A truly exceptional natural site, Padule di Fucecchio is a vast wetland of rare beauty which is home to plants suited to a range of climates all together. The site contains hot wetland plants and others belonging to cold northern climes which reached the area during the last ice ages.
From a fauna point of view the area performs a role of primary importance in the migratory routes between the Tyrrhenian coast and inland areas. Over the course of the year, in fact, more than 200 bird species can be seen here. The area’s heron colony is the most important nesting colony in central-south Italy. Another important sign of environmental health is the return of the white stork after centuries of absence to nesting in the area thanks to the specific measures taken by associations and specialised centres. The first chicks were in fact born in 2009 in a nest located at the edge of the great wetland area within the Monsummano Terme park area.

Other centres of naturalistic interest are the Bosco di Chiusi forest near Castelmartini and Sibolla Lake between Altopascio and Chiesina Uzzanese. A true paradise for nature and birdwatching lovers.

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