Punte Alberete is the most important flooded forest in southern Europe, and it is in one of the most valuable ecosystems in the country.
It is an about 180-hectare freshwater wetland, just a few kilometres from Ravenna. the Lamone river flows through the whole area, supplying water.
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 — migratory and resident — 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 Peak: 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.