Brought back to life after it was seriously damaged by a fire in 2012, the RAMAZZOTTI PINE FOREST is one of the most significant natural environments of the Adriatic coast.
The area is protected within the Po Delta Park and was listed in Luoghi del Cuore del FAI (the National Trust of Italy). It offers the possibility to observe nascent forms of life surrounded by a centuries-old landscape.
The pine forest represents a unique natural heritage that must be safeguarded and known for its extraordinary beauty and the animal species that live here. The area, in close proximity to the sea, hosts the nesting of the kentish plover, a protected species of wader that nestles on the beach.
What to do
The Ramazzotti pine forest stretches from Lido di Dante and the Bevano river mouth. Thanks to a loop trail, it is possible to visit it from different starting points.
One of this ones is the coast town Lido di Dante, just south of the Fiumi Uniti river. It is possible to enter the pine forest from one of the access points along via Paolo e Francesca, both from the town and along the beach, just after the camping areas.
The trail leads to the Bevano river mouth, magnificent and unspoilt place, and then comes back along the beach or other trails through the pine forest.
The other starting point, especially if you want to visit the area by bike, is the Pine forest of Classe. You can decide to start from Parco I° Maggio and then go on along via Fosso Ghiaia or a bit further, from the crossroads between via Fosso Ghiaia and Via della Sacca. If you go on from here, you will get to the Bevano river mouth and then go through the pine forest, from which you can reach Lido di Dante and come back on other trails.
What to see
The most charming spot is undoubtedly the Bevano river mouth, where you will see a series of “dune belts” and fossil meanders of the river, which show the possible coastline of Romagna centuries ago. The area is protected and access-regulated, but it is possible to admire the landscape and its inhabitants from some towers on the itinerary.
In the pine forest, it is still possible to see the new growing area after the fire, where both animal and plant native species take their place towards a rebirth and a new balance.
Finally, the wet area in the heart of the pine forest is very appealing.