Riserva Naturale Lago di Montepulciano

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Riserva Naturale Lago di Montepulciano

Riserva Naturale Lago di Montepulciano
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Epsom, UK984 contributions
Pretty place to enjoy nature
Aug 2020
This nature reserve is a lovely place in which to immerse yourself in nature. There are trails to explore, whether on foot or by bike and a great little visitors centre with friendly staff, which also serves cold drinks and ice creams. We spent a lovely couple of hours here checking out the birdlife. It was a shame however, that the observation tower was closed.
Written October 31, 2020
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HertfordshirePeewee
Hertfordshire19 contributions
Nice trip.
Jul 2018 • Couples
Pretty lake to visit for a drive through visit. Watch out for bugs if you go later in the day as you will be bitten.
Written August 1, 2018
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Belle0303
Brooklyn, NY241 contributions
Great bike ride to peaceful lake
Jun 2017
We had a wonderful scenic bike ride to this lake. It was a great place to stop and view the beauty. It was so peaceful and very picturesque.
There is a restaurant nearby but it was closed that day so I recommend checking to make sure it's open if you want to stay for food/drink.
Written June 10, 2017
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,180 contributions
A nice, relaxing way to spend half a day.
May 2016 • Friends
The Great Swamp (in prehistoric times it was a real sea) which occupied some centuries ago the whole Val di Chiana, left as the two main relics the Chiusi and Montepulciano"lakes" (actually, large ponds).
Unlike the nearby and similar Chiusi lake (more oriented as merely recreational area), the Montepulciano lake is constituted as natural reserve: navigation and fishing by boats (electric) are only allowed to the inhabitants of neighboring municipalities (the other people, if authorized, can fish also, but only from the shore); a large boat (also electric) allows the tourist navigation, for a fee (8 euro for 50 minutes), and it's aimed to observation of animals and plants into the lake, but - AFAIK - only on Sunday afternoon.
Instead, the Visitor Center (which has also an adjoining small dining spot and a nice gazebo) is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10-19: it consists of an educational exhibit on the lake's past and present, assuming both natural and cultural point of view. The exhibition is free, as is free to follow the walking trails around the lake.
Some of these trails coincide with the so-called "Sentiero della Bonifica" (Reclamation Path), bicycle and pedestrian path more than 60 km long, that cuts the entire Valdichiana, from Arezzo to Chiusi, and can be run by arriving and leaving by train from/to the stations of those cities.
The Visitor Center itself isn't instead connected by public transport, and can be reached only through an unpaved road (fairly well signposted) which breaks off from the no. 454 highway, Montepulciano - Castiglione del Lago.
The lake is home to birds both resident and migratory. It was explained by our boat guide that in the winter there are here species which in summer move to the Northern Europe, while in summer it's inhabited by some species that spend the winter in Africa. So in spring and autumn both kinds of birds can be present.
In our boat tour (late May) we could look a purple heron (a not common presence, we were told), a marsh harrier, coots, grebes, cormorants.
In short, a visit to the Montepulciano lake is a nice, relaxing way to spend half a day.
Written May 31, 2016
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Lauretta Pianigiani
Florence, Italy151 contributions
Very nice and original
Jan 2016 • Family
You can rent a bike and tour the lake on that. Sometimes it is possible to do a boat tour. Pls enquire in advance
Written February 9, 2016
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Onlygoodfoods
Bologna, Italy422 contributions
unmissable
May 2015 • Couples
Natural environment typical and characteristic, indeed unique, really looks like a postcard. You can fish. Recommended comfortable clothing.
Written September 20, 2015
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Fabio C
Rome, Italy54 contributions
For birdwatching lovers
Feb 2015 • Couples
Try the electric boat on the lake (not always available, you have to check with the WWF people). If the season is right, a lor of interesting birdwatching.
Written June 24, 2015
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