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Marshes of Fucecchio

Listed under Environment in Leghorn, Italy.

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The Marshes of Fucecchio is Italy's largest swamp. And while that may not seem like the most attractive of sites, it's actually far from a 2,000 hectare blot on the map between Florence and Pistoia – its flora and fauna are protected under various reserve orders and it's one of the most photogenic places in Italy. As well as being incredibly popular with birdwatchers.

Historians are probably more interested in the marshes as the site of one of Hannibal's few mistakes – he tried to cross directly and lost many of his men and elephants, as well as one of his own eyes in the process.

Written by  Ame P. Oliver.

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