Between the historical center of Cecina and its long sandy beach there is a wonderful Mediterranean pine forest. This is a protected area, known as the Natural Reserve Tombolo di Cecina, which extends for 15 km along the coast and which also includes some wild sandy dunes.
The pine forest of Cecina is considered as the “green lung” of the local coastal area, otherwise characterized by vast expanses of fields, vineyards and olive groves. The dense vegetation has become the refuge of many small mammals and of a great variety of birds.
The reserve is ideal for walking and hiking in nature on foot or by mountain bike. In fact, the pine forest is crossed by a dense network of trails and equipped with picnic areas perfect for short stops along the way. In summer it also becomes a cool shelter to spend the hottest hours of the day.
The Natural Reserve Tombolo di Cecina that we know today is actually work of man. It was the Grand Duke of Tuscany Leopoldo who, in 1839, promoted the growth of a forest that could protect local crops from the salty wind coming from the sea. This agricultural policy involved a good part of the Tuscan coast and was carried on for more than 70 years. The result is the beautiful Mediterranean pine forest of Cecina.