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Beyond Binoculars:
Immersive Birding in Tuscany


Explore the wealth of Italy’s natural beauty as you set off bird watching in Tuscany. Adventure into the Regional Park of Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli with a highly respected ornithologist as your guide and discover the diversity of bird species who inhabit the marshes, woods and lakes. Voyage out onto the waters of Lake Massaciuccoli and learn to sight the birds and watch their behavior as it unfolds naturally in front of your eyes. Relax in the fresh air of the Tuscan countryside and engage with the wonder of one of Italy’s premier natural resources.

The colorful variations

Bird calls create a welcoming anthem as you get ready to immerse yourself in nature.  Lake Massaciuccoli is a well known as a stopping point on migrations paths for birds all across Europe, as well as the permanent home of numerous species of waterfowl.  In the quiet of your natural surroundings your senses come alive and you will be on the lookout as you scan the waters and the skies for mallard, coots, the water rail, the moorhen, the piro piro, greater white herons, gray herons, egrets and marsh hawks, as well more unusual species including the tern, the teal, widgeon and ospreys.  Your guide will fill you in on Massaciuccoli’s crucial importance to the fields of nature studies and bird watching in particular, with research conducted here since the 19th century and over 300 species of birds observed...

Bird calls create a welcoming anthem as you get ready to immerse yourself in nature.  Lake Massaciuccoli is a well known as a stopping point on migrations paths for birds all across Europe, as well as the permanent home of numerous species of waterfowl.  In the quiet of your natural surroundings your senses come alive and you will be on the lookout as you scan the waters and the skies for mallard, coots, the water rail, the moorhen, the piro piro, greater white herons, gray herons, egrets and marsh hawks, as well more unusual species including the tern, the teal, widgeon and ospreys.  Your guide will fill you in on Massaciuccoli’s crucial importance to the fields of nature studies and bird watching in particular, with research conducted here since the 19th century and over 300 species of birds observed.

Meet Dr. Gianluca Serra and talk with him about his work in the field of ornithology.  Feel his passion as he tells you, “I am well aware that research is only a little part of conservation, just the beginning.  Species are not saved with nice publications. Conservation is about prompting change in human behavior.” You become a front-line conservationist as your bird watching experience with Dr. Serra takes you through the colorful variations of land and water, trees and marsh and you become familiar with the work being done in behavioral ecology, monitoring of endangered wildlife and creating sustainable development of birdlife.  Dr. Serra shares his extensive international experience with you, conjuring images of his time spent in the Syrian desert and with Samoan hunters, as you hike through the stunningly beautiful lagoons and low lying maquis brush of western Tuscany.

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A watery paradise

Revel in the incredible natural beauty surrounding Lake Massaciuccoli, one of the most important places of naturalistic interest in Italy.  Geography springs vividly to life as you realize how the area evolved over thousands of years. Coastal shifts, sea currents and the instability of local rivers all combined to form long sand bars, effectively blocking the outlet of water to the sea and creating this fascinating microcosm of lush woods and sparkling marshes.  Uncover the effects of the hands of man on the environment, with drainage interventions begun by the Medici family and continuing more recently into the mid 20th century, ultimately defining the area as you see it today, with over 2000 square kilometers of water surface and the shallow freshwater lake with its shoreline tracing a circle of 10 kilometers...

Revel in the incredible natural beauty surrounding Lake Massaciuccoli, one of the most important places of naturalistic interest in Italy.  Geography springs vividly to life as you realize how the area evolved over thousands of years. Coastal shifts, sea currents and the instability of local rivers all combined to form long sand bars, effectively blocking the outlet of water to the sea and creating this fascinating microcosm of lush woods and sparkling marshes.  Uncover the effects of the hands of man on the environment, with drainage interventions begun by the Medici family and continuing more recently into the mid 20th century, ultimately defining the area as you see it today, with over 2000 square kilometers of water surface and the shallow freshwater lake with its shoreline tracing a circle of 10 kilometers.

Walk on water along the wooden paths rising on stilts just above the surface of the marshes and have a look for the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Massaciuccoli, a small archeological site on the edge of this watery paradise.  In the midst of your bird watching experience, you might spy the remains of the roman villa overlooking the lake from its spectacular vantage point on a hill, with remnants of thermal baths just visible below. Along with birdsong, you may hear music floating on the air, as modern Massaciuccoli is well known as the home of composer Giacomo Puccini and his towering house is now a museum easy to spot from various points on your walk.  Take your eyes from the skies and don’t miss the endless variety of wildflowers and other vegetation at your feet. Lake Massaciuccoli provides everything you need and more for an excellent birding experience in Tuscany.

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Spot the wildlife

Spread your wings in Italy’s wilderness and see nature through the eyes of an expert ornithologist. Dr. Serra gives you the skills you need to make your bird watching experience in Tuscany truly unforgettable.  You will be provided with all the tools you need for observing the birds and other wildlife in this impressively beautiful location where the land meets the water and the water reflects the sky. Learn to distinguish the different calls of the various species and gain a keen eye for identifying their shapes, their plumage and their behaviour.  Feel the thrill of the hunt if you are lucky enough to see the spectacular fishing dives of hawks and marvel at the grace of a Knight of Italy, one of the world’s most elegant wading birds...

Spread your wings in Italy’s wilderness and see nature through the eyes of an expert ornithologist. Dr. Serra gives you the skills you need to make your bird watching experience in Tuscany truly unforgettable.  You will be provided with all the tools you need for observing the birds and other wildlife in this impressively beautiful location where the land meets the water and the water reflects the sky. Learn to distinguish the different calls of the various species and gain a keen eye for identifying their shapes, their plumage and their behaviour.  Feel the thrill of the hunt if you are lucky enough to see the spectacular fishing dives of hawks and marvel at the grace of a Knight of Italy, one of the world’s most elegant wading birds. 

Immersed in the soothing natural scents and sounds of Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Regional Park, the day is yours to share an unusual bird watching experience with a leading expert in the field of ornithology.  Use your new talents to spot and identify the wildlife, while you discuss wildlife conservation around the world with an internationally experienced researcher. Munch a picnic prepared with local Italian produce and bask in the heavenly natural environment of the park, pondering the impact of humans on nature, as well as the impact of nature upon humans.

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