Places of excellence, dedicated to biodiversity and sustainable tourism.
The Diaccia Botrona Natural Reserve represents the last part of the marshes of Castiglione della Pescaia and covers an area of 3145 acres.
The Diaccia Botrona Reserve is among the most important areas of Tuscany for wintering and migration of many species of waterfowl, waders, the elegant pink flamingos, and nesting of herons and the Marsh Harrier.
The Diaccia Botrona is a classified wetland of International Importance (Ramsar wetlands convention), a real “gene bank” that contributes greatly to the maintenance of biodiversity. The Diaccia Botrona Nature Reserve and the whole town of Castiglione della Pescaia are places of excellence, dedicated to biodiversity and sustainable tourism; a fine combination of nature, history and culture.
The Natural Reserve Visitor Center was created as a reception forinformation, reservations, Boat tours and educational activities departure point. The Multimedia Museum Visitor Center has been created in the beautiful Casa Rossa Ximenes (iconic structure of Maremma’s Reclamation) designed in 1765 by the distinguished Jesuit mathematician Leonardo Ximenes by will of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo of Lorena. Today’s Multimedia Museum (designed by the Physicist Paco Lanciano and his Mizar s.r.l.) offers a tour in two sections, developing in each of the two Museum’s floors.
How to get to:
Go to Castiglione della Pescaia, through the Road No. 3 of the Marshes or the National Road No. 322 Collacchie, you must reach the Giorgini bridge spanning the river Bruna. Here we turn away from the sea and continue along the paved road that runs parallel to the river. After about 2 km you reach the parking area of the Nature Reserve Diaccia Botrona.
Natural Reserve Visitor Center – Casa Rossa Ximenes
From June 15th to September 15th: Everyday (except Monday) from 4 pm to 8.30 pm
From September 16th to March 31th: Thursday to Sunday from 3 pm to sunset
From April 1st to June 14th: Thursday to Sunday from 3.30 pm to 7 pm
Tickets for Multimedia Museum:
€ 2,50. Free entrance for children up to 6 years
Opening times Diaccia Botrona Reserve
From June 15th to September 15th: every days (except Monday).
Scheduled departures: at 5 pm and 6.30 pm (Reservation required)
*Possibili variazioni (integrazioni) nel mese di agosto (o in periodi di forte affluenza)
*Su richiesta visite guidate al mattino
From September 16th to June 14th: only by appointment with a minimum of 5 paying participants or equivalent.
Tickets for Diaccia Botrona Reserve:
Adults: € 12.00
Small groups and over 65 years: € 10.00
Children: age 5 to 14 years: € 6.00
Guided excursions by foot or mountain bikes
Nature photography workshops
Organization of Cultural Events
In the Natural Reserve Diaccia Botrona there is free pathway (No. 31 or RET 010). Total length about 14 km, accessible from sunrise to sunset.
Crossing the metal bridge adjacent to the Red House you can find two interesting point of view:
– Using the ladder you will be able to get on the bridge stone arches (Manetti Bridge) to enjoy a splendid view over the whole swamp;
– Following the wooden walkway (under the first arch of the bridge Manetti) you will reach a hut, observation point (OP Red House).
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