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Municipality of Ravenna

Punte Alberete

Via Romea Nord - Ravenna
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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 birdsboth 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.




Punte Alberete is the ideal place to experience birdwatching, and nature photography.

The abundance of species that arrive and nest in this last strip of flooded forest is impressive indeed – ferruginous duck, purple heron, glossy ibis, shag, grey heron, mallard, great egret, bullfinch, night heron, bitterns and little bitterns and many others can be spotted during a walk in this enchanting haven.

Along the 5 km loop trail, suspended above wooden bridges, is also a sighting hut, specifically built for observing the animals, which are busy in their activities, such as kingfishers foraging for food or the famous courtship ritual of the great crested grebe.

Informazioni utili


Winter and spring
From the 2nd Sunday of October to the 2nd Sunday of May: 8.30am – 5pm (solar time) / 8.30am-7pm (legal time)

From the 2nd Sunday of May to the 2nd Sunday of October: 8.30am – 7pm


Free admission


The area is not easily accessible to people with physical disabilities.

Come Arrivare

The Oasis of Punte Alberete is located about 8 km from the stateroad SS 309 (Statale Romea) that connects Ravenna to Venice. The itinerary starts from the large parking area next to the oasis.

By car: next to the area is a large parking area, which is only open during the opening hours of the area. You can also park your car by Ca’ Vecchia, in Via Fossatone, inside the pine forest of San Vitale.

A cura della Redazione Locale

Ultima modifica: 22 November 2021