Why a Park visiting center at Villa Borbone – In collaboration with Legambiente Versilia
“Tenuta Borbone” (Borbone Estate) and “Macchia Lucchese” (mediterranean brush) represent, with the western pinewood, Viareggio’s two big green lungs. Where the western pinewood has become, with time, in all respects an urban park, “Tenuta Borbone” and Lucca’s Brush, known by the citizens of Viareggio as the eastern pinewood, have maintained unaltered many natural characters. These elements have allowed, for over thirty years, the area to be included within the boundaries of the Regional Park Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli. Considering the rich biodiversity present in some areas of the wood, the Park has found appropriate to establish two Natural Reserves, respectively called “Lecciona” and “Guidicciona”. This has the aim of protecting some endemic species of rare beauty that can be found walking along the paths. The importance of these areas has also been recognized by the institution of two Sites of Community Importance (S.I.C.) belonging to the network Natura2000.
In consideration of the places’ peculiarity, the Park and the local environmentalist associations, have established a visiting center, as a first step towards the creation of a true “Park’s door”, which is, a series of accommodation, as well as information, museum, and welcoming facilities etc. that will be able to ease the visiting and knowledge of “Tenuta Borbone” and “Macchia Lucchese”.
The visiting center is located within Villa Borbone, inserted within a very wide agricultural area, at about 1.5 Km from the sea, near the coastal wood. In addition, considering the presence of the marshland and Massaciuccoli Lake, behind “Tenuta Borbone”, it becomes quite clear which and how many potentials, from the naturalistic and environmental point of view, can be found in this territory for the development of naturalistic educational paths.