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The Po Delta in the Province of Ravenna

The Ravenna part of the Park boarders the famous Marshes of Comacchio, separated from them only by the Reno River and is home to some of the most prestigious areas such as the fascinating  Boscoforte and Punte Alberete natural oases, the quiet Marshes of the Po Delta, where vegetation and rare species of fauna grow, and also the age-old pinewoods of San Vitale, Classe and Cervia, as well as the ancient salt-works.

Oasis of Punta Alberete

Recognizing the value of this area is the main goal at the NatuRa Museum (Museo NatuRa) in Sant’Alberto, the Ravenna City Museum of Natural Science and the Visitor's Center of the Po Delta Park, which organizes events dedicated to the Park in every season, as well as guided visits, and excursions up to the Boscoforte Oasis, on foot, by bike or with the TaraBUSino, a silent, electric, ecological little bus.  It is also possible to rent bikes and binoculars at the Center.


A true natural paradise, the Boscoforte Oasis is a fenced off peninsula located inside the Comacchio Marshes along a stretch of dunes from the Etruscan age which divide the Fossa di Porto Marsh from the Lido di Magnavacca Marsh.  The peninsula extends outward from the banks of the Reno River for about 6 km and is surrounded by the brackish waters of the Comacchio Marshes.  Wild rabbits and horses are numerous and among the particular examples of fauna there are Coots, Shovelers, Gadwall ducks, Shelducks, Pied Stilts, Mediterranean Gulls, and Slender-billed Gulls, avocets, Spoonbills, and Pink Flamingos. The vegetation is particular due to the Opposite Leave Stalwort (Barilla Plant) which is similar to Marine Arugula.  One can also find Limonium (Marsh Rosemary), Tamarix, and other plant species.


Access to the Oasis is allowed only for small groups accompanied by a guide; please contact the Visitor's Center of the Po Delta Park at NatuRa Museum Museo NatuRa. tel. 0544. 528710. Mail


A little further south, about 2 kilometers, there is the Punte Alberete Oasis, one of a kind, which includes a flooded forest which alternates between hygrophilous woods, more or less swamped, submerged prairies, “clear” water areas, and flora and fauna typical of marshy environments.  The flora is protected and among the reeds there are very rare nests, among which are those of the Eurasian Penduline-Tit, the Eurasian Spoonbill, the Glossy Ibis, the Kingfisher, the Pygmy Cormorant and of many species of Herons, such as the Little Egret.


Coming from Ravenna, you can reach the Oasis by taking the SS Romea 309 towards Venice about 5 km; here there is a sign on the left which has directions to the place, just a few hundred meters away and a equipped with a big parking lot from which you can begin your visit.  It is open all year round, and the Oasis can be visited by following an obligatory pedestrian pathway.  In front of the Oasis is the entrance to the centuries old San Vitale Pinewoods.


For more information about the Oasis and its history, please visit the site curated by the Volunteers' Association of Ravenna ARCA at Mail

From March to June, for groups of more than 10 people, booking in advance is mandatory and can be done by contacting the Environmental and Energy Services of the Township of Ravenna, which also provides guided nature hikes.  Tel. 0544 482866. Mail

Around the S. Apollinare Basilica in Classe (Unesco patrimony), about 2 km from Ravenna, there are bike paths which go all the way to Lido di Dante and continue along the coast, crossing though the Classe Pinewoods – described by Dante, Boccaccio and D’Annunzio – all the way up to May 1 Park, where one can cook outdoors.  During the pedalling, you can pass by the oases of Ortazzo and Ortazzino, populated by a rich fauna which can often be spotted in flight.


In spring, there are many opportunities to enjoy the age-old pinewoods with traditional festivals celebrating the flavors of the Park – among which is the truffle – and fascinating and exciting footpaths for everyone,  that join food with sport, contact with nature, and with cultural activities.


For information about excursions by boat, canoe, on foot or by bike, contact the Visitor's Center Cubo Magico Bevanella, 3355632818 email For tourist information: Ravenna Turismo e Cultura. Tel. 0544-35404. Mail,


Po Delta


The Cervia Salt-Works, originally Etruscan, are the southern entrance and station of the Park.  Here there is an extremely interesting landscape and naturalist environment, so much so that it has been added as a Wetland of International Importance at the Ramsar convention.  Since 1979, it has been a Natural State Reserve for animals. From a birdwatching and botanical point of view, the saline environment is of extraordinary beauty, populated by rare species such as Flamingoes, Pied Stilts, Avocets and many other protected species.

Here, the flora and fauna are capable of surviving in extreme conditions which cannot be found in other places along the Adriatic, considering the depth of the water, which usually does not get above a few centimeters, and the high concentration of salt (more than 150%).


Saline di Cervia JPG


The Visitors’ Center in Cervia is a point of reference, during the warm weather, for tours on foot or by boat guided by experts of the most secret places, such as that of the “sweet” salt production or sections of coast populated by particular life forms, perfectly integrated into a unique ecosystem.


For information about excursions: tel. 0544. 973040 - Cervia Salt-Works. email For tourist information: Sito Turistico del Comune di Cervia Tel. 0544 974400. Mail

For further information:
Ravenna Tourist Office

Cervia Tourist Office

Parco del Delta del Po

> Festivals in the Delta Park

> Get to know the Po Delta Park in the Province of Ferrara

Last modified May 14, 2013

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