The journey takes you through an environment of extraordinary ecological value: you are, indeed, cycling in the heart of the green areas around the Lake of Chiusi and the Lake of Montepulciano immediately after, perfect places at which to have a pleasant rest. The lakes are left over from the ancient marshes.
The Lake of Chiusi is also where the legendary flight of Santa Mustiola took place: pursued and imprisoned by the emperor, she succeeded in reaching the lake by fashioning her cloak into a sort of boat, which carried her over the water. The legend goes on to say that on July 3, at night, you can see Santa Mustiola’s golden wake in the water.
The lakes of Chiusi and Montepulciano are ideal destinations for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers, who find themselves in the realm of herons, ducks, little egrets and little bitterns. Along this part of the path, you enter the lake’s most peaceful, silent stretch, as you wind through the luxuriant, humid areas among poplars and willows. Near the Lake of Montepulciano, the point of reference for nature lovers and bird life is the LIPU (Association for the Protection of Birds) Oasis, which offers its visitors huts and platforms for birdwatching, as well as the chance to go for a boat ride over the lake.