Vecchiano: land of Venuleius. It is likely that the town’s name is a reference to Lucius Venuleius Apronianus Octavius Priscus, Roman Senator and Consul of Pisa in 123 CE, whose family owned these territories under Antoninus Pius. But the earliest records date back to the eighth century. It is mentioned as a vast hunting reserve that extended from Monte Pisano to the sea. It belonged to the Republic of Pisa and then came under the dominion of the Florentine Republic.
Of great interest are the remains of the castle-fortress of Avane, three kilometres from the town, a choice destination for experienced climbers.
In the direction of Lucca, the charming village of Filettole, with its characteristic Mozza Tower, marks the border between the two cities, which were once rivals. In the early 1900s, a waterworks was built in this area, replacing the sixteenth-century Medici aqueduct.
Many churches, villas and remains of castles or towers are scattered throughout the area. For example, Villa Salviati and the Migliarino complex are villas that served both for entertainment functions and as production centres for the farms’ agricultural work. Town centres in this area take a characteristic form, closely tied to the countryside. They consist of low houses with gardens and vegetable patches. The settlement was originally organized as still preserved today, with the buildings in rows, and open common spaces in the courtyards.
The whole territory’s identity is closely connected to olive growing. In fact, this is the beginning of the Strada dell’Olio del Monte Pisano, the “oil road” that stretches as far as Buti. From Vecchiano, moving towards the sea, we recommend a stop in Marina di Vecchiano within the 24,000-hectare Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Regional Park, which was created in 1979 for environmental protection. Stretching from the mouth of the Serchio to Torre del Lago Puccini, it is a natural area of wild beauty, fronted by a very dense pine forest home to numerous species of birds. The beach runs for four kilometers along sand dunes and Mediterranean scrub with endemic and often rare plants that perfume the air with their characteristic scents.

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Geographical area
Litorale pisano

over 12.000

Distance from Pisa
8 km