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Nature Reserves Upper Cecina Valley – Excursion Program 2017

 

Excursions, Events, Activities

season April – November 2017

The Nature Reserves of the Alta Val di Cecina

Guided tour, Trekking, events

Trekking, events and meetings with experts, including environmental education, artistic and sensory workshops etc. to discover the wilds crossed by man for millennia.
A breathtaking experience that gives us a better understanding of the history of man and his centuries-old relationship with nature.

Information and Booking

Reservations required with the exception of visits to
Rocca Sillana and to Miniera di Montecatini on Friday afternoon
(they fall in the opening hours)

For further information and booking please contact: Consorzio Turistico Volterra Valdicecina Valdera:
www.volterratur.it; info@volterratur.it;

tel. 0588 860990588 87257: opening time: 9:30am/1:00pm; 2:00pm/6:00pm.

  • The excursions, in the afternoon and at night, must be booked by 1pm on the same excursion day.
  • The daily excursions must be booked by 5pm on the day prior the excursion.
  • Tutte le escursioni e le attività sono seguite da guide professioniste e/o da personale esperto.
  • All the excursions and activities are supervised by professional guides and/or experts. Shuttle bus not included.
  • acked-lunch not included.

The Nature Reserves of the Alta Val di Cecina

Not just a walk, coming and going but fully living a profound experience of nature, sometimes wild and untamed, and other times delightful and welcoming becoming part of our culture and presenting a unique landscape, a precious mosaic skilfully modelled by the people who had lived there for millennia, in the heart of Etruria.

A land of natural contrasts, an in between, a passage, culturally stressful, an articulated mosaic of nature that continuously surprises you, a delicate environmental equilibrium deserving discovery, to be understood and preserved.

All this in three extraordinary Nature Reserves (Berignone Forest, Monterufoli- Caselli Forest and Montenero), that have been classified as sites of a regional and community interest and protected areas, and another four protected areas of community importance (the Cecina River from Berignone to Ponteginori) and last but not least three of regional interest (Geothermal fields in M. Rotondo and Sasso Pisano, Valle del Pavone and Rocca Sillana, Balze of Volterra and the surrounding crete). About 12,000 hectares of a unique environment where one can enjoy the nature trails, trekking paths and didactic trails, fully equipped.


Browse the guide tours

GUIDED TOUR
From 1st June at 30th September
THE WARMTH AND THE ENERGY UNDERFOOT
Visit of the Geothermical Museum of Larderello.

Trekking to the natural geothermic phenomena of Sasso Pisano and “aperitivo” Slow Food.
From 1/6 to 30/9 every Thursday h 16.00- 19.30.

Meeting point: Geothermal Energy Museum in Larderello at 16.00

Price € 8,00 – under 14 free.

People must provide their own transportation.

GUIDED TOUR
From 1st July to 31st August
THE WARMTH AND THE ENERGY UNDERFOOT
Visit of the Geothermical Museum of Larderello.

Trekking to the natural geothermic phenomena of Sasso Pisano. From 19.00 surcharge tasting of local products along the streets of the Borgo, with events and entertainment for young and old.

From 1/7 to 31/8 every Friday h 16.00-19.00

Meeting point: Geothermal Energy Museum in Larderello at 16.00

Price € 6,00 – under 14 free.

People must provide their own transportation.

GUIDED TOUR
From 26th April to 31st May
ROCCA SILLANA, AN IMPOSING FORTRESS
Guided tour of the imposing ruins of the Rocca Sillana fortress with breathtaking views

By day: from 26-4 to 30-9 every Saturday and Sunday
Guided tours at 15,00-16,00- 17,00-18,00

By day: from 1-6 to 30-9 – every Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Friday.
Guided tours at 16.00 – 17.00 – 18.00 and 19.00

Meeting point: directly at the Rocca Sillana which can be reached via a 800 m long path

Price € 3,00 – students and over 60 € 2,00

By night: From 1/7 to 31/8 every Tuesday night guided tours at 21.00 and 22.30

Meeting point: Parking lot of the Rocca Sillana

Price Euro 6,00 – under 14 free.

