The Foce dell’Isonzo Nature Reserve has received an award as best area in Italy for birdwatching.
There are several observation points along the path, which make it possible to admire, in all seasons, the flora (with about 650 species present) and fauna (there are about 323 bird species in the Reserve).
The main observation point in the Isola della Cona Reserve is the Marinetta observatory, a wooden structure covered with reeds which is similar to the casoni on the lagoon. On the ground floor, a semi-submerged glazed structure allows for watching the flora and fauna in the ponds. From the large windows on the two upper floors, the gaze reaches to the Gulf of Trieste and the mountains of Slovenia.
Continuing along the main footpath, you reach first the Biancospino observatory (a basic screening), then the Cioss observatory (a small hut located on a bank). To see the mouth of the river you need to walk along the path starting from the Visitors’ Centre, which takes less than two hours.
On your way back we suggest a stop at the bar del Pettirosso, on the ground floor of the Museo della Papera. You can sip a beverage while watching, through the large windows, animals peering out the water.