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Parks and natural oasis

Maremma Regional Park

The first park of the Tuscany Region, founded in 1975. With an extension of 9800 hectares, it stretches along the coast from the town of Principina a Mare to the town of Talamone. In it you can observe unique species of flora and fauna, protected for this reason. Characteristic of the park are the numerous watchtowers, 10 to 15 meters high. In addition, the abbey complex of San Rabano, dating back to the 12th century, is worth a visit For some years now, the University of Siena has been conducting research in the area of the park in order to establish the actual presence of man in prehistoric times in this area. In addition, the area of Alberese has long been observed with particular attention because it houses archeological remains of great importance and fascination from the Roman era. The main visitor center is located in Alberese. The Aquarium of the Orbetello Lagoon, located in Talamone, serves as a visitor center for tours starting from Talamone. Numerous itineraries are also provided for the disabled. Numerous nature explorations in the park, canoeing on the Ombrone, night tours and bird watching are also possible. In addition, there is the possibility of horseback riding at the regional farm of Alberese or more or less demanding equestrian activities with archery on horseback at the equestrian center Le Puledraie di Sterpeti.

WWF Oasis Orbetello Lagoon

The lagoon of Orbetello is a coastal lagoon in the Maremma region of Grosseto. It is considered a particularly high-risk area, and for this very reason it is protected in the WWF Nature Reserve Oasis of the Lagoon of Orbetello di Ponente and the Patanella Forest. The lagoon is a wetland of international importance: many species of birds nest here or pass through, including black-winged stilts, pink flamingos, egrets, ospreys, spoonbills, avocets, cormorants and various species of ducks. The waters are rich in valuable fish such as perch, bream, mullet and eel. This is processed locally or sold in many markets in Italy and also abroad, thanks to the cooperative I Pescatori di Orbetello, where there is also a tasting center. Particularly valuable is the production of mullet roe and the preparation of sfumate eels, eels smoked with spices and chili peppers, which are undoubtedly the hallmark of local cuisine. The Oasis of Orbetello is open from September 1 to May 1. Visits are free and are from the Ceriolo locality, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Closing at 15:30.

WWF Oasis Lake Burano

Lake Burano used to be a hunting reserve. Then WWF came into the picture and the destiny changed. The oasis includes an intact stretch of coastline with sand dunes and scrub, and a brackish lake dominated by a tower. It covers 410 hectares and is located in a Site of Community Importance in the municipality of Capalbio. For photographers and birdwatchers it is possible to grant access at certain times, in agreement with the administration. Access is possible from the provincial road of Chiarone; it is open from September to May 1 only with guided tours, Sundays at 10 am and 2:30 pm. In July and August on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays only with reservation at 17:30.

Diaccia Botrona Nature Reserve

The Diaccia Botrona Nature Reserve is a protected natural area in Tuscany characterized by a typical marshy environment that occupies part of the plain between the city of Grosseto and the coastal town of Castiglione della Pescaia. It is an area of great historical but above all naturalistic importance: it is in fact one of the most important in Italy, since it has a rare ecosystem that hosts an incredible variety of living microorganisms. Especially in spring, early in the morning or at sunset, from the top of Clodia Island or from the Casa Rossa, you can linger in absolute silence listening to the murmur of the “pans”. When you arrive in Castiglione della Pescaia, you must reach the Giorgini Bridge, which crosses the Bruna River. Here turn left and follow the road parallel to the river to reach the parking lot near the so-called “Casa Rossa” (Casa Ximenes). From the bridge of the old building you can enjoy an impressive view of the entire wetland Diaccia Botrona Regional Reserve and then take the main path.