The Maremma Regional Park: Uccellina Park, a natural paradise in Tuscany

 

In Tuscany there is a place where wild nature shows its beauty, a green oasis that reconciles those who visit it with the world: it is Park of Maremma, also known as Parco dell'Uccellina, a natural kingdom which hosts an incredible ecosystem made of Mediterranean scrub, beaches, cliffs, oaks, holm oaks and broom; a wild paradise that hosts many animals including wild boars, foxes, deer, goats, cattle and horses.

Parco dell'Uccellina is one of the first regional parks in Tuscany, born in 1975. It stretches for 25 km along cultivated fields, pastures, marshes and pine forests; the Uccellina Mountains, the hills enclosed in the park, dominate the Tyrrhenian coast and offer an incredible view over Giglio and Elba Islands.

The park is on the coastline that goes from Principina a Mare to Talamone, a place filled with the scent of herbs: here are lakesides - such as Trappola, ideal for birdwatching - and the plain that houses the mouth of the Ombrone River. There are no settlements, only the melancholic remnants of sighting towers built in the Middle Ages to protect the coast from pirate raids: some of these, Castel Marino Towers, Collelungo and the Uccellina Tower can still be visited.

There are many itineraries that lead to the discovery of the park, which can be visited on foot, by bike, on horseback, by donkeys and canoe. Among the monuments in the park, the most famous is the Abbey of San Rabano, a Benedictine settlement of the XI sec.


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