The reserve of Montepulciano Lake

The Lake of Montepulciano is one of the 14 reserves of the system of nature reserves in the province of Siena. Is a lake basin formed by the Canale Maestro della Chiana, only tributary and outlet; located a short distance from the Lake of Chiusi and Lake Trasimeno, its southern shores mark the border between Tuscany and Umbria. The Lake of Montepulciano is also one of the most important wetlands of Central Italy and it is a protected nature reserve since 1996, when it was invested with the title of Reserve by the Tuscany regional authority, together with some adjoining farmland and part of the Canale Maestro della Chiana. The nature reserve covers about 300 hectares in the southern part of the municipality of Montepulciano. Birdwatchers are well aware of this Lake, because it is a major stopping point for birds migrating from African countries to Europe. Within the Reserve there are several species of birds, which use it for wintering and nesting. Not to be overlooked either fishing, since within the lake water are present parent species such as eel, Chub and stickleback, and introduced species such as Pike, carp and tench. The visitor centre "La Casetta" Natural Reserve Lago di Montepulciano, located near the Lake and trails surrounding it, can be easily reached both from Acquaviva that Valiano. Inside the center you can find educational material and information on the territory, as well as a museum that collects objects and artifacts found in the settlements of the area. There is also a seminar room that hosts exhibitions, seminars, workshops and an ongoing series of events throughout the year, as well as a food court and a large car equipped for campers. At the visitor centre you can book guided tours on the trails and boating excursions, to enjoy the nature area. The trail through part of the Reed ends with a lookout tower as well as bordering the pedestrian route that runs through the whole path of reclamation, the Chiana Valley from Chiusa dei Monaci di Arezzo to Chiusi Scalo. 2017 calendar of events at the visitor centre La Casetta – Reserve Lago di Montepulciano

  • 2 April: 9.00 A.m. opening to the public visitor centre "La Casetta" with a reserve activities: walks along the path of reclamation, guided tours with the solar electric boat, birdwatching, Mountain Bike Trail and permanent exhibitions: "history of reclamation" and "fossils and Molluscs della Valdichiana";
  • 8 April: from 17.00 Presentation at the Auditorium "La Casetta" of the book "ancient grains" from Gabriele Bindi. Following lunch with organic products;
  • 9 April: from 16.00 "soaps Reserve": workshop for children and adults to learn how to make homemade natural soaps while respecting the environment;
  • 17 April: from 8.00 "Festa Alla Casetta": a day dedicated to the traditional feast of Easter Monday with family activities and initiatives. Hours 15.00: opening of the new guest house "La Casetta"
  • 23 April: from 16.00 hours "Sunday": Day organized in collaboration with the Tuscan provinces Beekeepers Ass.ne.   Presentation of the training course for beekeeping and honey tasting.
  • 24 April: from 16.00 "Flora, Fauna and sports": an evening dedicated to the discovery of the reserve, through play activities by bicycle, boat and birding route.
  • 25 April: from 17.00 Presentation at the Auditorium "La Casetta" of the book "birds of Italy – etymological dictionary and fauna" by Mario Mallah. To follow walk along the path of reclamation to recognize the sounds of nature.
  • 28 April: from 18.00 "Aperi * bike – boat – Nordic Walking": every 4th Friday of the month with an activity of your choice to discover the Lake of Montepulciano and its paths and finally aperirelax;
  • 30 April: from 16.00 "health comes with eating" by dott.ssa Lauretta Massai: free presentation of courses to promote a healthy and tasty;
  • 7 may: from 16.00 hours "Children riding": flirtations with horse and horse riding in collaboration with the Associazione Equestre TRE LAGHI;
  • 10 may: from 14.00 "practical Meetings about Social Media and Web marketing": basic level course to use social also as a sales tool.
  • 13 may: 8.30 a.m. "Sport, nature and health": Pedestrian Walk along the ring cycle – sports oasis of Montepulciano Lake with organic breakfast at the visitor center;
  • 17 may: from 14.00 "practical Meetings about Social Media and Web marketing": progress: Local Strategies – activities and local businesses and finding new customers;
  • 19 may: from 19.00 2 Edition "samples of Lake": Aperitif with samples of freshwater fish and traditional country products;
  • 21 may: from 16.00 hours "the reserve of soaps": 2° Appointment to learn how to make homemade natural soaps while respecting the environment;
  • 24 May: from 14.00 "practical Meetings about Social Media and Web marketing": intermediate course on tricks and "secrets" to sell more through social.
  • 28 may: 12.00 a.m. 3° Edition "picnic by the world": prepares a dish in your area and share it with others in a single table to enjoy the flavors of the world;
  • 31 May: from 14.00 "practical Meetings about Social Media and Web marketing": the course about managing an online booking system, now what?
  • 2 June: 8.00 a.m. "7° Eco-tour of Montepulciano Lake": Footrace in collaboration with the Associazione Chianina Running;
  • 3-4 June: from 17.00 "the Amphitheatre of straw": visitors can watch theatrical performances in the garden of the visitor center while sitting on an audience made with straw presses;
  • 11 June: 9.00 a.m. "the oasis of artists": day dedicated to art in General, poetry and painting with impromptu local artists;
  • 18 June: from 17.0 "summer camps at Lago di Montepulciano": presentation of the weekly schedule of summer camps for children aged 6 to 12 years scheduled for July;
  • 25 June: from 17.00 to "Walk" in the reserve: the afternoon is dedicated to a practical demonstration of the activities scheduled during summer camps.   Laboratories handling, riding, beekeeping and fishing lessons;
  • 30 June: from 18.00 "Aperi * bike-boat-Nordic Walking: every 4th Friday of the month with an activity of your choice to discover the Lake of Montepulciano and its paths and finally aperirelax;
  • 28 July: from 18.00 "Aperi Bici-boat-Nordik Walking": every 4th Friday of the month with an activity of your choice to discover the Lake of Montepulciano and its paths and finally aperirelax;
  • 14 August: "Laurentian Party under the stars": Aperitif and guided walk under the stars.
  • 25 August: from 18.00 "Aperi * bike-boat-Nordik Walking": every 4th Friday of the month with an activity of your choice to discover the Lake of Montepulciano and its paths and finally aperirelax;
  • 24 September: "clean up the Lake": In conjunction with the clean up the world event, we dedicate this day with the collaboration of various environmental groups to clean up the Lake and laboratories with development on the themes of recycling.
  • 29 September from 18.00 "Aperi * bike-boat-Nordik Walking": every 4th Friday of the month with an activity of your choice to discover the Lake of Montepulciano and its paths and finally aperirelax;
  • 01, 08, 15, 22 October: "Sundays Natur & Art": workshops and conferences, nature and environmental screenings

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