Tomboli di Cecina Nature Reserve
Approximately 15 km of uncontaminated green strait between the white beaches and the Maremma countryside, the Tomboli di Cecina Nature Reserve extends for 430 hectares, varying its width between 100 m and 600 m. The village of Marina di Cecina delimits the vast coastal forest in two zones, otherwise without interruption, the Tombolo Settentrionale and the Tombolo Meridionale. The vegetation goes up to the edge of the sand where there are natural dunes that reach even 6-7 m.
The history of the forest begins at the behest of the Grand Duke Leopoldo who in 1839 decided to build, at his expense, a wood to protect the crops behind the coast from the sea winds. In 1859 there was therefore a beautiful wild pine forest, in that year the green area was also assigned to the State Forestry Administration who engaged in the work of enhancement and in continuing the afforestation by extending the forest to reach the today’s extension.
Its original function is still very precious, but this has been added a recreational function and attraction for tourism.
Visitors are offered educational tours to teach the importance of respecting vegetation and researchers are given the opportunity to conserve plant biodiversity.
Near the sea grow plants purely halophilous (ie suitable for salinity conditions given by marine winds) while in the interior there are several species of junipers. Further penetrating is a strip of maritime pines and small shrubs that serves as protection for the remaining domestic pines. Unfortunately, this first strip, about 20 m wide, is disappearing, leaving the most delicate trees visible on the sea.
In the undergrowth are found low species typical of the Mediterranean vegetation to which are added plants of privet, elicriso, European evonym. In winter, large areas are colored with the shades of cyclamen, especially in the South Tombolo.
Despite the limited width of the green area, the Tomboli di Cecina represent the ideal habitat for stopping and reproducing some animal species. It is easy to come across rabbits, squirrels, hedgehogs and porcupines, other mammals are the fox and the weasel. Among the birds are many forest and nesting species that stop here especially in summer, while wintering in winter instead. Among the insects one cites in particular the lepidopteran and the beetle. Reptiles and amphibians are also very widespread.
Inside the Tomboli di Cecina educational tours have been set up from the obligatory route, such as the Arboretum frequented in particular by the schools and provided with descriptions of the most representative plant species. There are also trails suitable for trekking, walking, running sports: a true paradise for lovers of outdoor excursions.
La Buca del Gatto Hotel is fortunate to find itself immersed in this relaxing and healthy environment, which is committed to respecting its rhythms and delicate balance in order to guarantee this genetic patrimony to future generations. In return, he receives the chance to bear the unique aromas and aromas derived from the combination of marine winds and the smells of plants and flowers in the pinewood.
It is a magical place that gives fresh sensations of relaxation and well-being, if we add to this the services offered inside the Hotel turns into the ideal paradise for your family holidays on the Etruscan Coast.