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Pisan mountains

The Pisan Mountain, now commonly called "Pisan Mountains" understood as the whole extent of the mountainous system, is in Tuscan, and seems put to divide a plain and two town, Pisa and Lucca.


Pisa mountainsThe Pisan Mountain, now commonly called "Pisan Mountains" understood as the whole extent of the mountainous system, is in Tuscan, and seems put to divide a plain and two town, Pisa and Lucca, they are touched by two rivers, the Serchio, and Arno.

The Pisan Mountains occupy a territory form vaguely oval lengthened, extending from S/E To N/O, for a length of 20 km, with a width of 10 Km. In the group distinguish for height: Mt. Faeta 831 m., Spuntone of S. Allago 870 m., Mt. Serra 917 m., Mt. Pruno 876 m., and Mt. Verruca 537 m., that erect to fan, forming a valley turned to South, said "Valgraziosa". In the group also exist several types of habitats given by the different exposure to the sun during the day, from the Lucchese side To N/E, find an undergrowth and a damper microclimate, instead from the Pisan side to S/O, affected also from the closeness of the sea have an environment more sunny and dry. In the zones of low share of all the mountainous chain the vineyards are diffuse, then passes to the terrazzamenti of olives, and in the highest shares are extensive: chestnuts wood, coppices of beech and oak, alternated to extensive pinewoods. Even though in the last decades the number of the violent waste fires has increased and evil the nature, of which, still we see the signs, the group still preserves unchanged his big ambient value. Is present a little zone of Larico pine, of which the origin has not been understood yet. Maybe are little fragments of far epoches, in which the kind was more diffuse.

Monti Pisani : VerruchinoHistory
The historians and geologists think that the group of the Pisan Mountains is one of the mountainous formations most ancient of Italy. The clues most remote of that are "the Scisti of S. Lorenzo ", ( coal permo age, about 280 million of years ) that are on the Cotrozzi mt., formed during the said geological era Paleozoic or primary ( stones appearing also in the core of the Apuane Alps ). In particular in the Scisti of S. Lorenzo a rich fossil flora has been found. The type of vegetation, the amount and the level of his development makes think of a climate decidedly tropical, hot damp, what supported an development of flourishing forests with floras prevalently swampy (Lycopodial and Equisetum) in wet environments and lagoon. Subsequently the mountains became one among the few "atolls" in the pliocenic period, when the central Italy was covered, for most from water. Their formation would have happened, with a first lifting phase followed by a second sinking phase, this is the because of some there lean on the plain. Part of mountains, above all the piedmont South-west part, is constituted of calcareous roccie, fact that it has allowed the formation of cavities become caverns in various cases more or not extensive. To notice than for the geological science exists a rock, called Verrucana which has really taken the name from the Verruca mountain that one finds in the Pisan mt. (in top rises the ruin of an ancient fortress) and that it distinguishes him for his presence.
The mountain's anthropic presence is begun in much remote epoches in fact, thanks to the first spelaeological explorations of the cave led by the half of the eight hundred, paleontologic and paleo-ethnologic fossil of the superior Paleolith have been found, ever since however the biggest frequentation, has had herself above all to South, in the Calci zone, before the Etruscan ones, from apuani or Ligurians, because the valley was supplied with all one what of better the nature could still offer: shelter, water, game, woods. Later, after the Etruscan, came Romans, what as precedents used the calcareous stone of the Pisan Mountains to do lime, and being near of Arno and also of the sea at that epoch, to deal in it in the Mediterranean sea, as we know from the findings of the Roman ships under the station trains of Pisa S. Rossore. To the dawnings of the Christian cult, the zone was identified as ideal place for the retirement and the prayer. This gave the start to the building of various churches, orators, parishes, allowing the development of the main country: Calci.

Monti Pisani : Verruchino e VerrucaExcursion
The Pisan Mountains thanks to a far colonization of the man and to a limited surface are strewed with paths, muletracks, cartways, roads for the fireproof road service, without considering private roads by now in disuse and deserted paths. Thanks to this net of ways is possible to covering them in long and wide during all the year, thanks also the meek climatic conditions. So to be able to explore and to know the environment, and admire the natural beauties they can offer to the excursionist. The valley called "pretty valley", which is turned at the sea, and is covered at the shoulders by the Pisan mountain, is strewed with ways which so short or long, they always introduce with splendid views, furthermore the crossed resorts, are interesting both under the point of naturalistic view, ambient, historical, artistic and social economics. The valley is wound prevalently along two torrents, the Zambra of Calci and the Zambra of Montemagno, which, thanks to the energy which owns his water, make go the wheels of beyond a hundred watermills, oil mills and other factory in the valley, even if it is possible to see some signs also today. The departure point for the various routes is generally the council place of Calci. The tourist that covers the paths of our mountains, it will find some signs coloured of white and red on the ground, which has been realized by the section of Pisa of the Italian Alpine Club in cooperation with the provincial administration of Pisa and the six interested councils.
Monti Pisani : Lucca e la Piana di LuccaThe system of signs consists of red white signs on the ground, some which with its numeration, according to the rules adopted by CAI in compliance with the Tuscany Area. Furthermore, indicative and informative notices are present, along the ways and in the lived centers from where these branch out. The system of signs net leans to an axial way or -0-0-, that is managed by the CAI of Pisa, while the other ways are managed by the common individuals; this are marked by one or two digits preceded from zero, to differentiate them from whats CAI directly manages in other mountainous groups.
Ways on the Pisan Mountains are divided into enclosures or "rings", from -01- to -08-, and open or of connector, from -010-to -045-. The maintenance and the signalling of these ways are ensured in the time by the corporations mentioned below, while as regards all the other paths it is not instead possible ensure the practicability state. For example many historical muletracks, a time very frequented, are today unobtainable, narrow paths and also a some cartways if not frequented and cleaned up whithin little time he to cover with branches completely with briers or brooms, in the dirt roads deep furrows can be produced by the rain waters.


