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The Draganziolo Oasis

New spaces for waterways and the community: a model of environmental restoration

On the Draganziolo River, a forward-thinking project for river restoration created a flourishing natural area. The space serves two important functions: to cleanse the river of pollution and to offload excess water to regulate flooding. The restored floodplain allows us to think about the many possible approaches to river restoration in the Veneto.

At the town of Trebaseleghe, in the high plains of the Paduan territory that are crossed by abundant water courses of resurgence origin, there is a special, green area where avant-garde experimentation, environmental and recreational aspects meet. Lying along the riverbed of the Draganziolo, a resurgence, affluent river of the Marzenego, it is connected to the well-equipped town park, and is therefore part of the urban fabric of Trebaseleghe.
The river oasis is the result of a major restoration project on the Draganziolo. Created by the "Acque Risorgive" (Resurgence Waters) Reclamation Board, its aim is to limit the risk of flooding in areas surrounding the river, and, moreover, to recreate a semi natural space next to the waterway which may be accessed by the local community. The oasis, therefore, is particularly interesting as a model that can be easily replicated in a number of rivers, not only in Veneto, an example of good water governance and of the opportunity to generate new recreational spaces for the local population.
The reclaimed floodplain is almost a hectare wide, and takes advantage of several natural meanders created by the waterway. It features a splendid hydrophilous wood of alders, white poplars and willows, as well as the swamp vegetation found along the banks. There are numerous itineraries where we can admire the entire floodplain, thanks also to a very practical foot and cycle bridge that links the two river banks. The Draganziolo Oasis is therefore an ideal model for the natural cleansing of polluting agents by water itself. Not only does it limit the risk of flooding, it can be easily replicated in other contexts, and as such is a contemporary and forward thinking model, which truly expresses a civilized approach to the most precious good of our planet, water.


How to Get There

By train: the golena can easily be reached from the Trebaseleghe station (Venezia-Castelfranco Veneto railway line), about 1,5 km. from the site.
By car: Motorway A4 (Torino-Trieste) exit at “Martellago-Scorzè” and proceed towards Castelfranco Veneto along the SR245 road until you reach Trebaseleghe. Free car park available near the Town Park entrance.


Where to eat: we recommend the “ Ristorante Baracca Storica Hosteria” and the “Osteria Antico Veturo”, both have a beautiful park and serve local wine and food specialities.
Where to stay: we suggest the “
Bed&Breakfast Le Risaie”, situated in a small barchessa (a porticoed rural outbuilding) in the Springs area around Trebaseleghe.

In the environs

Torre della Specola


Urban waterscapes and the ancient tower “Torlonga” of the Carraresi Castle

Remada a Seconda

Remada a Seconda

To safeguard and rediscover the navigable waterways in the territory of Padua

Museo Archeologico Ambientale delle Acque di Padova

The Environmental Archeology of Water Museum in Padua

The Brenta and Bacchiglione rivers told through underwater finds

Museo della Navigazione Fluviale

The Museum of River Navigation

The era of fresh water sailors and nautical traditions on display