Along the road leading to the Volano Beach through the S.S. Romea, the white outline of the Biotopic Cannevié stands out against the surrounding green landscape, among valleys and grove reeds,.
The big complex, which was built in the XVIII century and served originally as fishing and marination station, has a significant environmental value. The wholly renovated “casone” has two floors and a characteristic elongated rectangular plan: on the northern side, there is a beautiful full height projecting fireplace. Close to this “big house”, the Cannevié mansion, that is the manor, was built in later times despite the XVIII century Venetian influence.
The main structure of the mansion has two floors and the central part of it has a mezzanine topped with a sober triangular pediment. The main front is characterized by two protruding chimneys. The house of the guardian of the Valley was also part of the Cannevié complex.
Nearby, the brown “casone Porticino” was already in existence in the sixteenth century, as evidenced in the transcription of the inventary of the goods of Alfonso II d’Este, among which it was listed.
The Cannevié and Porticino Valleys are oases for the protection of fauna managed by the Province of Ferrara and among the loveliest places in the Po Delta Park. The valleys, crossed by sublagoon canals, have an average depth of about 60 cm.
The Cannevié-Porticino Valley is the only body of water which was excluded from the drainage works undertaken on the close Giralda and Falce Valleys. After the reclamation, brackish waters have undergone a gradual softening, but they are still salty as nowadays the water circulation is effected by mixing salt water from the sea and fresh water from the Volano Po and from the lifting system of Taglio della Falce. In 1998 the nature walking trail was renovated and some birdwatching huts were constructed.