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Massaciuccoli Lake and Padule

The Massaciuccoli Lake and the surrounding swamplands, extending over more than 2,000 square kilometers, compose the widest wetland in Tuscany which originated in the area behind the dunes. Today the lake does not look as the ancient salty lagoon it was in the past, and it is considered a typical lake-pond due to its average depth of 2 m (the highest depth is 4.40 m) and the salinity lower than 500 mg/l. The lake bottom is situated below the sea level. It has a roughly circular shape with a perimeter of more than 10 km. The basin's surface has severely decreased in the last centuries due to the continuous reclamation works especially carried out in the 20th century.

Massaciuccoli LIPU Nature Sanctuary
Massaciuccoli LIPU Nature Sanctuary
  ItineraryTypology Interest
Chiarone ReserveChiarone Reserve
Departure: Museo sull'Ecologia della Palude
On foot Accessible TrailOn foot
1 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Bird Watching Great interest: Photography 
Lake and marsh by boatLake and marsh by boatBoat Boat
short (1 hour) or long (2 hours)
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Bird Watching Great interest: Archeology Great interest: History Great interest: Photography 
Lake and marsh by boatLake and marsh by boatBoat Boat
1 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Bird Watching Great interest: Archeology Great interest: History Great interest: Photography 
Massaciuccoli LakeMassaciuccoli LakeOn foot Accessible TrailOn foot
4 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Wildlife Great interest: Bird Watching Great interest: Panorama Great interest: Photography 
The lake of the MarcheseThe lake of the MarcheseOn foot Accessible TrailOn foot
6 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Wildlife Great interest: Bird Watching Great interest: Panorama Great interest: Photography 
The lake, between Nature and HistoryThe lake, between Nature and HistoryOn foot Accessible TrailOn foot
7 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Wildlife Great interest: Bird Watching Great interest: Panorama Great interest: Archeology Great interest: Photography 
The lake between Music and NatureThe lake between Music and NatureOn foot Accessible TrailOn foot
6 h
Great interest: Flora Great interest: Wildlife Great interest: Bird Watching Great interest: Panorama Great interest: History Great interest: Photography