GUIDED TOUR
From 1st July to 31st August
THE COPPER MINE OF MONTECATINI

A journey to the centre of the Earth: guided tour of the copper mine in Montecatini Val di Cecina.

By day: from 25/04 to 30/9 every Friday at 16.00

By night: from 1/7 to 31/8 every Wednesday at 20.00 – 21.00 – 22.00 and 23.00.
Possibility of a candle light dinner.

Meeting point at the entrance to the Mine Museum in Montecatini Val di Cecina

Price € 6,00 – under 14 free – Buffet dinner € 18 per person
Buffet dinner and guided tours € 23 per person.

GUIDED TOUR
From 15th July to 31st August
THE RIVER CECINA AND A PLUNGE INTO
CRYSTALLINE WATERS

Short excursion along one of the most beautiful water flows in Tuscany which ends with a dip in the crystalline waters.

From 15/7 to 31/8 – every Tuesday h 16.00- 20.00

Meeting point: in front of the train station of Saline di Volterra at 15.00

Price € 6,00 – under 14 free

People must provide their own transportation.

GUIDED TOUR
From 1st June to 30th September
POMARANCE BIKE TOURS

Every Monday afternoon at 5 PM

A scenic route around Pomarance’s hills, lost in the amazing beauty of the green energy land, a chance to enjoy the typical landscapes of the “Warm Heart of Tuscany”
Meeting point: time 5 PM, Pomarance Tourist Office
Trail length: 15 km
Difficulty level: easy
Bike: mtb – trekking – ebike
Age: Over 14

FEE: 8 €

INFO * INFO * INFO * INFO * INFO * INFO * INFO

RENTAL – SPECIAL PRICE FOR BIKE TOURS TREKKING: Bike 10 € – MTB 14 € – Ebike 23 €

All participants should be physically fit to cover the established trail length. Parking and shower facilities at the Camper Area. Compulsory reservation by 5pm of the day preceding the tour.

Consorzio Turistico Volterra Valdicecina Valdera: www.volterratur.it; info@volterratur.it; tel. 0588 86099 – 0588 87257
OUTSIDE THE PROGRAMMED DAYS:
BIKE-TOUR Info: 339 2100298; info@tuscanylovebike.it
RENTAL Info: 347 4847759; info@noleggiocicliholiday.com

HORSEBACK RIDING & TREKKING
17th and 18th June

Association of Monterufoli Pony in Collaboration with Association of Murgese Horse A.N.A.M.F. and A.R.A (Breeders Regional Association) organizes:
8th Monterufoli Pony Official Review 3rd meeting of the Tuscan Murgese horse 1st exhibition / festival Amiata donkeys

INFO * INFO * INFO * INFO * INFO * INFO * INFO

HORSE RIDING AND TREKKING/strong>: The Equestrian Center Municipal Santa Barbara organizes walks starting from 1 hour to 1 or more days of trekking, all year round.

DONKEYS RIDING: The Equestrian Center Santa Barbara Municipal organizes excursions with donkeys Amiata trained for individuals or families who want to enjoy the beautiful scenery of our territory

INFO and RATES: Maurizio 3282167048/Michele
3479219263; mail: sbarbaracentroippico@libero.it

Il presente programma è stato curato da.
Unione Montana Alta Val di Cecina e dal Centro di Educazione Ambientale Alta Val di Cecina in collaborazione con la Regione Toscana Direzione Ambiente ed Energia.

Coordinamento:
Guido Iacono: Regione Toscana Direzione Ambiente ed Energia Settore Tutela della Natura e del Mare
Mauro Barsacchi: Unione Montana Alta val di Cecina
Davide Bettini, Andrea Bandinelli: Centro di Educazione Ambientale Alta val di Cecina

Consorzio Turistico Volterra Valdicecina Valdera S.c.r.l.
Via Franceschini, 34 - 56048 Volterra (PI) - PIVA 01308340502
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