With its about 180-hectare of freshwater wetland, PUNTE ALBERETE is a very fascinating flooded forest, one of the last ones still extant in southern Europe.
Located about 10 km north of Ravenna, in front of the large pine forest of San Vitale, the forest stretches out along the final part of the Lamone river, on its southern bank.
What to see
The oasis is a suggestive succession of hygrophilous wood, submerged grasslands and open spaces. The water mirrors are surrounded by dense reeds, and it’s easy to see the typical fauna of the marshy environments, as well as water lilies and marsh lilies.
Many species of birds — both migratory and resident ones— make Punte Alberete a birdwatcher’s paradise. You may sight purple herons, ibises, and little bitterns.
Besides the birdwathing towers, some panels along the footpath explain the different local plant and animal species.
Moreover, this place hosts also many species of reptiles, such as the rare pond turtle, and insects, as the wonderful southern festoon, whose wings resemble a black and white lace dotted with red and blue spots.
Sneak peek: this almost unspoilt habitat has to thank a hunter, Eros Stinchi from Ravenna. At the end of the 1960s, he succeeded in stopping the planned reclamation works by means of letters and complaints.