Via Cadorna 2, Sant’Alessio con Vialone (PV)
The Sant’ Alessio naturalistic oasis - which lies around the eponymous historic fifteenth-century castle - is a short distance from Milan (25 km) and is also close to Pavia and the Certosa Monastery.
It is one of the most famous nature reserves in Italy and provides special opportunities for study or research as it is managed for the purposes of conservation of many bird species.
Although it is one of the smallest nature reserves in Europe it is the most visited in Italy and is ranked third worldwide for visits by naturalist photographers.
It is a beautiful and protected area of importance for observation itineraries on flora and, particularly, fauna.
The park was created over forty years ago as a breeding ground and sanctuary for endangered species and, thanks to a meticulous environmental reconstruction with ponds, groves, hedges and lowlands, an unbelievably rich and varied population of wild animals have taken up residence here.
Every year dozens and dozens of rare indigenous animals leave the park, fundamental for the environment as they are specially bred to repopulate nature. Walking through the paths, entirely immersed in the trees, you can spot a wide variety of animals, from European to tropical birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. There are three different trails: European, Tropical and Butterfly & Hummingbirds. Those who want to spend the whole day in the oasis can chose from the menu at the indoor bar or enjoy a packed lunch in the picnic area.