Knowing the Park
The Trebbia river
originates in the Ligurian Apennine and, across the upper and central Apennine of Piacenza, it reaches the first hills where the regional river Park begins.
Once reached the valley, the river waters slow down and settle a great amount of sand and gravel, up to the confluence with the Po river, in the downstream area of Piacenza.
The width of the exposed riverbed allows visitors, especially in summer, to visit the Park and its natural and landscape treasures. The Trebbia river represents an important transit way and stop and nesting place for many migratory birds of conservation interest
, such as the little ringed plover
and the Eurasian stone-curlew
, a very rare species that has also become the Park's symbol.
Trebbia's rapid flow influences and characterizes the surrounding vegetation that, in the stretches less struck by floods, has a remarkable natural significance, even thanks to the many spontaneous orchids
blooming in this area.
The areas bordering the river course are characterized by the presence of several castles
reminding us of the medieval facts in Piacenza's area and in the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza
Some strongholds, like the beautiful castle in Rivalta
, rise almost by the exposed riverbed, lending the landscape its particular charm.