The Oasi Lipu del Lago di Massaciuccoli is a huge protected nature reserve in Massarosa near Viareggio. One of the biggest attractions are the wooden walkways over the water that lead to perfectly camouflaged cabins from where you can observe the lake and its birds.
Oasi Lipu di Massaciucoli Massarosa
Address: Via del Porto, 154 -55054 Massarosa. Phone: +39 0584 975567. Opening hours: From 09.00 till 19.00. Entrance fee: free.
What to see and do
The lake is considered one of Italy’s best places for bird-watching. There are bitterns, ducks, grebes, cormorants, coots, herons and also birds of prey such as the falcon.
The Ecological Museum of the Swamp is part of the reserve. It is also possible to rent row boats canoes and kayaks.
LIPU stands for Lega Italiana per la Protezione di Uccelli (“Italian League for the Protection of Birds”). The entrance to the lake is in the frazione Massaciuccoli, which is part of the city of Massarosa. Lake Massaciuccoli and the swamp lands surrounding it are part of the Parco Naturale di Migliarino – San Rossore.