Tuscany is well known for being a magical place, full of delightful things to eat and enjoy. Near Volterra, more precisely between Saline di Volterra and Pomarance, there is a beautiful natural reserve, called Berignone that holds a wild, idyllic landscape.
Here, the river Cecina offers a kind of natural swimming pool with lots of small waterfalls around two meters high… a true paradise surrounded by plants and big stones.
The name “Masso delle Fanciulle” means “Ladies’ rock” and it comes from an ancient legend: three girls, trying to escape from the excessive attention of a local gentleman, came across these bushes and thought to save themselves by jumping into the water, but unfortunately they died.
A happier version of the story tells instead that it is simply the place where young women used to secretly bathe.
If you want to immerse yourself even more in nature and you are not afraid to go off the beaten track, you can decide to walk, or rather, swim, and go up the river. At the end of the trail, you can continue in the water until you find “Masso degli Specchi” (literally, the stone of mirrors), named for the fantastic effect of the water reflecting on the rocks making them almost like mirrors.
Known only by the locals, but rather packed on summer weekends, the reserve and its rocks are an unusual but very charming adventure.
Driving from Volterra to the sea, towards Cecina, you will arrive at Saline di Volterra where you will turn toward Pomarance. At some point, after the bridge over the Cecina river, you will find a sign for “Masso delle Fanciulle“. The paved road ends and, depending on the season and how much it has rained, you might be able to wade in the river. If the water is too high, you can leave your car and reach the destination on foot, or you can also continue along the dirt road until the next parking lot. The river bank is close by.
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