CHM Lipu Ostia

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The Centro Habitat Mediterraneo (CHM) is located at the mouth of the Tiber. A small (20 hectare) but nice wetland for birdwatching on the outskirts of Rome.

Added* by Andrea Poggi
Most recent update 29 June 2023


Today the Centro Habitat Mediterraneo of Ostia includes a coastal pond, around which over 200 species of birds have already been registered. A nature path allows you to reach 3 large wooden huts for bird watching and structures dedicated to nature photography. Very interesting during autumn migration. Some species are nesting such as Purple Heron. Common Kingfisher can be easily spotted. Some birds of prey are present such as Western Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard. Many passeriformes are present during the whole year.



From Rome, by car, take the Grande Raccordo Anulare to exit n. 28 Ostia - Via del Mare, take the Ostia promenade by turning right (towards the north), follow it all the way to the end and turn right onto Via Carlo Avegno. Follow the road to the end and turn left on Via dell'Idroscalo and after the second roundabout turn left entering the parking lot of the Tourist Port of Rome. In the parking lot, the Mario Pastore Visitor Center is a wooden chalet. It's possible to park near the main access.

It is also possible to easily access the reserve by public transport, which is particularly useful if you are in Rome, as you can reach Lido di Ostia Centro train station. From there you can catch either bus 062 or 05. The route 062 also serves the central part of the seafront and runs every 15 minutes.

The site is small, so it can be explored by foot. The visitor center is open on Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. On Saturdays from 9 to 13 there is free access to the oasis. If you are visiting the reserve on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings, access may be restricted so you might want to contact the centre in advance.

Terrain and Habitat




Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Winter , Spring

Best time to visit

Autumn migration


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform



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