PARCO 1° MAGGIO is a green area equipped with facilities in the Pine forest of Classe, located about 14 kilometres south of the centre of Ravenna.
Much loved by visitors, sportspeople and mushroom hunters, it is mainly frequented during summer and spring. In these seasons, don’t miss the traditional Fair of the Truffle and the Fair of Pine nuts.
Many people come here during the weekends to relax, reaching the park by bike thanks to the cycle paths that link it to Ravenna and Cervia.
Its large green lawns are perfect to do sports in the open air or organise picnics, thanks to the various grill areas and tables. It is also the ideal starting point of relaxing strolls (on foot, by bike or on horseback) on the paths inside the pine forests.
The area of the Parco 1° Maggio the starting point of many itineraries in the Pine forest of Classe. Among these, the most famous one is “Le Querce di Dante” (lit. Dante’s oaks), which leads to the oakwood that inspired Dante Alighieri for the description of the “forest-dense, alive with green, divine” forest.
Thanks to its proximity to the sea, the Dune e pinete (lit. dunes and pine forests) itinerary leads to very charming natural places, such as the Bevano river mouth – with its coastal dunes surrounded by the pine wood – and the wet area of Ortazzo and Ortazzino, an important nesting and resting area for the aquatic avifauna.
The large pine forest of Classe also hosts Casa delle Aie – also known as Ca’ Aie. This farmhouse building, which today serves as a service building for the park, was once an accomodation for the “pignaroli” (lit. pine cone pickers), who came in the harvest season of pine cones.