There is a really unusual view of the Tiber from here, lapping against the large expanse of reed thickets along the river banks disappearing into the numerous ponds that are home to many species of fish, frogs, water plants and birds, including the rare Osprey. This is what’s on offer for the cycle tour through the Nazzano Nature Reserve - Tevere Farfa.
If you want to travel by train to the Reserve, take the Rome-Orte line to the station Poggio Mirteto, which is the first stop on our route. From the station head to Torrita Tiberina, going straight ahead until you come to the bridge crossing over the railway line.
Don’t cross the bridge but turn left, going down a dirt track, which leads to the Tevere Farfa Nature Reserve. This is the start of the cycle path that runs along the left bank of the River. Head uphill to your right then downhill in the same direction and you’ll reach the banks of the Tiber.
Follow the signposts to reach Casale della Mola, where the Farfa tributary meets the Tiber. Here you can stop to take in the panoramic view: there are special sighting points here where you can watch the wildlife.
Returning back up to the Casale, the dirt track cuts through the large Nazzano plain and continues through the wood. Here there is a steep downhill tract named Fosso dell’Inferno, which takes you back towards the entrance to the Reserve.
We have already peddled for 12 Km, but any tiredness is soon forgotten thanks to the beauty of the surroundings passed through on the tour. And so it’s worthwhile continuing the visit by crossing the bridge over the Tiber to go and explore what’s on offer on the other bank, for another 12 Km.
The clearly signposted cycle path follows the river and is the same both going out and coming back. The countryside inside the Reserve is varied and the swampy areas are inhabited by many species of plants and animals. Information panels are provided, explaining what can be seen and you can visit the Museum of the Night (Museo della Notte), all about the local nocturnal animals