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Riserva Naturale Monterufoli - Caselli

The Nature Reserve of Monterufoli

Caselli Val di Cecina attracts geologists and excursionists

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Val di Cecina
The Val di Cecina territory is characterized by its high historical-cultural value as well as by its natural treasures. Home to three important nature reserves, the area hosts the Berignone, the Monterufoli-Caselli and the Montenero, which stretch for over 7,100 hectares, crossing the municipalities of Pomarance, Monteverdi Marittimo, Montecatini Val di Cecina and Volterra. The Monterufoli-Caselli nature Reserve is particularly noteworthy thanks to its pristine biodiversity. The site of two vast forests, this reserve is of regional importance. These great woodsy areas are characterized by a network of rivers – the Sterza and the Trossa and it is considered one of Tuscany’s most important wilderness areas. Geologists and excursionists are sure to enjoy its diverse fauna and its unique geological formations. These nature reserves offer ample recreation opportunities. On foot, on horseback or by bike, visitors can make use of a network of well-marked trails, suitable for either beginners or experts.

Handicapped accessibility: partial
Availability of additional personnel: yes
Presence of means of transport: no
Specific trails: no
Altitude: 100/560
Accessibility to visitors’ center: yes
Montecatini Val di Cecina
From the medieval centre to ancient mines, an unsual corner of Tuscany
Before the 11th century, the village of Montecatini Val di Cecina was known by the name Monte Leone (Castrum Montis Leonis); this is how it appeared in a bull by Pietro, Bishop of Volterra in 1099. Over the centuries, the territory was a point of conflict between Pisa and Volterra, and was finally brought under Florence’s control in 1472. ...