The Este Castle was built from 1578 by the last duke of Ferrara, Alfonso II, who would realize a great hunting estate; since 1999 it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Museum of the Wood and Deer of Mesola is located in the Castle: here it’s illustrated the evolution of Mesola’s territory, including also its most salient features, for example the Great Wood and the Dune Deer.
The Este Castle is open from Tuesday to Sunday (winter time from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm; summer time from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm).
Closed on Monday.
Full 4,00 €
Reduced rate tickets 2,50 €
PRO LOCO Mesola
Piazza Santo Spirito, 3 – 44026 Mesola (FE)
Phone: 0533 993358
The Abate Tower, ancient lock of the Este period, was built aroud the 1580 to control the flow of water. It has no more used as a lock from the end of XVII century because of the newer Porto Viro cut and it was used for defence and customs.
Fossil Dunes of Massenzatica Reserve
Fossil Dunes of Massenzatica, an area of 50 hectares, date back about 3000 years ago. They are the most important apparatus made of dunes of pre-Etruscan age. Paleodunes stand up 8 metres above the sea level, becoming a singular landscape made of hills covered by vegetation.
Fossil Dunes of Massenzatica can be visited for free and they are open from Tuesday to Saturday from 7 am to 8 pm.
Santa Giustina Wood
The wood is about 4 km long with a total area of 100 hectares. It can be considered the oriental branch of the Este property. The soil is alluvial in origin, formed partly from marine debris and partly clay river sediments. The wood is free every year.
Mesola Great Wood Natural Reserve
Mesola Great Wood has an area of 1058 hectares. It represents the remains of a woodland complex originetad around the year 1000. One of the three species of native deer in Europe survives inside this Reserve.
Mesola Great Wood is open from March to Ocrtober on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.
In the territory of Mesola there are thirty bunkers dating back to War World II and built around 1943/44. The visible bunkers are 22: some placed in Pine Forest Motte and in Pine Forest Fondo, others in private properties in the center of Mesola.