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NatuRa Museum

Via Rivaletto, 25 - Sant'Alberto

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 building in Sant’Alberto, just 14 km north of 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. By visiting the museum, 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). In order to escape the sight of the birds of prey, other smaller birds like sparrows, wagtails and starlings have learnt to nest amidst the branches in the base of the storks’ nests.

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




Among the itineraries that depart from the NatuRa Museum, one of the most fascinating experiences is the excursion to the Penisola di Boscoforte, a 6.5 km stretch of land in the southern 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. Here, fresh and salt water coexist, giving rise to diversified habitats, typical of a lagoon environment and characterised by a great variety of flora and fauna.

This is the reason why Boscoforte is one of the most beloved destinations for birdwatching and natural photography.

In the area, it is possible to see the astounding pink flamingos, shelducks, black-winged, avocets, and many other species such as the rare and protected European marsh tortoise.

On the Penisola di Boscoforte, the most unexpected encounter, 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 have thus the chance to discover the beauty of this place thanks to a loop walk of about 2 hours.

Further information

Opening times


Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 9.30 am – 1 pm
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 9.30 am – 1 pm / 2 pm – 6pm


From Tuesday to Sunday: 9 am – 1 pm

Closing time

The museum is closed on Mondays, August 15th and December 25th.

Entrance fee

Admission: €3 
Concession: €2*

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

Free of charge

People with disabilities, pre-school-age children, group couriers, journalists.

Citizens of Sant’Alberto on Thursdays and Fridays.


The museum is completely accessible to people with disabilities.

How to get there

The museum is located in Sant’Alberto (15 km from Ravenna). Bus parking area behind the building.

By car: from Ravenna, follow Strada Provinciale 1 (Via Sant’Alberto); from Bologna exit the A14 motorway in Ravenna, then turn on Via Sant’Alberto when you are on Romea Dir; from Ferrara take the SS16 towards Alfonsine, then turn on via Basilica towards Conventello-Sant’Alberto.

By bus: lines no. 140-141-144. For more information:

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Last edit:28 August 2023

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