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Municipality of Ravenna

Pine Forest of San Vitale

Via Romea Nord - Ravenna
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The PINE FOREST OF SAN VITALE is one of the most characteristic natural landscapes in the area around Ravenna. With more than 1,000 hectares, it is a cornerstone of this territory as well as the green lung of the city.

The forest was created around the year 1000 by the wise monks of San Vitale. It had to stop the advance of the sea sand and at the same time guarantee a fruitful harvest to the monastery. It was later inherited by the local noble families, and, after that, it was the bone of contention and victim of a wild deforestation. This pine forest became a municipal property over time, becoming a huge public green area north of Ravenna.

The pine forest of San Vitale is marked by a great variety of plants, such as oaks, English oaks, holm oaks, ash trees and poplars, and a rich undergrowth of asparagine and hawthorn, a precious heart tonic. The Pine Forest of San Vitale is the delight of the so-called “pinaroli” — the pine nut collectors.

For some decades now, the Pine Forest of San Vitale is part of the Regional Po Delta Park and it is expanding. Thanks to the operations of reforestation by the Municipal Administration and some local Farm Cooperatives, flora and fauna are finally regaining their spaces.

The whole area can be visited on foot or by bike departing from the forest huts Ca’ Vecia and Ca’ Nova. You may choose one of the many guided excursions organized by the NatuRa Museum of Natural Sciences “Alfredo Brandolini” in Sant’Alberto (RA), or explore the pine forest on a horse, contacting the stables and the farm holiday facilities in the area.




The skyline of the Piallassa della Baiona is dotted with “padelloni”, the typical local fishing huts. They are also known as “bilancioni” — literally “great scales” — because of the large net that stretches out over the water, rising and falling again into the water to fish.

Initially, they were just rudimentary constructions made of marsh reeds or wooden planks. Today, these huts are the distinctive architectural element of the Po Delta. They are not only  places of intense fishing activity, but also of convivial evenings among friends and long card games.

The so-called fishing hut of Pontaccio has been the theatre of a very important historical event. Here, in August 1849, Garibaldi found shelter during his daring escape northwards, just a few hours after the dramatic passing of his beloved Anita.

Pursued by the Austrian soldiers, Garibaldi, was helped by a group of people from Ravenna and was hosted in this very hut, which for this reason has become a historic monument.

Thanks to the work of Società Conservatrice, an association that has been operating since 1879, the hut, later renamed “Capanno Garibaldi”, has been renovated and is now perfectly preserved.

The hut is open to visits and preserves various Garibaldi relics.

Further information

Opening times

Winter-spring (from the second Sunday of October to the second Sunday of May): 7.30 am – 5 pm (solar time), 7.30 am – 7 pm (summer time)
Summer (from the second of May to the second Sunday of October): 7.30 am – 7 pm

How to get there

The Pine Forest of San Vitale is located along the stateroad no.309 (Statale Romea), 10 km north of Ravenna. We recommend you leave your car in the big parking area close to the Oasis of Punte Alberete, or in the parking area of Ca’ Vecia you will reach driving along the canal Fossatone.

A cura della Redazione Locale

Ultima modifica: 19 April 2022

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