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Natural oriented area Parma morta

Strada della Resistenza - 2 - Casale - Mezzani - PR - 43055
Phone: +39 0521802688

the Visitors center is open on the occasion of events and on reservation.


The Natural oasis Parma Morta, founded in 1990, is a precious testimony of ancient river facts of the Padana flat land.
The protected area, located in the Municipality of Mezzani between the estaries of the rivers Parma and Enza, extends for 66 ha and preserves a segment 5 km long of the old canal in which, until the half of the 19th century, flew the waters of the river Parma before merging into the Enza.

In the year 1870 the detour of the Parma river forced these waters to lead directly into the Po, leavbing the last segment of the river out of the direct flowing, creating the Parma Morta (Dead Parma).

This abandoned part of the riveris now an important humid area to host plants and animals that no longer find space in the near environment: amphibius, reptiles, birds spend time in these pond waters, covered by the water lentils; larches and other elkofites grow along the banks.

The Visitors centre and the Acquarium of the Area

The visitors centre offers spaces anad activities, a themed library and the Environment and cultural centre where is the sweet water acquarium. There are fifteen tanks to admire common species of our internal waters: prawns, tenches, gold fishes, carps, eels, chubs, grass carps, sturgeons, perches, catfishes. A nice and funny way to know more and love the river life.

The Environment and cultural centre is located in Mezzani Inferiore  and it's housed in a traditional rural building in which, since 2005, there is also the didactic Acquarium.

Addresses and useful numbers

Riserva Parma Morta Visitors centre
Strada della Resistenza, 2
Loc. Casale di Mezzani Mezzani
For information +39 0521802688

Environment and cultural centre - Acquarium
Strada Fornace, 3
Mezzani Inferiore
Visits for groups and schools on reservation.
For information and reservations Coop Il Ciottolo +39 3663197380

How to get there:

17 Km from Parma. By car from Parma follow SS 62 and in Sorbolo take provincial road to Coenzo-Mezzano Inferiore or SS 343 Parma-Colorno then provincial road to Mezzano Superiore or North ring road exit 2 Via Mantova on the SS 62; by bus Tep line Parma-Mezzani.

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