Camping Europa is in Torre del Lago, inside the Migliarino San Rossore Park. It’s just a few metres from the sandy beaches of the Marina of Torre del Lago on the coast of Versilia which for many years has had a blue flag.
The Versilia area not only offers long beaches and much entertainment, but its inland also has many important historical and cultural sites to visit in different cities for example Camaiore or Pietrasanta, nicknamed “little Athens”. Viareggio has a beautiful promenade and liberty style architecture. It’s only about 4 km from the campground and is home to the Carnival during January/February and attracts thousands of tourists with its allegorical floats and masquerades. During the summer (July/August) there is the Festival Pucciniano in Torre del Lago, Puccini’s home where he lived and composed many of his operas. The theatre is open and one of the symbols of opera in Italy. It seats more than 3000 and is located on the edge of Lake Massaciuccoli, very close to the villa where the composer lived. It has become a museum and is open to the public.
Easily accessible from Campeggio Europa, the Migliarino San Rossore Park hosts hiking and mountain biking trails. The park is between Viareggio and Leghorn, and has forestland and coastal regions with sand dunes, and agricultural areas which host wild fauna. It is undeniably a natural wildlife area: guided walking tours, horse and horse and carriage rides along the trails of the park or birdwatching along the wooden walkways of Lake Massaciuccoli built by Lipu, an environmental and birdlife recovery education centre. The excursions in the marine park are organized by “Cetus”: the first centre in Tuscany for the observation and study of cetaceans and they offer daily cruises or weekend trips to discover the dolphins. In the Migliarino San Rossore Park there is also the Apuan Park with its majestic mountain range and famous for the extraction of marble and hiking trails. It is a unique territory with calcium rich mountains protecting the subsoil from phenomena of karst origin for example the Cave of Corchia, the deepest abyss in Italy or the Grotta del Vento, the second most popular attraction.
Must see tourist attractions: Pisa and Lucca: let yourself be charmed by the city of 100 churches, which has the best conserved walls in Europe, and is considered the medieval jewel of Tuscany. Pisa is situated along the Arno River which boasts fantastic views and many different squares like Piazza dei Cavalieri and the most famous “Piazza dei Miracoli” a Unesco heritage site. For children, just a few kilometres from Lucca, there is Collodi, the town from the fairy tale “Pinocchio” and Pinocchio Park, Villa Garzoni and the Butterfly House with tropical butterflies!
Nearby there are also opportunity for relaxation and wellness in the spas of San Giuliano Terme (Bagni di Pisa) or Monsummano Terme.
One of the fundamental aspects of this territory is the wine and food: the Lucchesia is famous for its wine country which is found within the hills between Montecarlo and Lucca. Wines have been produced there since the 15th century. They are recognized by the label “DOC delle Colline lucchesi” and “DOC Montecarlo”. As for the speciality dishes of Tuscan cuisine such as soups, pastas, cold cuts, and cheeses, they can all be enjoyed in the small shops and restaurants of the towns of the area.
Possible excursions nearby: Cinque Terre (60 km), accessible during the summer by boat from Viareggio, Carrara and its hundreds of marble caves (40 km), Garfagnana with beautiful views and characteristic towns (60 km). During high season, there are various sailing companies that organize day trips to the Tuscan archipelago (Gorgona, Pianosa, Capraia and Elba Island) with departures from Leghorn or Castiglione della Pescaia. More information can be requested at reception.
– Collodi, Villa Garzoni e Parco di Pinocchio, Butterfly house
– Museo di Storia Naturale di Calci (dinosauri, acquari, minerali, scheletri di balena)
– Pineta di Ponente di Viareggio (il nostro Paese dei Balocchi)
– Parco avventura sugli alberi a Ronchi e Marina di Pisa
– Acquario di Livorno
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