Travel and Culture in Tuscany
The most important wooded complex in the province of Livorno is certainly, together with the Pineta (pinewood) of Cecina, the luxuriant Foresta di Valle Benedetta, that extends on the hills that separate Livorno from Colle Salvetti. From a bird’s eye view, in fact, this forest appears as an impenetrable complex, a mantel of vegetation that covers completely a quite big area.
The arboreal zone, which extends to the North and to the South of Marina di Cecina, between Vada and Marina di Bibbona, occupies in all a surface of about 400 hectares along the coast for more than 15 km and constitutes the Biogenetic Nature Reserve of Tomboli di Cecina.
This wide botanic complex owes its existence to the Grand Duke of Tuscany Leopoldo II who, in 1839, ordered its creation to finish the land reclamation of the marsh that extended around the river Cecina.
Thanks to its position between the sea and the hills, Livorno offers a wide range of possibilities to enjoy its wonderful nature: fishing, submarine excursions, sailing and windsurfing, but also trekking and riding by mountainbike.
Livorno photographies kindly granted by Comune di Livorno.