Viareggio and the surrounding area to visit

While going to the area of Viareggio and thus Versilia many people do not know that in the inland part and , specifically in Massarosa Massaciuccoli, there is an archaeological area of great interest. A very nice cultural itinerary to do to get to know this area of Tuscany better.

A ‘somewhat hidden area, away from mass routes, nestled in the countryside among olive trees and historyideal also for hiking.

What to see around Viareggio the Massarosa - excavations of the Roman archaeological area
What to see around Viareggio the Massarosa – excavations of the Roman archaeological area
  • The Roman Massaciuccoli
  • Lake Massaciuccoli
  • Massarosa and the Chiarone Reserve
  • The small villages

The Massaciuccoli Romana

Massaciuccoli Romana can also be visited with a guide who will show and tell you what many people ignore about this area.

A special place that shows how this area was a crossroads of traffic. And today we can admire a splendid mosaic and the villa of the Venulei.
All visitable Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. info +39 0584 9790

Lake Massaciuccoli hole by Roberta Capanni
What to see near Viareggio? Lake Massaciuccoli photo by Roberta Capanni

Lake Massaciuccoli

The once larger Lake Massaciuccoli has created a perfect climate and has allowed and enables many species of birds. This is the largest wetland in Tuscany, and here, those seeking relaxation are sure to find it. We are in today’s Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Natural Park and there are about 260 species of birds surveyed and protected.

Massarosa and the Chiarone Reserve

The Lipu Oasis of Massaciuccoli. Massarosa is also home to an oasis where many volatiles nest and birdwatching stations can be found. Here, too, the peace of nature provides moments when time seems to stand still. Lake Massaciuccoli has been among the most recognized ornithological locations in Italy since the 1800s.

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Chiarone Reserve in Massarosa: the walkway in the Lipu oasis

About 300 speciesin each season from the Great Crested Grebe and the Cormorant, which dive to fish for Tench and Mullet, to the Grey Heron, Little Egret, Great White Egret and Crested Warbler, and Snipe. There is no shortage of Marsh Harrier above the reedbeds and Royal Pythias and Garganeys. In spring there is the best and other species come into view.

How to get to the Chiarone – Massaciuccoli Reserve

The Chiarone Nature Reserve has about 47 hectares and is open to the public year-round, daily, 9am-7pm. Guided tours for groups or school groups must be booked at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is accessible to the handicapped. For reservations this is the number Tel 0584 975567

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Surroundings of Viareggio Pieve a Elici

The small villages to see

Near Massarosa there are delightful villages to visit such as: Mommio Castello, Corsanico, Bargecchia. Do not miss Pieve a Elicipare founded by San Frediano, bishop of Lucca in the 5th and 6th centuries. Expanded The renovated in the early 18th century today the parish church, perfectly restored, with its immersion baptismal font.

There are many other itineraries to do what have you seen particularly beautiful in this area? Let us know!

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