Tomboli Biogenetic Nature Reserve
A nature reserve on Tuscany’s beautiful coastline
Rows of sand dunes covered with thick vegetation run inland from the beach and make up part of the ecosystem which protects cultivated areas from the sea winds. The Tomboli Biogenetic Nature Reserve at Cecina extends over 15km and is one of Italy’s most beautiful forests. The dense and varied vegetation changes as it extends inland. Lilies and sea poppies flower on the beach while junipers cover the outer dunes and Holm oaks, cluster pines and umbrella pines predominate in the scrub. The Reserve is home to a variety of animals, such as wild rabbits, foxes, weasels, porcupines, deer and badgers. Many birds can be seen in the reserve’s skies such as doves, green woodpeckers, hoopoes and wood pigeons which spend long periods here.