Excursions in Val di Cecina
There are several ways to appreciate the charm of Val di Cecina, its landscapes and villages that peep out from its hills. One of these is to ride it by bike, taking advantage of the different cycling routes that wind through the valleys.
Starting from Pomarance, you can take a long route (over 50 km) through the villages of Libbiano, Micciano and among the woods of the Nature Reserve of Monterufoli-Caselli. Along the way, you will also have the opportunity to go along "the itinerary of villages and castles", which will give you the opportunity to visit two other small towns of great charm: Lustignano and Serrazzano.
Or you can decide to take the road from Pomarance to Montegemoli, which offers splendid views of the village of Micciano and Libbiano, as well as Volterra in the distance.
Another very interesting route is the one that from Pomarance goes towards the river Cecina, crossing panoramic viewpoints of the valley, with views of Volterra and Montecatini Val di Cecina.
A tour among the Nature Reserves
If you are a nature lover, the territory of Pomarance and Val di Cecina offers very suggestive routes to immerse yourself in the lush woods of these lands. The Monterufoli-Caselli Forest Nature Reserve is the largest natural area in the whole of Tuscany. 4828 hectares of woods of considerable landscape importance, due to their state of conservation and great biodiversity.
There are numerous marked trails to discover this area. From the Villa di Monterufoli, a historic building located in the center of the reserve, start, for example, several paths to do on foot, by bike or even on horseback.
In Alta Val di Cecina, between Pomarance and Volterra, there is the Berignone Forest Nature Reserve. Over two thousand hectares of woods and a rich wildlife, including porcupines, badgers, beech martens and hares, characterize this area.
Right among these hills man has found refuge since ancient times. Today you can still admire the ruins of two medieval fortresses: the Castle of the Bishops and the Castle of Luppiano.
The paths to enter this fantastic ecosystem are well signposted, allowing you to learn about the history and life of the reserve thanks to educational panels scattered along the streets!