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Cecina River between Nature and Legend

A few km from Il Vecchio Mulino and Villa Fiorenzani you can take a half day or a full day excursion.

Looking around it would seem that these valleys have not changed much since the time of the Kaiknas, a powerful Etruscan family originating from nearby Velathri (today’s Volterra) who ruled over these lands and who bequeathed the name to the Cecina river. The hinterland of the Val di Cecina is one of the wildest and most intact areas of Tuscany: there are no shelters and there are few marked paths, the inhabited centers are small and isolated, nature has been the absolute master for almost two centuries, demonstrating considerable wealth of animals and plants.
This route is short and easy, suitable for everyone.
The forest is covered by a Mediterranean scrub of holm oak, strawberry tree, juniper, mastic, myrtle, field maple and majestic oaks; here live wild boars, roe deer, mouflons, porcupines, badgers, and even wolves, nocturnal and diurnal birds of prey.
But the undisputed protagonist of this excursion will be the Cecina river, with its natural pools and its fascinating legends.



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