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Accommodations in the area


    • Lucca (Lucca)

    Historic Villa Lucca 12 beds pool

    Historic villa 14 km from the center of Lucca immersed in the green of the Tuscan vineyards and olive groves, it has a private swimming pool and a large park.
    Set on 350 square meters in a dominant position offers a unique view of the hills of Tuscany.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 14 km from Pisan mountains

    Stone Farmhouse Massarosa 8 beds pool

    Stone farmhouse in typical Tuscan style skilfully and elegantly renovated in a dominant position on the hills of Massarosa with spectacular views that reach the sea of Tuscany. The farmhouse has a swimming pool with whirlpool.
    Perfect solution for those that search the real authentic Tuscany staying in the hills but not far from the Versilia sea.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 17 km from Pisan mountains

    Farmhouse Massarosa 14 beds pool

    Beautiful ancient Tuscan farmhouse completely renovated located on Tuscan hills 10 km from the golf course of Versilia. The villa can accommodate up to 14 people.
    An oasis of peace for those looking for a stay in the Tuscan hills while staying close to the sea. Perfect for a relaxing holiday in close contact with nature.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 20 km from Pisan mountains

    Villa Pieve di Camaiore 8 beds pool

    Luxury and charming villa with swimming pool for rent surrounded by the green hills of Camaiore not far from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
    The villa is ideal for those looking for an oasis of absolute peace and relaxation guaranteed by the elevated position and the external fence in style.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 21 km from Pisan mountains

    Restored Farmhouse Camaiore 9 beds pool

    Beautiful fully restored farmhouse located on the hills of Camaiore. The villa is surrounded by a park of 2500 square meters in which is inserted the beautiful pool.
    Thanks to the dominant position on the valley from the farmhouse you can enjoy a beautiful 360 ° panoramic view.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 21 km from Pisan mountains

    Villa Massarosa 10 beds pool

    Beautiful and spacious villa in the countryside located in the hills of Versilia, 3 km from the golden beaches of the Tuscan coast with private pool and park.
    Perfect solution to stay in the green hills of Tuscany, 3 km from the golden beaches of Versilia

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 21 km from Pisan mountains

    Villa Prato di Sopra Camaiore 10 beds pool

    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.
    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 21 km from Pisan mountains

    Villa Camaiore Hills 7 beds pool

    Wonderful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery, tranquility and privacy of the Pieve di Camaiore about 10 km from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
    The villa has all the comforts necessary to ensure an unforgettable stay in Tuscany and is the ideal solution for small groups up to 7 people who want to stay in the countryside but not far from the sea of Versilia.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 21 km from Pisan mountains

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Villa located 3 km from the center of Camaiore in a quiet and sunny position 10 km from Tuscan sea.
    Ideal for those looking for a villa accommodation on the hills of Versilia a few miles from Tuscan sea.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 22 km from Pisan mountains

    Residenza d'Epoca I Pini

    Historical house HOTEL I PINI : In Lido di Camaiore in Tuscany 100 meters from the sea only, a place of serenity and charm in Versilia!
    The Residenza d'Epoca HOTEL I PINI is an ancient villa in 1900 in Liberty style, completely renovated which still has all the charm of the residence of the painter / Ceramist Galileo Chini.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 23 km from Pisan mountains

    Villa Lido di Camaiore 9 beds pool

    Detached villa with pool and annex in Lido di Camaiore in the heart of Versilia. The beaches of Lido di Camaiore are just 1.5 km away.
    Ideal solution to stay in a villa in Lido di Camaiore.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 24 km from Pisan mountains

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Amazing villa in rustic Tuscan style located on the hills of Versilia with a large park with swimming pool.
    Thanks to its elevated position you can enjoy a fantastic view that sweeps up to the sea of Versilia.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 24 km from Pisan mountains

    Countryhouse Camaiore 16 beds pool

    Ancient and charming country house located in Camaiore on the Tuscan hills and just 10 km from the sea of Versilia.
    The villa is the ideal solution for those looking for a solution of typical Tuscan charm and in a position of absolute tranquility and relaxation.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 24 km from Pisan mountains

    Farmhouse Camaiore 10 beds pool

    Beautiful farmhouse in typical Tuscan style, carefully restored, set in the green hills of Tuscany, surrounded by olive trees and a large garden where the beautiful swimming pool is located.
    The ideal solution to spend your holidays in the green Tuscan hills in a location of absolute privacy and relaxation. The sea of the Tuscan coast is about 10 km away. Inside the villa there is a small spa.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 25 km from Pisan mountains

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Prestigious villa for rent on the Hills of Camaiore with a unique position and a panoramic view that extends from the surrounding hills to the sea of Versilia.
    The large park in which the beautiful panoramic pool is expertly set gives this exclusive residence a characteristic of absolute privacy and relaxation.

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