Arnovecchio Nature Reserve

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The Arnovecchio nature reserve.

A nature reserve has been created between Empoli and Montelupo, in the area where the river Arno once flowed and where there is now a little lake frequented by migratory birds.  Thanks to the reclamation of the area, you can stroll by the lake and stop inside the little wooden huts for bird watching activities, or sit on a bench and enjoy the peace and quiet of the location. The itinerary includes a tactile route for the blind with explanations and placards in Braille.

It is also possible to see live images transmitted by webcam; various views can be chosen from the website:

This is a resource for nature enthusiasts and it is educational for schoolchildren, who may be able to see, with their own eyes, species including mallards, great cormorants, white herons, kingfishers, Eurasian sparrow hawks, kestrels, buzzards, western marsh harriers, little owls, tawny owls and other animals typical of these areas, like foxes, badgers and porcupines.

Opening hours:


from 1 to 28 February (excluding the period from mid-December to mid-January)

Saturday from 13:00 to 16:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00;


from 1 March to 30 June

Saturday from 15:00 to 18:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00;


from 1 to 30 September

Saturday from 13:00 to 19:00 and Sunday from 9:00 to 12:00;

Management of the area is entrusted to the following associations: Centro di Ricerca, Documentazione e Promozione del Padule di Fucecchio (Centre of Research, Documentation and promotion of the Padule di Fucecchio) and Legambiente Empolese Valdelsa (Environmentalist Association of Empoli Valdelsa).