Take a breath of fresh air on this easy bike route.
Departure: ViareggioArrival: Belvedere G. Puccini, Massaciuccoli Lake
Road surface: asphalt (unpaved on one section)
You can begin this itinerary at any point along the Fausto Coppi bike path, which runs the entire length of the coastal road of Viareggio. Head south towards the canal port. The bike path ends at Burlamacca canal. Turn left along Via R. Pilo to Piazza Manzoni. Turn right and cross the bridge onto Via Oberdan and continue towards the Viale dei Tigli. Here you have entered the Lucchese Brush, known as the Pineta di Levante, which is part of the Regional Park of Migliarino - San Rossore - Massaciuccoli. Continue along the right hand side of the boulevard (Viale) on the bike path, in the direction of Torre del Lago Puccini. On the left you'll find a number of campsites. Also on the left, in the middle of the boulevard, you'll see the gate to the park of the Villa Borbone, which was constructed for Maria Luisa di Borbone, Duchess of Lucca.
At the end of Viale dei Tigli turn right along the bike path, which runs parallel to Viale Kennedy inside the pinewood. At the end of the bike path, 300m before the round about near the Marina, cross Viale Kennedy and follow the paved road on the left, which leads to Marina di Vecchiano. Following this road, through the pine trees, dunes and untouched flora, you arrive at Marina di Vecchiano. A small wood round about signals the centre of the Marina. This is a great point to stop and learn more about the local flora from the educational panels.The park has also set up educational panels about local animals that you may come across. From this small roundabout, looking north, there is a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside and the Apuan Alps. Here you are at the border of the property of the Duca Salviati family, a 3,000 hectare estate that extends to the sea. Take the asphalt road heading south and you will arrive, after a few kilometres, at the mouth of the Serchio River.
Returning towards the Marina di Vecchiano, continue towards Torre del Lago Puccini. When you arrive at Viale Kennedy cross it and, staying on the right, continue along the full length of Viale Europa until you arrive at the bar that marks the end of the boulevard and the beginning of the Eastern Marina of Viareggio. A number of prestigious restaurants line the boulevard and on the left a stunning view of the dunes leads down to the sea. Returning towards Viale dei Tigli, at the first traffic light on the left, you have two options: return to Viareggio or continue along Viale Marconi, crossing the centre of the town of Torre del Lago Puccini, and take Viale G. Puccini to the lookout spot on Massaciuccoli Lake. The Villa-Mausoleum of the composer Puccini is open year-round.
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