A dip in the nature of Versilia
Versilia, for its extension from the sea to the mountains, covers different areas of natural interest:
Apuan Alps Park
This mountain range of north-west of Tuscany has a development of about 60 km along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the areas of Versilia, Garfagnana and Lunigiana. The preservation of an ecosystem so impressive and important is made by big business that rotate in the area: the marbles are highly prized and extracted since ancient times. Besides being one of the driving forces of the entire economy of the area, the beauty and quality of material has made this marbles famous around the world.
Inside the reserve there are many caves of varying depth and development, often characterized by underground rivers and spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.
Pinewood of San Rossore
The San Rossore farm (4800 hectares) is the center of the Natural Park. The ancient family of the Medici allocated the area to hunting and was later the summer residence of kings under the Savoia's and in 1957 was the residence of the President of the Italian Republic. In 1998 it became a property of the Tuscany Region.
The Park (23,000 hectares), is characterized by a remarkable variety of natural environments and the water is the true interpretation of the territory. Ponds, ditches, swamps, canals alternate with woods with an extraordinary richness and diversity of plant and animal species.
Housed in a Great Depression, Lake Massaciuccoli is the advanced stage of an ancient coastal lagoon, back with the advance of the coastline in the area of Massarosa.
Today, with an area of ‚€č‚€čabout 2000 hectares of which 700 mirror lake, is the most important wetland in Tuscany. It looks like a coastal lake surrounded by a wide range of wetland vegetation, with average low water (1.6 m average depth of 3-4 m with peaks).