It covers a very important part of the territory of Regione Emilia-Romagna: in the north from the Po di Goro, it develops including the whole historical delta of the river Po and the mouths of some Apennine rivers like river Reno, river Lamone, Fiumi Uniti, Bevano, and brackish wetlands situated along the Adriatic coast and the near hinterland like Sacca di Goro, Comacchio Valleys, the "Piallasse" of Ravenna, the Salines of Cervia, the inner wetlands of Campotto Valleys, woodlands and pinewoods like Bosco della Mesola and San Vitale pinewood. It is also rich in many important monuments: the Abbey of Pomposa, St. Apollinare in Classe, the "chiaviche" (monumental water locks), and the historical town centers of Mesola, Comacchio, Ravenna, and Cervia.
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