Nature & parks in Pisa

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Nature & Parks in Pisa

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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy11,504 contributions
    On this March, joining a mainly naturalistic excursion, I traveled an itinerary inside the Park, which I highly recommend. It covers a distance of about 11 Kms round trip, and goes from Torre del Lago to the mouth of the Serchio river.
    The route - not signposted but very easy to follow - in Torre del Lago starts from the south end of "Via Venezia" (not far from the hamlet's train station), where the urban street ends and the Park land suddenly begins, protected by a fence.
    Proceeding from here always towards south, after a few tens of meters you cross by a bridge the so-called "Fosso della Bufalina", an artificial stream, straight and more or less in an east-west direction, built in the eighteenth century by the Republic of Lucca (which then ruled the area) to drain the excess waters of Lake Massaciuccoli and lead them to the sea. This canal was added to the original natural emissary of the lake, the Burlamacca canal, which heads towards Viareggio from the northern lake shore.
    In fact, for a long time the “Fosso” could not well fulfill its function, because it has almost no slope (Lake Massaciuccoli is almost at sea level) and also always at risk of silting up at the outlet into the sea. The introduction of a dewatering pump a few years ago improved the function of the canal; which, however, operates only in the case of lake overfilling due to rains: therefore the stream in the canal is normally very placid, almost stationary, and favors the presence of wild ducks and rather large turtles (we have seen one).
    At the bridge, follow the canal (indifferently on the right or left bank) towards the sea, for over 2 kms, until you reach the next bridge. Here you turn by a right angle to the left, then resuming (and maintaining until the end of the path) the south direction, up to Serchio's mouth.
    The attractions of the route are mainly two: the path along the Fosso della Bufalina, with the tall forest (holm oaks, oaks and pines of different species) that looms over it on both sides, and that especially at sunset (as it is happened to us on the way back) appears dark and mysterious, truly exciting.
    The second attraction is the final path, north-south towards the mouth of the Serchio, which allows you to observe the Mediterranean scrub for long stretches (also protected by fencing nets), and the "fixing" interventions of the dunes operated by the forest services of the Tuscany Regional administration - also with yucca plants, Yucca Gigantea Lem. - and the reforestation of areas of scrub damaged by parasites.
    Overall, it's a quite long but flat walk, which is most attractive in the non-summer months. In the summer months, the route is not recommended, both due to the heat in the little shaded stretches of coastal scrub, and to the interference with the crowd of bathers (in places, such as in Marina di Vecchiano, where bathing is allowed).
    Written 7 March 2022
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  • Bartek
    Warsaw, Poland6 contributions
    We love marina di Pisa as a place to casually stroll by the sea, taste some nice restaurants without a haste and thousands of tourists.
    Written 8 July 2021
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  • Travelingjohn123
    Peterlee, UK2,321 contributions
    Nice little park near to the river. Was cool and shady on a red hot day so nice to spend a few minutes here to try and cool down. Nice sitting areas and the park is enclosed by historic walls.
    Written 20 August 2020
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy11,504 contributions
    The Botanical Garden of Pisa competes - for a very few years - with those of Padua and Florence for the qualification of the oldest botanical garden in the world. Meaning a garden created for scientific purposes, and not - for example - utilitarian, such as the medicinal plant gardens of monasteries.
    However all three of these gardens date back to the 1540s; which means that the times had come for a scientific study of plants. It is no coincidence that the three cities concerned were home to universities (it is true that Florence was officially classified as a university only in 1924; but a “Studium generale” has already existed there since the 14th century).
    Not long ago I visited the Botanical Garden of Padua, which has recently been equipped with new, beautiful pavilions with an educational function. I therefore imagined that, compared to Padua, Pisa could look bad. Instead, I changed my mind: the Botanical Garden of Pisa is rich in species, extensive and well organized. The fame of the botanists who taught in Pisa is reflected in the value of the specimens of plants conserved here. Among other things, I mention the collection of palm trees, that of ancient varieties of camellias, a specimen of "Myrtus communis" more than two centuries old.
    If the Garden is interesting, excellence is achieved in the annexed museum. Here, in fact, the immense Herbariums (general and special) are kept, made up of over 400,000 specimens (of which a virtual visit is also possible); other precious finds; and above all there are stupendous wax models of plants, flowers, fruits or their parts (often greatly enlarged), created for didactic purposes, and which benefit from the great Tuscan wax modeling tradition (see on this subject the "Museo della Specola" in Florence ).
    In short, one leaves these premises having the impression of having visited one of the highlights of Italian botanical knowledge, for more than five centuries.
    Written 25 January 2023
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  • shaunsizen
    Lewes, UK49 contributions
    Just the most perfect beach restaurant we could have hoped for, went there 3 times in a week. The staff are so nice, you get cheaper sunbeds if you have lunch, they run you a tab, nothing is too much trouble for them.

