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Peninsula of Boscoforte

Via Rivaletto , 25 - Ravenna

The PENINSULA OF BOSCOFORTE is an ancient dune system originated thousands of years ago. It looks like a small peninsula between the provinces of Ravenna and Ferrara and surrounded by the Lagoons of Comacchio, a small town about 30 km north of Ravenna.

The peninsula stretches for about 6 km along the left bank of the Reno river, for surface of about 250 hectares.


The Peninsula of Boscoforte is a wetland of international importance, preserved over the centuries, thanks to its almost total closure to the public. The presence of canals and a small body of fresh water, fed by the Reno river, has contribuited to the creation of an ecosystem that is incredibly rich in biodiversity.

Among rushes, tamerisks, poplars and willows, the area is a true corner of natural paradise where many species of birds, both sedentary and migratory ones, nest and stop for a while.

Around the Peninsula of Boscoforte, birdwatchers can observe pink flamingos, avocets, shelducks, Eurasian spoonbills, western marsh harriers, warblers and reedlings in their habitat.


This area, which today has a special appeal from a naturalistic point of view, has also been the scene of brutal battles during World War II.

For over three months, the war front was located right here, culminating with the renowned Battaglia delle Valli. The pensinsula hosted the partisan detachment “Colonna Wladimiro“, which owed its name to the nom de guerre of its commander Mario Verlicchi.




What makes the Peninsula of Boscoforte even more special and unique is the presence of numerous Camargue horses that have been living for years in wilderness in this small strip of land.

These horses were brought here by the owner of the peninsula and, since the beginning of the ’80s, they spend their days moving in small herds in search of reeds and canes to eat.

Further information

Opening times

Access to the Peninsula of Boscoforte is restricted.
Contact the NatuRa Museum in Sant’Alberto for more information on guided tours in the area.

How to get there

The Peninsula of Boscoforte is located north of Ravenna (about 15 km from the city). Tours depart from the NatuRa Museum in Sant’Alberto.

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 state road 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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Ultima modifica: 21 February 2024

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