furthermore, the aim of the reserve is the safeguard and maintain the action of the natural and landscape features of the wetland, to regulate the visit of the protected area with didactic-recreational purposes, to bring under control the local social and economic activities, and respect the environment conservation needs.

Here you can observe several different species of birds throughout the year. In addition, due to the position close to the Alps, many birds stop here to rest during their migrations.

Pian di Spagna and Lake Mezzola Nature Reserve is an exciting alternative to Lake Como: inside the reserve and around it, you can do bird watching, take guided tours, walk, cycle or have a boat tour.

July 2018 Updates: a few years ago, I discovered that renting an electric boat and going around the Pian di Spagna e Lago di Mezzola reserve is possible. It is also possible to rent a bike and follow the cycle path arriving in Morbegno.

Lake Como Pian di Spagna natural Reserve

Sara – tourism sector consultant

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