Travel Pisa

Discover Pisa and surrondings area

The Park of Migliarino - San Rossore - Massaciuccoli extends along the Tyrrhenian coast from Viareggio to Livorno. It covers an area of 24,000 hectares characterized by sandy beaches, vast stretches ofMediterranean bush, pinewoods and humid areas populated by deer, wildboars and many bird species. Points of interest are Lake Massaciuccoli (ideal for birdwatching) and the estates of San Rossore, Tombolo and Coltano. The Visitors’ Centre of the San Rossore Estate organizes guided excursions on foot or horseback, by bike, bus or carriage. Guided tours and environmental labs are also available at the Villa Medicea in Coltano and the Foresteria della Sterpaia, both providing accommodation for visitors.
Driving north towards the Pisan Mountains we come to two protected areas, interesting in terms of both history and nature. The Monte Castellare area is an ideal habitat for wild orchids which offers a walking itinerary passing through the remains of a medieval fortress. The Valle delle Fonti is rich in water springs which have been used to meet Pisa’s water needs ever since the 15th century.
As early as the first half of the 19th century Lake Bientina (formerly known as Lake Sextum) was the largest humid area in Tuscany. Subsequent reclamation caused the progressive drying of the area between the provinces of Pisa and Lucca that is now known as “padule”. The WWF Oasis “Bosco di Tanali” preserves a rich heritage of flora and fauna and is also a compelling destination for birdwatchers.
On the way to Castelfranco di Sotto is the recently established Montefalcone Nature Reserve, offering facilities for natural itineraries and guided excursions in the Cerbaie woods. Visits require authorization by the Corps of Foresters.
Driving southwards from Pisa along the SS 206 we come to the typical Tuscan landscape of the Pisan Hills. The WWF Oasis of Santa Luce covers over 105 hectares surrounded by woodland and Mediterranean bush; the lake of the same name is an interesting humid area and a halting place for many aquatic birds, which makes it ideal for birdwatching. The Visitors’ Centre, located a mere ten-minute drive from the seaboard, offers an environmental education lab as well as guided excursions for schools and groups.
In addition to the landscape of cultivated fields and cypress avenues, the Upper Cecina River Valley is characterized by natural erosion phenomena (“calanchi” and “biancane”) whose most striking manifestation is to be found in Volterra’s “balze”. The area also boasts a number of nature reserves, including the wooded areas of Berignone-Tatti and Monterufoli. The former was famous for wild boar hunting and timber production; the latter was noted for its stone quarries and mineral deposits.

Travel Pisa : Lago di Santa luceLakes and Ponds in Pisa Province
In Pisa Province there are numerous sheets of water of various sizes. Some of them, like Lake Santa Luce, are proper lakes of environmental significance; others have a sporting interest and are used for fishing and rowing races; yet others are fairly large in area and, being set in charming stretches of countryside, are interesting in view of their potential for tourist development.
Lake Santa Luce
The nature preserve of Santa Luce, set amidst cultivated fields in the Pisan hills, includes the whole of the lake of the same name (709,957 sq. m), originally a reservoir created in the 1960s by Solvay Italia for firefighting purposes. The Santa Luce Bird Sanctuary, located some three kilometres from the village of Santa Luce and a few dozen kilometres from Pisa, is a key stopover for migratory birds. In winter the lake becomes populated by pochards, teals, mallards and widgeons. Species present in the summer include Cetti’s and reed warblers, kestrels and buzzards. The best season is spring, when the lake and its shores are frequented by the great crested grebe, a species that has become the symbol of the sanctuary, and migratory birds such as the heron.

