Natural parks in the province of Lucca

  • Migliarino Park, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli
  • Parco Nazionale Appennino Tosco-Emiliano
  • Park Apuane
  • Park dell'Orecchiella Migliarino Park, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli

    Located along the central coast north of Tuscany, the park falls within the province of Pisa and Lucca.

    Despite being at a heavily urbanized environment has not suffered, managing to keep intact its natural appearance, as the long stretch of coast is not built, which comes from Viareggio to Livorno!


    Telephone 050 525500 - Fax 050 533650

    Lake Massaciuccoli

    Lake Massaciuccoli "The campaign, which remains beyond dell'argine Serchio right has all its drains into the lake Massaciuccoli, which is a pond of clear water and deep ... The beauty and vastness of the plain" were among the most illustrious admirers Giacomo Puccini . Right in his "never quite loved Torre del Lago" the Master wanted to build a villa, now open to the public, where he composed some of his biu beautiful melodies whose notes ring out every summer in this place at the Puccini Festival .

    In order to fully appreciate the wealth of wildlife and lakes of this area is necessary to make a boat trip on the calm waters of this lake, among the reeds and rushes typical. This luxuriant marshes mirror, the largest in Italy, offers the ideal environment for over 200 species of sedentary birds such as mallard, l 'and red herons, marsh hawks, and the Knight of Italy. To facilitate the sighting of the bird fauna you can see the oasis birdwatching Lipu Massaciuccoli that among the various tasks, also deals astrological observations, to prepare the housing in small Foresteria and making visits to the Museum for Ecology the swamp.

    Events, excursions

    • Festival Park
      For twelve days in May are organized demonstrations and events aimed at making the public aware of the Regional Park
    • There are boat tours departing from Torre del Lago

    Getting there

    • By train
      The nearest station is to Torre del Lago Puccini

    In Viareggio you can stay in many hotel: these include between l ' Hotel Residence Esplanade, l 'Hotel Plaza e de Russie , L 'Hotel President .

    Parco Nazionale Appennino Tosco-Emiliano

    Along the ridges of the Tuscan-Emilian is the newest among the national parks in Italy. On the Tuscan provinces affected by the presence of the park are those of Massa Carrara and Lucca. Shares reached the highest of the Apennine, the park presents an extraordinary wealth of environments that vary between them, each of which is characterized by various species of plants and animals.

    At first we put out in the woods that cover the walls of the mountains up to almost 1700 meters of altitude. Below 1,000 meters oaks predominate, often converted into chestnut fruit, and above take over the beech forest, where they live undisturbed wild boar, roe deer and who are in search of food for the grass and shrubs, clearings, rising share during the warmer months. The beech woods are sometimes interrupted by forests of conifers, mostly spruce and white, planted slopes to recover more degraded by excessive grazing and forestry. Some of these areas as deforested have been processed shrubberies in between whose branches nesting pairs of uncommon birds such as' having small and saltimpalo.

    Going to share the forests give way to moorland, including that is particularly widespread in blueberry, where the tree comes sporadically Alps, Tuscany only present on the Apuan Alps and the Apennine section of the park, sheltered by the mild currents and exposed to Tirrenic continental cold wind, the climatic conditions are mostly close to Alpine, which have an impact on flora and fauna of the shares higher.

    Bit higher open as the eye can see vast grasslands where lakes, frequently of glacial origin, it reflects the sky furrowed by the kestrel, the buzzard, peregrine falcon, sometimes, and, on the Tuscan, the 'golden eagle that here One of his favorite prey: the marmot. Graze in the green, sketches by staining of changing colors with the changing of the seasons, deer, deer and mouflon, which ensures the presence of wolves, reintroduced by little, to survive.

    Climbing to reach the heights of the mountains that go over 2,000 meters of altitude.

    Park Apuane

    The Apuan Alps are distinguished from the nearby mountains through the very rough shape, with their deeply cut valleys and the sides sloping and very impressive. Known for the beauty of its marbles and the abysses and underground karst cave, the Park of the Apuane affects the territories of Massa Carrara and Lucca. Stands to make from the watershed between the two provinces Mount Pisanino. A beautiful and sad legend surrounding its peak, the highest of Apuane. It is said that the name "Pisanino" depends on the fact that in this area sought refuge pisan a soldier accused of treason. Wounded man was treated by a man and his daughter from which, by failing to reveal his name, was called "the Pisanino". Despite the attention of the young soldier died, causing her pain so deep that every day the girl was crying on his grave. Each tear was transformed into a stone and quickly gave rise to the highest mountain in the Apuan Alps, named in memory of that unhappy love Pisanino.

    Route in the province of Lucca

    In the heart of the park of the Apuan Alps, immersed in the green Garfagnana and lying on the bed of a lake, lies a small Atlantide: Factories Careggine. This small village of blacksmiths Ferrai was abandoned in 1953 when it was submerged by water for the creation of a reservoir. Every ten years, the opening of the dam, the ghost town awakes from its torpor to voices of tourists and the lights of the sun. So if you are so lucky to happen on that date do not miss the opportunity to visit this unique attraction of its kind! From here you can admire the walls of Roccandagia and Sumbra.

    Still another step in Garfagnana missed is the Grotta del Vento . Going underground routes down the silence interrupted only by the hiss of the wind and the murmuring of streams that caress the limestone, keepers of ancient geological heritage: it is the huge number of marine debris dating back almost 200 million years ago, evidencing the presence of the sea in this area.

    Another great hidden cavities in the bowels of these mountains is the 'Cave of the Corchia, the largest underground complex in Italy. "An 'oasis of rare beauty in the midst of a world of stone, mud ed'acqua" called the Jean-Charles speleologist Fait well and look down into its depths, along the paths that intersect like a labyrinth, seems to penetrate a thick forest where petrified and stalagmites everywhere stalattitti recall the mixture of branches and logs. Environment most fascinating is the gallery of stalactites, a monumental cathedral carved by nature millions of years ago.

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    Events, excursions
    To find out about the events held during the year in the park click HERE .

    Getting there

    • By train
      The station closest to the area where the Cave of Corchia is to Forte dei Marmi

    Natural Park dell'Orecchiella

    The dell'Orecchiella Nature Park is located in a privileged position, extending over a vast plateau that dominates the Serchio Valley, surrounded by the mass of the Apuan Alps and the Appennino Toscano woods. He has a very important natural assets: water courses, swampy areas, forests of beech, chestnut and conifers (was reintroduced white fir), not to mention the various animal species that live there. Among the voices of the forest may happen to hear the DEER, the grunt of the boar and perhaps the Apennine wolf howling. In special areas of wildlife observation, the visitor can see these and other animals such as deer and mouflon. Symbol of the park is the 'golden eagle that it crosses the sky.

    The maximum altitude is reached from the top of the mountain Prado touching the 2054 meters, bordering the province of Reggio Emilia. As for its geological and morphological, the Park presents very different aspects, from the harshness of calcareous Pania of Corfino switch to soft dell'altopiano profile.

    Dell'Orecchiella National Park is divided into three nature reserves, "the Orecchiella", "Pania of the Corfino" and "Red Blade", and hosts an attractive garden botanist.

    Opening Hours

    • From Easter until 1 November: Sunday only
    • From June to September: every weekend, and from 1 July to 15 September every day

    Phone 0583 619098 - Fax 0583 619002

    Getting there
    Nearby is the station of Castelvecchio Pascoli.