The Cava Park or Parco Della Cava in Italian (sounds better anyway) is a public park in Rimini, not far from the historical centre and the second largest after the Parco XXV Aprile. My first time around was in the autumn of 2015. The leaves were brown and yellow the weather was sunny with a slight breeze, aesthetically complementing the already stunning park. I have been back several times since. Parco Della Cava remains visionary untainted in all the seasons. You can visit it in summer, winter (without rain of course), autumn or spring and still enjoy your time there. Below are a few things you need to know before you visit it.
It has numerous entrances meaning you can easily access it without the hustles of crowds.
The most-used entrance is on Euterpe Street, adjacent to the parking lot though there are multiple entries. The best part is that it is not fenced and is therefore accessible at all times of the day though I wouldn’t recommend nighttime strolls in winter. I once got lost trying to find an Italian class and found myself in parts I was not familiar with on a dark winter night. The fog plus creepy sounds made me think I had just walked right into a horror movie. Never again.
It has an artificial lake that is its main feature.
The presence of the large artificial lake makes Parco Della Cava the beauty it is. Upon arrival, the lake immediately draws you. However, it wasn’t born this way. It went through a complete makeover, from a former clay quarry to its present now re-naturalized state. The lake looks like a small ecological niche within the city, providing shelter to a diverse fauna.
It might not be the biggest in Rimini, but it is first in landscape and natural beauty.
Rimini’s largest park is Parco XXV Aprile which is beautiful in its own right. But, even with its stunning features, it can not hold a candle to Parco Della Cava. Parco Della Cava’s landscape and natural beauty are more prominent than the big park. Some people may argue with this, but I’m still yet to meet them.
Parco Della Cava is home to several tree species.
Inside, there are numerous tree species, some unique to the Rimini area, like the bald cypress. There is also a great oak estimated to be about 150 years with large and lush foliage. The tree has only suffered little pruning over the years. It has maintained its natural posture thanks to the surrounding space. It is on the list of “Memorial trees of the city of Rimini.”
It is home to diverse wildlife.
The park presents itself as an ecological niche within the city, attracting diverse wildlife. It is home to some cute duck families. You will inevitably fall in love with them as they have fun around the waters minding their own business while we picture zealous humans take out our cameras and snap them. You will also get to see geese and a couple of fish species in the waters.