Pisa area: discover the area

  • Piaggio Museum Piaggio Museum
    A real homage to the culture of mobility, the Piaggio Museum allows you to discover the history of the company together with the development of industry, economy and society.
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  • Casale Marittimo Casale Marittimo
    Casale Marittimo has always been a territory rich in resources with numerous springs and salt mines and it has been inhabited since the Etruscan times as the above-mentioned Necropolis of Casa Nocera demonstrates.
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  • Castelnuovo Val di Cecina Castelnuovo Val di Cecina
    The town of Castelnuovo Val di Cecina rises on the reliefs of the Metalliferous Hills in the Province of Pisa. It is set at 576 m.
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  • Montecatini Val di Cecina Montecatini Val di Cecina
    The town of Montecatini Val di Cecina is in the province of Pisa in its homonym valley.
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  • Montescudaio Montescudaio
    The town of Montescudaio lies on the first coastal hills that rise from the Cecina seashore but it is included in the province of Pisa.
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  • Pisa Pisa
    Everyone knows the Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa is not just the Tower, nor the marvellous Piazza dei Miracoli where it stands, with its Cathedral, Baptistery and Monumental Cemetery.
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  • Pisa coastline Pisa coastline
    The Pisa coastline stretches along the Tyrrhenean Sea including the towns of Pisa, San Giuliano and a small part of Bocca di Serchio.
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  • San Giuliano Terme San Giuliano Terme
    The Municipality of San Giuliano Terme is an important health resort in the province of Pisa with a population of about 30000 inhabitants.
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  • Volterra Volterra
    Volterra is one of the finest and lesser known hilltop towns tucked away in the heart of Tuscany.
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  • Pisa castles Pisa castles
    A path that leads to the discovery of the ancient castles of the Pisan hills, ancient fortress fate age Tuscan Renaissance and developed with the advent of the municipalities.
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  • San Rossore park San Rossore park
    Regional park Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli covers an area of about 24.000 hectares in the provinces of Pisa and Lucca.
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  • Santa Luce lake Santa Luce lake
    The oasis of Santa Luce lake, with the over 150 censussed kinds, it represents an important area of standstill for the migratory birds and every season it has his protagonists.
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  • San Miniato San Miniato
    San Miniato is located along the Via Francigena that connected northern Europe to Rome during the Middle Ages and it was travelled by an uninterrupted flow of men, armies, trade, ideas and culture.
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  • Valdera Valdera
    The Park of the Valdera region consists of six municipalities: Capannoli, Chianni, Lajatico, Peccioli, Palaia, and Terriciola.
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  • Peccioli Peccioli
    In the town of Peccioli, founded in the Middle age, you can visit the Beyond preserving its medieval structure, Peccioli includes a territory rich in rural landscapes and ancient small villages.
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  • Pomarance Pomarance
    The village of Pomarance, whose origin is prior to the year 1000, preserves its structure of medieval castle with walls and access gates.
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  • Casciana Terme Casciana Terme
    Numerous building of architectural interest rise in Casciana Terme territory, such as the church of Santa Maria Assunta. Yet, the town is famous for its baths, above all.
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  • Chianni Chianni
    The town of Chianni, where the castle and the churches of Santa Maria del Carmelo and of San Donato can be admired, is in the province of Pisa.
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  • Buti Buti
    Buti, is a small town on the eastern slopes of the Monti Pisani.
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  • Vicopisano Vicopisano
    One of the characteristics of the Municipality of Vicopisano is the high number of villages covered by its administration .
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  • Pisan mountains Pisan mountains
    The Pisan Mountain, now commonly called "Pisan Mountains" understood as the whole extent of the mountainous system, is in Tuscan, and seems put to divide a plain and two town, Pisa and Lucca.
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  • Palaia Palaia
    Palaia is an agricultural zone situated on one of the highest ridges that divides the valley of Arno from the Valdera.
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  • Fauglia Fauglia
    Fauglia has preserved the features of the typical rural town as evidence of a farming settlement that has all but disappeared.
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  • Lari and Vicari Castle Lari and Vicari Castle
    The small town of Lari is situated where three ridges of the highest Pisan hills meet and has been inhabited since Etruscan times.
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