The lake, located in the southernmost part of the Sienese Val di Chiana, is only 4 km away from the old town city centre. This lovely stretch of water, together with the lake of Montepulciano, to which it is connected by a canal, represents what remains of the marshes that once covered the entire valley. Place of legends and traditions, the lake has had a primary importance in the history of the city of Chiusi, that has always argued its possession against Umbria. The two military defence towers of “Beccati Questo” (take this) and “Beccati Quello” (take that), both built in the narrowest point of the valley, prove the ancient rivalry between Tuscans and Umbrians, and still nowadays mark the limits of the two regions.
The lake, from a naturalistic point of view, holds a great relevance due to the numerous species of fish living in it, to the variety of plants, but most of all to the presence of many sedentary and migratory birds belonging to rare and protected species. It is a real paradise for those who love nature and bird-watching.
The lake is also one of the most remarkable places of interest along the Path of the Reclaimed Land, a bicycle and pedestrian path of 62 km, that joins Chiusi with Arezzo.
The path, completely flat, follows the river Chiana and goes through an extraordinary land rich in history, traditions and natural treasures.