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.

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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.

Cecina River

Strolla Stream

Pavone Stream

Sterza River

Adio Stream

Cornia River

Sellate Stream

Fosci Stream

Ritasso Stream

Trossa Stream

Era River

Lovely rivers and streams

Adventure and nature along the waterways in Valdicecina

Routes and suggestions

Ideas for walking and hiking

The Botticella Mines and the Trossa stream


DISCOVER THE ROUTE

Route type: on foot
Length: 7,989 Km
Difficulty: for expert hikers

The Trossa stream and the Farneta strut


DISCOVER THE ROUTE

Route type: on foot
Length: 6,577 Km
Difficulty: for hikers

The Caselli waterfall and the Renzano forest


DISCOVER THE ROUTE

Route type: on foot
Length: 8,141 Km
Difficulty: for hikers

The Trossa valley and the cliffs of Frontosini


DISCOVER THE ROUTE

Route type: on foot
Length: 8,520 Km
Difficulty: for expert hikers

A small amazing valley

Discover the magic of an uncontaminated land in the heart of Tuscany

Consorzio Turistico Volterra Valdicecina Valdera S.c.r.l.
Via Franceschini, 34 - 56048 Volterra (PI) - PIVA 0130834050
Operation/Project allocated within the framework of the POR FESR Tuscany 2014-2020