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The Sibolla Lake

One of the most precious natural environments in Italy

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Lake Sibolla is a small body of water; at present its free surface area covers about 12,000 sq.m., but in spite of its small size it is undoubtedly one of the most precious natural environments in Italy. The Lake is situated in the Province of Lucca, between Altopascio and Chiesina Uzzanese. It lies within the central part of a lowland catchment area collecting rain water from a total surface area of about 1,400,000 sq.m, of which about 270,000 sq.m fall within the marsh basin proper, covered by hygrophilous vegetation and furrowed by a dense network of ditches and canals. Much of the marshland sector is surrounded by meadows, wasteland and still-cultivated fields. In contrast, the south-western and eastern sides of the basin still support wooded areas, some hygrophilous (with lowland Poplar stands) and others mesoxerophilous with Pubescent Oak and Cluster Pine. Almost all the water supply to Sibolla is "endogenous", as the marsh basin has practically no permanent and important affluents. There is only one effluent, the Sibolla Trench, which flows into the Fucecchio Marshes.
The Protected Area
The Natural Reserve "Lago di Sibolla", established by the Province of Lucca in 1996, covers an area of about 60 hectares and falls entirely within the Commune of Altopascio. The Province of Lucca manages the Reserve directly with the help of a Technical and Scientific Committee suggested by the Universities of Pisa and Florence. The Nature Reserve Regulations impose constraints and ordinance on the country planning for buildings, urbanistics and infrastructures, on the use of resources and the soil, as well as through directives governing the custody and development of the environmental, naturalistic and scientific values of the area. The following in particular are forbidden: building of new constructions; agriculture, animal rearing or grazing other than by traditional methods; shooting and fishing; gathering and removal of peat and sphagnum; introduction and adoption of any type of means which may alter the biogeochemical cycles; motor-navigation; any type of operation which may affect surface and underground water supplies.
Lake Sibolla has been registered as "a biotope of great vegetation interest and meriting conservation" by the Italian Botanical Society (Società Botanica Italiana 1971) and by the National Council for Research (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche 1972).
For information and guided tours
Amministrazione Provinciale di Lucca (Administration Offices of Lucca Province): tel. 0583/4171
Centro di Ricerca, Documentazione e Promozione del Padule di Fucecchio (Centre for Research, Documentation and Promotion of the Fucecchio Marshes): tel. e fax 0573/84540;
e-mail fucecchio@zoneumidetoscane.it

Source: www.zoneumidetoscane.it
Altopascio has been known as a rest stop for pilgrims traversing the Via Francigena (a pilgrimage route running from Canterbury to Rome) for centuries, but it is also called the “city of bread” because of the long-standing traditions passed down through generations in a region known for its abundance of grain. ...