The Bevano river mouth

Via Fosso Ghiaia - Lido di Dante
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Thanks to its position, sheltered by stretches of pine forest, land and sea, the Bevano river mouth has been preserved over time. Located between Lido di Dante and Lido di Classe, it embellishes the coast with a rich and unspoilt natural area.

It is possible to fully experience this environment, thanks to the rich selection of guided tours and easy access to the area. As a matter of fact, not far from the Bevano river mouth, the former guardhouse near the water-scooping plant houses the Visitor Centre “Cubo Magico Bevanella”. This centre organizes many excursions on foot, by bicycle or by boat on the river, hiring even binoculars, canoes or bicycles. The building also houses a small interactive museum, which, with the use of technology, tells visitors about the geological evolution of the area and the functioning of the water-supply systems.

Among the many excursions on foot, by bicycle or electric boat,  two sites are of great naturalistic value: Ortazzino and Ortazzo.

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

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

These two areas are a big draw for birdwatchers, since it welomes 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 the 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 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 water is a very suggestive experience. Here, you can stop and watch birdlife from the watchtowers and enjoy this breathtaking view.




Bicycle is undoubtedly the most suitable means of transport 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 fourty hectares, and with its coastal dunes and lagoons it is one of the richest area in biodiversity in the entire country.

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

However, the 3-hour walk through the Pine Forest of Classe is always fascinating. Following an environmental guide, you will walk in 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 start from the NatuRa Museum in Sant’Alberto (RA).

Moreover, departing from the left bank of the river Reno, you can easily reach the Penisola di 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, where 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

Come Arrivare

The area is located in the heart of Pine Forest of Classe, east of state road SS 16 (Adriatica), between the villages of Classe and Fosso Ghiaia. The Ortazzo can be reached by car, driving along via Bevanella until you get to a car park. From here you can walk on the bank of the swamp, heading towards the Pine Forest of Classe. In the wood, not far from there, you find an observation tower and a hut for birdwatching.

A further tower rises in via della Sacca, a left turn of the state road SS 16 (Adriatica), in the direction of Rimini. It is on the left bend of the river Bevano, by the conjunction of the canal Fosso Ghiaia.

A cura della Redazione Locale

Ultima modifica: 18 February 2021