The Lake Sling and his land: Mugello
Bilancino is the largest artificial lake in Tuscany. It has a maximum depth of thirty-one meters and an area of 5 square kilometers that allows to increase the water supply of Florence, Prato and Pistoia. And 'it situated within the municipal territory of Barberino di Mugello, to the west of the state 65 of the Futa, important road interregional link between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, and in the immediate vicinity of the motorway exit of the A1. Located in the uncontaminated nature of the Mugello, rich in artistic and cultural beauty, the lake and 'in an area of significant landscape and architectural value. Nearby two architectural complexes of monumental value the Medici villas of Cafaggiolo (below and to the state) and the Trebbio (upstream, in the southwest slopes) and all around a rich and well-preserved natural heritage and man: forests, crops , churches and farmhouses. Particular note is take those complex (such as the church and the village of San Giovannin in Petroio or cinquetetesca villa The Masks) from which you enjoy a magnificent view of the lake. The entrance to the dam and the lake is reported, on the southeast side, by a deliberately preserved urban system, Borgo Sling, small core along the road (variant 65 of the Futa) defined himself in the nineteenth century.
It is a dam built against the danger of flooding, Sling has changed over time as the hallmarks of a natural lake surrounded by green, dotted with villas on the hills, a place where guests can spend a summer 's day. The shore of the lake during the summer season, is indeed swimming and is equipped with some real plants, with its clean waters, there are many activities you can perform, such as bathing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing. You can also go fishing; you can catch carp, chub, perch and pike. There are also many trails and bike paths where you can go hiking, jogging or biking. On the lake there is also the interesting natural oasis Gabbianello WWF with the visit and workshop activities, oasis full of ducks, storks, cranes and pink flamingos. Here you can appreciate the naturalistic value of landscape, plants and animals