Nature lovers won’t be able to resist visiting one of the many nature parks nestled within the Tuscan region. At the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, don’t miss visiting one of its stunning islands: Giglio, Giannutri, Pianosa, Capraia, Gorgona and Montecristo. Italy’s first marine park, it’s the largest structure of its kind in Europe. Known as the ‘Seven Star Park’, this area offers crystalline waters, incredible rock formations and the chance to view many unique plant and animal species. Those who can’t resist a good hike will want to check out the park’s various trails. The Enfola Trail, for example, offers a hike that’s great even for beginners. Walking through this pristine environment, you’ll be able to see some of Elba’s most characteristic geological formations. If you’d like to know more about how to gain access to Pianosa and Giannutri, click here.
The Maremma Park lies along the sea and it’s surrounded by swamplands and woodsy pine forests. On foot or by bike, the area offers incredible nature walks for birdwatchers and spelunkers. The park offers many trails that lead to an ancient settlement surrounding the San Rabano Abbey and the Saracen pirate towers. Hikers can catch a glimpse of the Uccellina Park and reach the mouth of the Ombrone River. See all trails. From Versilia, through Viareggio and Massarosa to the Pisan coast, don’t miss taking leisurely hikes with the entire family at the Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Nature Park. Ideal for bird-watching, the Lipu Massaciuccoli Park also proves a must-see stop on your Tuscan itinerary. At the visitor’s center in San Rossore, learn more about trails that guarantee access for the disabled.
Along the Etruscan coast, in parks located in the Val di Cornia, you’ll have the chance to learn about the history of the region thanks to ancient archeological settlements and old-time mining sites. Follow the footsteps of the Etruscans at the Archeological Park of Baratti and Polpulonia. And why not take a trip underground at San Silvestro’s Archeo-mineral Park, where you can see tunnels, mines and miner’s districts? The Costal Parks of Rimigliano and Sterpaia offer unique natural settings where you can see the coast’s lush vegetation and crystalline seaside. At the Montioni Nature Park and the Poggio Neri Forest Park, take some time to experience the Great Outdoors. For more park information, click here.