The Tuscany region is one of the most visited places on Earth. The mild climate, beautiful landscapes and rich history attract millions of tourists from all over the world every year. Tuscany is the land of Chianti wine, vast beaches on the Ligurian Sea and historic Florence, the city of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Summer in Italy can be very troublesome. The heat and the ubiquitous stuffiness bother you so much that everyone - both the resident and the tourist - wants to cool down in the water. The beaches of the Ligurian Sea are crowded, but don't be afraid, there is enough space. However, if we want to rest in silence, among picturesque landscapes and singing birds, it is better to abandon the vision of splashing in the sea and go to the lake instead. In Tuscany, a great place for such a trip is Lago di Bilancino, the largest reservoir in the region, created by human hands.
Rest on Lago di Bilancino
Lago di Bilancino is approximately 24 km north of Florence. On hot days, it is an ideal destination for tourists spending their holidays in Tuscany . Many of Italy's lakes are cold, but Bilancino's water is pleasantly warm. The infrastructure around the reservoir is well organized - numerous cafes, pubs and eateries provide tourists with entertainment after relaxing by the shore. In addition, in many places you can rent water equipment, including a kayak or windsurfing board. Beach enthusiasts should remember to bring footwear to the shore, as the beaches surrounding the lake are rocky. You must remember about cosmetics with a strong sunscreen.
Recreation in the midst of nature
On the northeastern shore of the lake is Oasi WWF di Gabbianello , a protected natural area of local importance. It covers an area of 25 hectares (8 hectares of which are flooded), among deciduous and coniferous forests. In the period of bird migrations, it is a resting and feeding place for numerous rare species. Ornithology enthusiasts spending their holidays in Italy - both professionals and amateurs - can admire them from five specially prepared observatories equipped with appropriate equipment. In complete silence, with a watchful eye, we can see a white stork, cranes, wild geese, pink flamingos and extremely rare ospreys. The local observation routes are adapted to the needs of the disabled. You can also visit the educational center where we will find out everything we want to know about the area. There are courses, laboratories and special meetings where photos and videos are presented, showing not only the birds, but also the nature of the area. Mountain bikes can be rented in the center.
Camping in Tuscany
Approx. 3 km from Ligo di Bilancino and about 22 km from Florence is theCamping Village Mugello Verde , offering hospitality to lovers of Tuscan nature and cuisine. Tourists have at their disposal pitches for caravans or campers, a campsite, mobile homes, as well as places in apartments. Thanks to the location of the campsite, holidaymakers can enjoy the attractions of the region - it is easy to reach not only from Bilancino, but also to the neighboring towns. The facility's amenities include: access to washing machines, dryers and a freezer, as well as a safe where you can leave valuables. An iron and a hair dryer are available at the reception desk upon request. The campsite has a restaurant-pizzeria, mini-market, swimming pool, tennis court (with lighting to play at night), as well as a TV room, ping-pong table and a playground for children. The facility is disabled-friendly - it has adapted toilets. Guests at the campsite can take advantage of the free shuttle service to San Pietro Train Station.
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