WWF Centre and Bosco Pantano


"Twilight reigns supreme in this maze of tall deciduous trees. There is thick undergrowth, too; and I measured an old lentiscus - a shrub, in Italy - which was three metres in circumference... Policoro has the tangled beauty of a tropical swamp... and if you penetrate their verdant labyrinth you can even imagine yourself to be in some primitive part of the globe where the foot of man has never trod".

This is how the English travel writer Norman Douglas described Bosco Pantano of Policoro at the beginning of 20th century, and this is how this unique wetland forest stretching to the sea looks like still today.

On the borders of the forest there is also a WWF wild animal rescue centre.

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