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Bevano river mouth

Via Fosso Ghiaia - Lido di Dante
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Mouth of the river Bevano (Lido di Dante, Ravenna)

Thanks to its position, sheltered by stretches of pine forest, land and sea, the Bevano river mouth has been preserved over the centuries.

Located between Lido di Dante and Lido di Classe, it embellishes the coast with a rich and unspoilt natural area surrounded by forests, sand dunes, abandoned river banks, brackish ponds and wetlands.


The area can be visited just in specific times of the year and only in restricted areas, but if you want to fully experience the area, you can choose among the many available guided tours.

The former guardhouse near the water-scooping plant houses the Visitor Centre Cubo Magico Bevanella. A series of excursions on foot, by bicycle or on boat along the river depart right from here. The Visitor centre also houses a small interactive museum, which shows the geological evolution of the area and the functioning of the water-supply systems through technology.

Among the many available excursions, we recommend you visit two sites of great naturalistic value: Ortazzo and Ortazzino.


Ortazzo was originally a freshwater valley and a rice field. It has then turned into a brackish area, and is today characterised by a remarkable alternation of ponds, reed beds, dunes, Mediterranean vegetation and pine forests.

Ortazzino develops to the south of the Bevano river. It consists of fossilised twists of the river, coastal dunes, wet brackish meadows and dry meadows, which are dotted with juniper and sea buckthorn.

Both areas are a big draw for birdwatchers, since they welcome water birds and diurnal birds of prey that migrate and come to winter here (especially hen harriers and greater spotted eagles).

Furthermore, the area is particularly popular for Kentish plovers — small, endangered wading birds that nest on the beaches. A few dozens of examples have  been censused over the last years, demonstrating with their presence the good condition of the entire marine environment.

Between July and August, you can enjoy expanses of flamingos flying over the Bevano river mouth. Moreover, many schistaceus herons, and other aradriforms stop in this area to nest (i.e. black-winged stilts, avocets, little terns and terns).

The walk along the coastal dune belt that unfolds into the brackish water is a very suggestive experience. You can stop here and watch the birdlife from the watchtowers, enjoying the breathtaking view of all the surrounding landscape.




Bicycle is undoubtedly the most suitable means for a visit in the Pine Forest of Classe.

One of the favourite destinations is the mouth of the river Bevano. The area stretches over about 40 hectares, and with its coastal dunes and lagoons it is one of the richest areas in biodiversity in the entire country.

For a view from the water, on the other hand, opt for the 2-hour tour on electric boat between the oases of Ortazzo and Ortazzino. It is an almost unspoilt environment.

However, the 3-hour walk through the Pine Forest of Classe is always fascinating. Following an environmental guide, you will follow the footsteps of the Supreme Poet Dante Alighieri, and admire the landscapes described in the Divine Comedy, including the large oak grove that bears his name.

On the other hand, guided excursions into the southern lagoon of Comacchio depart from the NatuRa Museum in Sant’Alberto (RA).

From the left bank of the river Reno, you can easily reach the Peninsula of Boscoforte, a narrow ancient strip of fossilised dunes dating back to the Etruscan period, where Delta-Camargue horses live in the wild.

From here, you can continue southwards and reach the Pialassa Baiona, near the ancient Pine Forest of San Vitale. It is a large stretch of brackish water divided from the sea by a strip of land. In this area halophilous plants grow (i.e. plants that love the salt contained in the water), and many species of animals such as migratory birds find refuge.

Another very popular excursions is the 3 km-route to the flooded forest of Punte Alberete, about 10 km north of Ravenna. It is a very important wetland area where birds nestle, in particular herons, and it is home to the largest colony of egrets in Italy.

Informazioni utili


Access to the last part of the itinerary is always allowed on Saturdays and Sundays. From Monday to Friday, access may vary according to the season.

Check the opening times directly by contacting the Carabinieri Comando Gruppo Nucleo Forestale Ravenna (0544 219039).


The area is freely accessible on foor or bike, or you can visit it by boat with a guided tour.

Come Arrivare

The area is located in the heart of Pine Forest of Classe, east of highway SS 16 (Adriatica), between the towns of Classe and Fosso Ghiaia.
To visit Ortazzo, we suggest you drive along Via Bevanella until you get to a car parking area. From there, you can proceed on foot along the bank of the swamp, heading towards the Pine Forest of Classe.
Along the swamp’s banks, you will find an observation tower and a birdwatching hut.

Another observation tower is located in Via della Sacca, a left turn of the highway SS 16 (Adriatica) towards Rimini. It is on the left bank of the river Bevano, by the conjunction of the Fosso Ghiaia canal.

A further recommended departure point is Parco I Maggio in Fosso Ghiaia (RA).

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Ultima modifica: 22 November 2021