The town of Santa Luce has been inhabited since the times of the Etruscans and the town’s present layout is that of the Medieval period, retaining the circular Castle and walled hamlet structure with two or three surrounding walls. In the town there are various churches, all from the Romanesque period: the oldest church is the Chiesa della Pieve, attested since 877. There are several wild life and artistic sites on the territory, in particular the Oasi LIPU Lago di Santa Luce (Santa Luce Lake wildlife sanctuary), the Pieve (parish church) and the Alabaster Ecomuseum. An interesting fact: every year the small neighbouring town of Pomaia becomes a meeting point for practising Buddhists and oriental philosophies enthusiasts that attend the courses held by the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, one of the most esteemed Buddhist centres in the West.
Inside the Santa Luce woods there are paths leading to the lake. Created in the 1960s as a water basin for the Solvay Chimica company, the lake has gradually attracted various species of migratory birds that find it an ideal place for a stop over and whose numbers increase year by year. Since the 1980s, the LIPU (Italian Bird Protection Association) has paid particular attention to this area, which in 2000 became the Provincial Nature Reserve. Here birdwatchers can catch a glimpse of woodpeckers, kestrels, owls, buzzards or encounter roe deer, fallow deer, porcupines and foxes.

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Geographical area
Colline Pisane

over 1.000

Distance from Pisa
42 km