Nature, from the coast to the Metalliferous Hills

What better occasion than a holiday to rediscover contact with nature by exploring the different environments that the Val di Cornia has to offer? There are numerous natural parks where you can enjoy outdoor activities and discover the rich biodiversity of the Tuscan coast.

Sterpaia Coastal Park (10 minutes by car)

In Sterpaia Park, there are both mobile dunes subject to continuous change and characterised by a type of ‘pioneer’ vegetation, and fixed dunes inhabited by other types of plants, as well as shrubs such as juniper and mastic.

Poggio Neri Forest Park (30 minutes by car)

The park area – around 700 hectares of hilly forest dominated by holm oaks and chestnut trees – is home to more than 200 species of birds, including the peregrine falcon and, during migration, the common owl. Mammals include roe deer and wild boar, fox, porcupine, hedgehog and weasel.

Montioni Natural Park (30 minutes by car)

Covering approximately 7,000 hectares between the Cornia and Pecora Valleys, in an area between the provinces of Livorno and Grosseto, the Montioni Natural Park includes two state nature reserves: the Marsiliana (440 hectares) and Poggio Tre Cancelli (100 hectares). The visit can start from the village of Montioni Nuovo, built by the Princes of Piombino Felice and Elisa Baciocchi, Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister.

Geothermal energy is the energy of the earth

Southern Tuscany, due to its geological characteristics, has a centuries-old tradition in the exploitation of geothermal energy, i.e., clean energy derived from water and steam from the depths of the planet that are released in the form of geysers, blowholes or thermal springs. For those who wish to learn more about this uniqueness, the Mubia – Geomuseo delle Biancane in Monterotondo Marittimo (32 minutes by car) is not to be missed.

Monterufoli Caselli Nature Reserve (35 minutes by car)

The reserve is located in the heart of the Colline Metallifere, in the territories of the municipalities of Pomarance, Monteverdi Marittimo and Montecatini Val di Cecina. The landscape boasts extraordinary biodiversity, with vast forests and thickets alternating with arid and rocky areas. The vegetation is very varied and the fauna is rich in birds of prey, including the snake eagle, and is populated by animals such as the wolf, the wild cat and the marten.