Il Padule di Fucecchio

Fucecchio Wetlands

The most important Italian inland marsh

The Padule di Fucecchio (Fucecchio Marshland) is the most important Italian inland marsh area. Its warm climate means that both Mediterranean and Nordic plants are able to live in close proximity. The best time for bird-watching, especially heron watching, starts during the Spring. The marshland is home to several species of waterfowl and the rare crested heron. It is also possible to observe the marshland falcon, several species of duck and interesting migratory birds, such as osprey and storks. Inside the Padule there are 9 nature walks which can be done on foot, preferably in Springtime.
A castle along the via Francigena
Fucecchio is in the province of Florence and has a population of twenty thousand inhabitants. The town’s origins are closely tied to those of the Cadolingi, a powerful family from Pistoia. They chose to live in Fucecchio for its proximity to all the major Tuscan cities. ...