RIVERS AND STREAMS
Between green and blue
Crystal clear waters mark the valley, with their constant singing: between the thick green a waterfall surprises you!
Fresh and gurgling waters, clear natural pools and waterfalls: this is what Cecina river and a lot of others streams give us, in their race towards the nearby Tyrrhenian Sea. But not only: the secluded valleys – accessible thanks to a dense network of well-marked paths – created by the centuries-old course of the waters, offer protection to animals and plants in uncontaminated habitats, where biodiversity reigns supreme…
What to visit
It is undoubtedly worth to visit those areas, mainly inside the boundaries of the Nature Reserves, which are characterized by the beauty of the landscape and also for the numerous geological, Faunal and botanical aspects which a careful visitor can grasp and appreciate. Through marked paths, it is possible to reach the most precious and secret sections of the entire valley: among these, there is torrent Adio, Ritasso, Pavone, Strolla, Fosci and the most characteristic points in terms of nature of Sterza, Trossa and River Cecina, which preserve intact, examples of riparian vegetation and fluvial eco-systems.
Valdicecina is undoubtedly connected to the presence of River Cecina as it was in the past, and certainly not only for its name. It is a land rich of water streams that undergo periods of extended summer drought, a valley with torrents of high natural character and spectacularity.
Any visitor, when walking along the Valley, will be immediately astonished by those water streams that basically remained untouched up until today: the vegetation that surrounds torrents, the spectacular ophiolite rocks and imposing lacustral settlements that face some water streams, render the landscape extremely varied, rich and certainly pleasant for anybody who takes excursions in Valdicecina, even for the first time.
The spring of River Cecina is located in the province of Grosseto, in Cornate di Gerfalco, at about 812 m of altitude. It runs through the Province of Siena until it flows in torrent Pavone, up to the Province of Pisa at very few km from the mouth. During the last tract, it reaches the coastal plain on the province of Livorno, running a length of about 79 km in the main section. It mainly boasts a torrential character alternated to periods of drought in the summer time. On the left bank, Cecina takes water from torrents Trossa, Pavone and Sterza while on the right bank, it receives water from torrents Fosci, Cortolla, Lupicaia.
Northern of Volterra, there are the springs and the initial tract of River Era, affluent of Arno, while on the southern side of the area, the watershed of river Cornia begins.
The hydrography also reflects the geology and geomorphology of the entire area: where the clay deposits of miocene and pliocene prevail, the landscape is characterized by soft hills, alternated to rural areas, while the areas characterized by the most ancient rocky sub-layer are distinguished by steep hills and deep incisions.