Lake Massaciuccoli is a coastal lagoon. Nowadays the lake is entirely a freshwater lake. This represents the most important wetland of Tuscany. The naturalistic path within the Nature Reserve consists of a wooden walkway on stilts for a length of about 800 meters. Short branches lead to the four observatories, two of which overlook the lake, the other two observatories overlook the reedbeds. At the end of the path you can reach an additional raised observatory and a characteristic "garden for butterflies".
The Nature Reserve also offers several possibilities of excursion on the water, by boat or in canoe. Due to its special location this is an exceptional place for migratory birds. The lake and nature reserve are home to many species in all seasons. Some of the interesting birds that can be seen are Osprey, European Marsh Harrier, Great Bittern, Little Bittern, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Great Reed Warbler, Moustached Warbler and Penduline Tit.
To get to the Reserve you need to travel the A12 Genoa-Livorno motorway and go out to the tollbooth of Pisa Nord. Just entered on the Aurelia turn immediately on the right in Via Traversagna and travel about 7 kilometers following the directions to Massaciuccoli and to the Reserve. You can park the car at the visitors centre. Click on the P in the map to get directions.