In Ripafratta, the cycle path crosses the river and continues on the road along the Monte Penna whose Mediterranean vegetation heralds the approach of the coastal side and the next stage. Lake Massaciuccoli can be reached by skirting the motorway for a short distance and crossing it (to the left, then to the right again) with an underpass and then passing through the reclamation fields on dirt roads and wooden bridges. This landscape is attraversed by canals and illuminated by much-loved sunflowers, when in season. Once you reach the small port of Massaciuccoli, you can climb off your bike to visit the LIPU oasis and to immerse yourself in the sedge and reed beds via footbridges and walkways until you reach the clearing where many migratory birds stop when its the season.
Finally, we recommend visiting Villa Puccini in Torre del Lago, where the composer spent many years of his life. His best known works were created here in his house in front of the lake, including La Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), La Rondine (The Swallow) and Il Trittico.
To reach it, you can take the route that runs along the lake of Massaciuccoli or, if it's in service, you can use the Burlamacca motorboat that reaches the Belvedere Puccini and the great theater of Torre del Lago, exactly where the Maestro had dreamed it would be.