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In this station of the Park, which extends over approximately 11,000 hectares, the interaction between nature and man has resulted in an area where extraordinary environmental habitats coexist side by side with important historical artefacts and testimonies. This area hosts some natural wonders: the vast and green San Vitale Pinewood, the Ravenna Pialasse, large brackish lagoons connected to the sea, the Punte Alberete oasis with its splendid alluvial forest, Valle Mandriole - the kingdom of herons-, the lower Pirottolo plain and the fantastic Bardello grassland. Here, in such a mosaic of nature pinewoods alternate with low marshlands and fresh water valleys.

This station hosts the largest number of different bird species, thanks to the fairly complex environmental system; most worthy is the nesting of all the species of European herons, pygmy cormorants, spoonbills and glossy ibis, as well as the presence of ferruginous ducks, red-crested pochards, garganeys, gadwalls, moustached warblers and bearded tits which come here to nest.
The environments are perfectly integrated with the surrounding countryside, where there are many farm accommodations for tourists on the croplands product of drainage works, both past and recent. Such areas are right behind the tourist communities on the Adriatic coast but plunged into Nature and man-sized.

S. Alberto
It is the main community of this area of the Park, rich in traditions and charm. The historical town centre is well preserved and characteristic. Here you can visit the hose which was home to the poet Olindo Guerrini (and which has been transformed into a Cultural Centre) and the Palazzone of the 1600 hosting the Visitor Centre of the Emilia-Romagna Po Delta Park and a very important ornithological collection.
From S. Alberto you can take a small ferry boat on the Reno river to comfortably reach the Furlana Valley and the bank of the river which are in the south end of the Comacchio Valleys, and the town of Alfonsine with its Natural Reserve and the Monti house, the Park's information centre.

Punte Alberete
It is the most important natural area of this region, an extremely evocative biotope of international value managed by the Park and where the association of sight-impaired people of Ravenna Arca operates. An alluvial forest with ash-trees, elms, willows and poplars. The habitat is essential for acquatic plants (water-lillies, marsh lillies) and for all the different species living in wetlands, fishes and reptiles and birds, often rare: ferruginous ducks, purple herons, glossy ibis, squacco herons, night herons, bitterns and little bitterns.

Mandriole Valley (or Reed Valley)
This fresh water valley, which has been an integral natural reserve for years now, was part of the old depositing site of the Lamone river, together with Punta Alberete. From the lookout tower standing over the perimeter of the Valley, the landscape is a vast blanket of reed beds and bulrushes interspersed with some chiari.
This is the ideal place for many species of ducks, geese and swans and other birds like white, purple and grey herons, grebes and marsh harriers.

Piallasse della Baiona and del Piombone
These are very large brackish lagoons connected to the sea through the harbour - Candiano cahnnel and run by a network of channels where the characteristic casoni da pesca stand.
On the hillocks emerging from the waters, halophilous plants of rare beauty rise (glasswort and limonium) and many bird species live (black-winged stilts, avocets, little egrets and herons).

San Vitale Pinewood
It is the most well-known and extended pinewood of the Park, dating back to the Romans. Besides the predominant stone pine, with its classic umbrella crown, there are many other tree species: European oaks, poplars, ash-trees, holm oaks, juniper-trees and a rich brushwood. North to South, the pinewood is crossed by a strip of flood plain (the lower Pirottolo plain) where coots, ducks and little egrets nest and live between clumps of rush and reeds.
The pinewood is easily accessible on foot, by bike and horse, thanks to well tracked and identified paths.

The coast
Along the coast there rise seaside resorts, fully integrated with the Park and the state-owned pinewoods in particular, where the cluster pine is predominant. From North to South you have: Casalborsetti, Marina Romea, Porto Corsini, Marina di Ravenna, Punta Marina, Lido Adriano. These areas are equipped with excellent services and offer all kinds of hosting facilities, with restaurants, hotels, camping (with areas for motorhomes) and holiday houses available all year.


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