Fucecchio Marshes natural reserve
The trail provides the opportunity to discover the naturalistic richness of the protected area and to appreciate the testimonies of man’s work: channels, ports, and places of memory of the massacre operated during the Second World War by the Nazi-Fascists, which was particularly bloody in this part of Tuscany. This trail is particularly suitable for nature enthusiasts.
How we usually organize this day
The Fucecchio marsh is located between the provinces of Pistoia and Florence; although much smaller than the original lakeland-marsh which once covered much of southern Valdinievole, it is still the largest inland marsh of Italy.
The trail starts at the Castelmartini Visitor Centre where we can enjoy a photographic exhibition on the flora and fauna, and local handworks made with marshland grasses. From here the route follows a panoramic road to the Morette port.
A pleasant walk on a flat road, which crosses for a long stretch the Bosco di Chiusi (Chiusi’s wood) with its ancient oaks, allows to admire the typical Tuscan countryside, with its evocative landscapes. The walk through the marshland basin begins after the bridge over the Terzo channel. Along the trail we can see plaques commemorates the victims of the Nazi-fascists massacre.
Continuing along the banks of the channel we will enter into “Le Morette” Natural Reserve, where the environmental conditions are favourable for stop and breeding for many birds species. At the end of the trail we will reach the Green or Biagiotti Hut, that has been refurbished into a wildlife observatory, and so have a look at the stretches of open waters inside the reserve.
Near the natural reserve there is an interesting museum about farming and civilization of the area, gathers the collections of agricultural equipment and objects related to rural life. In Mosummano Terme there is interesting museum that show many collection of ancient object linked to the territory and the marshes.
In Larciano there is a good farm that serves typical food.