The Nature Reserve of Alto Merse
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The Nature Reserve of Alto Merse

One of the key characteristics of the reserve is the presence of three types of woodpeckers

Chiusdino

The Reserve, situated south-west of the town of Siena, includes a long stretch of the river Merse, the stream Ricausa, most of the stream Rosia and the last stretch of the stream La Gonna, all tributaries of the river Merse. Most of the mountains, in particular those where the siliceous rocks belonging to the Verrucano Group outcrop, are covered by deciduous woodlands where the Turkey oak dominates, since it adapts well to siliceous soils. In the lower part of the slopes, which are cooler, together with the Turkey oak we can also find the Sessile oak. After Sessile oak woods, Chestnut tree woods are the most widespread woodland habitat in the Reserve.

Surface: 2000 hectares

Municipalities: Chiusdino, Monticiano and Sovicille

Source: Siena Province

Chiusdino
Home to monuments such as the Compagnia di San Galgano Church and the Lenzi stately homes
The city is home to San Sebastian Church, Miralduolo Castle, Compagnia di San Galgano Church and the Lenzi stately homes. Before the town existed, the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria stood on the same site, built in 1004. The town slowly grew on a nearby hill top ridge and quickly became an important strategic point in the area. ...
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