It used to be said that there was no point going bird watching in Italy as you would see nothing but house sparrows.

Birds In Sardinia

This is clearly not the case however, and, although bird watching in Italy is not as popular as in some other European countries, it can be extremely rewarding as Italy connects Europe to Africa and is an important passage for many migrating birds.

Across Tuscany and Lazio, Maremma is a haven for birds and wildlife and around the beaches, lagoons and lakes you will spot plenty of water birds, while at the Riserve Naturale della Diaccia Botrona coot, moorhen, egrets, ducks and heron gather on the wetlands.

Alternatively, you may want to try visiting one of Italy’s many islands. They are not as built up as the mainland and have been less intensively farmed meaning there are many more natural habitats for birds to thrive in.

Sardinia has a number of salty lagoons that are home to species such as purple gallinule, greater flamingo and slender-billed gulls. On the west coast you will find Sardinia’s two remaining griffon vulture colonies.

Sicily is an important raptor migration point and hosts buzzards, lanner falcons, Egyptian vultures and Bonelli’s eagle as they make they way south.

Of course one of the major benefits of visiting Italy to bird watch is that while you are there you can also experience the history, culture, art and cuisine that make the country such a fantastic holiday destination.

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S.Francesco, Lazio S.Francesco, Lazio
Once a small country church in the 18th century, this holiday property is in the hamlet of Fabrica di Roma and is ideally situated to visit historical hamlets and small cities of art, as well as the lakes of northern Lazio. The nature reserve at Bracciano Lake is 30km away and good for bird watching.
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Casa Angelica, Casa Angelica Casa Angelica, Casa Angelica
This holiday studio is set in Terrabianca, about 2km from the medieval village of Castelsardo and its amenities. The shared outdoor area is surrounded by verdant countryside and overlooks the Asinara Gulf, with stunning sea views.
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Quercia, Capranica Quercia, Capranica
This country house is divided into apartments and situated in the heart of the Tuscia region, in the midst of hazelnut, chestnut and fruit trees. The centre of Capranica is only 2.5km away. The property is ideally placed for exploring the countryside of the Lazio region where you will be able to go bird watching.
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Fontemulino, Vitorchiano Fontemulino, Vitorchiano
This property is a former water mill, accessed via a 600m unmade road, which has been transformed into a welcoming holiday house with extra annexe accommodation. The house is surrounded by a meadow which extends around the volcanic mountains.
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  Villa il Melograno, Bagnoregio
Located in the hills of Lazio, this beautiful holiday home is undoubtedly the ideal home for the perfect holiday in peace and quiet. The home is the ideal starting point for those wanting to view the wildlife and birds of Lazio and southern Umbria.
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  Villa Luna, Vitorchiano
This well maintained and tastefully decorated villa was created from the restoration of an old Jesuit hermitage. The house is located in countryside, 4km from Viterbo, and is in a dominating position overlooking the valley below. The property is ideal to enjoy the tranquillity and the variety of landscapes of the beautiful Tuscia region.
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Baita Mussone, Oliena Baita Mussone, Oliena
This typical Sardinian rural, holiday property with annex, which is called a "Su pinnettu" in the local dialect, is surrounded by the Gennargentu National Park famous for many birds of prey and other birdlife, and has views of the famous mountain of Nuoro.
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Gambaru Bilo 2, San Teodoro Gambaru Bilo 2, San Teodoro
This ground floor holiday apartment is situated in San Teodoro, about 2km from the renowned beach at Spiaggia della Cinta. Nearby it is possible to visit the island of Tavolara, also known as Europe’s largest rock, and the seat of the marine park of the same name, where the natural colour of the sea has become a legend.
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