The Serchio River Park is an excellent example of the integration of a natural area with an urban environment. Just a stone’s throw from the city of Lucca, there is a usable space characterised by the clear water of the river and the lush vegetation that surrounds it.
The Park extends over a total of 250 hectares where it is possible to carry out a multitude of activities: from a peaceful walk or a rest on the terrace, named after a writer called Guglielmo Petroni from Lucca, to the trips on foot or horseback, by bike, canoe or kayak. There are also zones with recreational facilities to practice sports such as five-a-side soccer and archery, a bowling alley, the restaurant “tiro della forma” (ancient game of skill in throwing wheels of cheese), a horse-riding centre, model aeroplane and model car tracks and skateboarding areas.
The park is also home to Fattoria degli Albogatti that comprises an educational vegetable garden-orchard, an exhibition room and a multifunctional area, where the visitor can become better acquainted with the agricultural part of silk production in Lucca.
The Park is a perfect spectacle of beauty and colour, perfect for entering into contact with the seasonal expressions of nature. To certify the value of this space, the Minister of the Environment awarded the Municipality of Lucca the prize for sustainable cities in 2000 because the Park is an example of the integration of natural and man-made ecosystems.