Point of departure/arrival: Massarosa
Length: 10 km
Road surface: unpaved or macadam, no shade
Recommended time of year: all year round
Once you reach via Portovecchio, follow it until you cross the railway line. Then, continue until you find a group of nurseries, farm irrigation and herbal crops. Once you get to a fork in the road, you’ll find yourself walking along a dense grid of canals.
In Botolo, make sure you stop and have a look at the ditch called Ferro di Cavallo (Horseshoe), which is well-known for its unique shape. On the left, you’ll see other ditches that make up the ancient Fosso Burlamacca. Today, it ends up in Viareggio where larger boats can navigate.
In the Roman era, this area was identified with the terms ‘Papirianea’ moats, which indicated the hydraulic complex used for draining water from the marshland, as commissioned by Papiro.
The National Park ‘Migliarino San Rossore, Masacciuccoli’ safeguards the delicate lake ecosystem and its canals. In this moment, you’ll find yourself immersed in a natural oasis that needs to be protected and preserved. The area’s inhabitants are often timid and they like to preserve the tranquillity of their placid lake. Their most important goal is to preserve this small corner of paradise.