    The food is great, some starters and 3 mains, normally 2 pasta and a fresh fish, changes daily, the waiter will translate some of the more local aspects as to what sort of fish or sauce we would have.

    Beach is great, very shallow and sandy and clean, showers right by the bar, very clean loo’s or so the ladies tell me, ice creams on sale or so the kids told me, very good local beer which is what I told myself 😊

    Cannot recommend this enough, we tried one other around the corner which was ok but not a patch in Il Paguro. Not sure if we will ever be back but if we do (I fancy the concerts in Lucca one day) then we will come very day.

    Ciao
    Written 16 July 2019
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  • davespnr
    St. Neots, UK22 contributions
    This beach was the best we found on our visit to Tuscany. It’s known as a ‘wild’ beach and is mainly free. There is a reasonable car park (costs 6.50 for the day) with plenty of spaces (longest search for place was 5 mins) and wooden walk ways down to the sand. Can get crowded but space can always be found with a short walk. There are several bars/restaurants for supplies.
    Written 19 August 2018
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  • M Richard M
    Kathmandu, Nepal1,826 contributions
    We drove to Pisa from Montecanti. Wanted to just see the countryside and really enjoyed it. So many small villages and collections of housing and stores.
    Written 27 February 2018
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  • Berend
    Zandvoort, The Netherlands126 contributions
    Nice beachclub with different chairs, parasols and good food. Staff is friendly and service is good.
    Written 9 July 2018
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  • RonRz
    The Hague, The Netherlands27 contributions
    Large sandy beach, mainly Italian families. Staff does not speak English but a perfect place to enjoy the sea. With decent toilets and showers.
    Written 27 August 2019
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  • Daniela M
    4 contributions
    The place is well run and tidy. The staff is very helpful. My daughter put her foot on a weever fish, unfortunately, and they came to help and check on her immediately.
    On site there is also a good restaurant and bar.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • olivia c
    Sheffield, UK17 contributions
    Lovely sandy beach at marina di pisa. We expected to need to arrive early to get chairs but we've been here since 11am and it's now 1.45pm and there has been times we've been the only family here. There are a few inflatables for the children to use, a nice bar and snacks, toilets and changing rooms. It was 15€ for a family of 5 to enter and use 2 deckchairs and a parasol.
    Written 27 May 2022
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  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain10,426 contributions
    Spiaggia Libera is located in Marina di Pisa, not so far from Pisa, in Tuscany Region. It is a typical Mediterranean sandy beach, where you can relax, bath, sunbath or play with children. Nice beach as some other, not especial, in the average.
    Written 10 May 2020
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  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain10,426 contributions
    Scogli Marina di Pisa is the part of the coast, where there are some rocks and it is possible to go to bath or sunbath. It is located in Marina di Pisa, a little town not so far from Pisa, in Tuscany Region. It is the typical place to walk, see the coast, bath, sunbath or relax in Mediterranean coast. Ok, it is nice, not more, in the average.
    Written 10 May 2020
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  • izzi47
    Ashton in Makerfield, UK148 contributions
    Worth a try pizzas looked good and were popular with the locals. We ate barbecued steak and ribs which were both plentiful and really good quality .Total cost for 2 including wine ,water, desert and cafe €45 .Only down side does not take cards.
    Written 7 June 2016
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