Lake Massaciuccoli

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Lake Massaciuccoli
Massaciuccoli lake overview.jpg
Location Province of Lucca, Tuscany
Coordinates 43°50′42″N 10°19′30″E / 43.84500°N 10.32500°E / 43.84500; 10.32500Coordinates: 43°50′42″N 10°19′30″E / 43.84500°N 10.32500°E / 43.84500; 10.32500
Basin countries Italy
Surface area 6.9 km2 (2.7 sq mi)

Lake Massaciuccoli (Lago di Massaciuccoli in Italian) is a lake in the Province of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. Its surface area is 6.9 km². It is located mainly in the municipality of Massarosa and partly in Torre del Lago, a civil parish of Viareggio.

The lake was known in ancient times as the Fossis Papirianis, a name used in the Tabula Peutingeriana. The composer Giacomo Puccini lived nearby and frequently hunted around the lake; the nearby village of Torre del Lago is sometimes mentioned with suffix "Puccini" in his honour.

The lake is home to the large extent of Cladium mariscus in Italy. However, vegetation and wildlife have shrunken substantially since the 20th century, due to eutrophication and expansion of Louisianan Crayfish, which are now disappearing from the lake because of predatory birds.

view of the lake from "Massaciuccoli Port", near Massarosa