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Municipality of Ravenna

NatuRa Museum

Via Rivaletto, 25 - Sant'Alberto
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If Europe counts about 500 registered bird species, the valleys, marshes and lagoons in the territory of Ravenna count as much as 380 of them.

The amazing NatuRa Museum (Museum of Natural Sciences “Alfredo Brandolini”) offers many experiences to discover the multitude of local plant and animal species — even rare ones!.

Set up in a historical 16th century-old building in Sant’Alberto, just 14 km from Ravenna, the NatuRa Museum is one of the main gateways to the Po Delta Park.

What to see

The museum organizes several meetings and workshops to get to know and protect nature, not to mention the wide range of tours and excursions to visit the surrounding natural areas. Punte Alberete, the Pine Forest of San Vitale and the Peninsula of Boscoforte are all unique places that welcome many important  bird species like waders, pied avocets and bar-tailed godwits.

Moreover, the museum hosts a huge collection of animal examples and natural objects, including the greatest shell in the world. Visiting it, you will see the ruff in breeding plumage; the spoonbill, which nests only in Punte Alberete; the wigeon, which comes here to winter; or the many birds of prey, reptiles and mammals that come here in search of a place away from humankind.

Of course, also rare species are on display, such as the Curlew, dubbed “the birdwatcher’s holy grail”; the little egret and the several storks on their massive nests (almost two metres in diametre). Other smaller birds like sparrows, wagtails and starlings, in order to escape the sight of the birds of prey, have learnt to nest amidst the branches in the base of the storks’ nests.

The Museum NatuRa has been acknowledged by Regione Emilia-Romagna as “high quality museum and Emilia-Romagna service and consultancy centre for independent educational institutions”.




One of the most fascinating experiences organized by the Museum NatuRa is the excursion to the Oasis of Boscoforte, a 6.5 km stretch of land in the souther lagoon of Comacchio, on the border with Ferrara.

Originated more than 2,500 years ago around a dune belt, it is a corner of paradise, rich in biodiversity, which makes it one of the most beloved destinations for birdwatching and natural photography. Added: Formatasi più di 2500 anni fa attorno a un cordone dunoso, si tratta di un angolo di paradiso ricco di biodiversità che la rende una della mete locali più apprezzate dagli amanti del birdwatching e della fotografia naturalistica.

You will see the majestic pink flamingos, shelducks, black-winged, avocets, and many other species such as the rare and protected European marsh tortoise.

The most unexpected encounter, however, is with the Camargue-Delta horses. Heedless of the visitors, they spend their days moving freely in small herds, searching for reeds, glasswort and rushes.

Even though the area is private property, it is open to guided tours. Tourists will have so the chance to discover the beauty of this place in a loop walk of about 2 hours.

Further information

Opening times

Tursday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9.30am – 1pm
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9.30am – 1pm / 2pm – 6pm

Access to the museums and to the events and performances is allowed only on presenting the EU Digital COVID Certificate (Green Pass) or an equivalent certificate issued by the health authorities (or negative test result performed in the last 48 hours), along with a valid ID document. The rules do not apply to children under 12 years old or people with special medical certificate.

For the excursions, Green Pass is not required

For further information, see: Covid-19 updates: information for tourists

Closing time

The museum is closed on Mondays

Entrance fee

Ticket: €3 
Concession: €2*

*People over 65 years; school-age students (mandatory schooling); conscientious objectors; associations with agreements; groups with min. 15 paying people

Free of charge

People with disabilities, pre-school-age children, group couriers, journalists.
Citizens of Sant’Alberto on Thursday and Friday

How to get there

The Museum NatuRa is located in Sant’Alberto (15 km north of Ravenna).

By car:
from Ravenna, take the country road no. 1 (Via Sant’Alberto or Strada Provinciale 1; from Bologna, take A14 – exit Ravenna, then on Romea Dir turn in Via Sant’Alberto; from Ferrara, take SS16 direction Alfonsine, then country road Via Basilica direction Coventello-Sant’Alberto

By bus: bus no. 140-141-144. For further information, visit


Completely accessible to people with disabilities

A cura della Redazione Locale

Last edit:27 September 2021

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