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10 Unforgettable Waterfalls in Italy

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Italy is well known for a lot of things like food, style, art and history, but did you know that we have beautiful waterfalls as well?
With the arrival of spring, my waterfall chase has started again, and I felt inspired to write about it.

In Italy you can find big or small waterfalls in every region, but only some of them can actually guarantee you an unforgettable experience. So, after some exploration, I’ve picked the 10 most unforgettable waterfalls in Italy and I ordered them from north to south! Enjoy your read and let me know if you’ve seen some of them.

1. Toce Waterfall (Piedmont) 

cascata del Toce

This is definitely the best waterfall of the Alps. Located near Switzerland, with its 143 m, is one of the highest in Europe. After walking on a wonderful path, it’s possible to admire the majesty of this waterfall right on top of it thanks to a small wooden bridge. The water is used to produce electricity, so the only “obstacle” that you may encounter, if you want to see it in full-force, is that it’s opened on certain hours and in some times of the year. You can find the timetable here. This waterfall has inspired famous artists such as Richard Wagner and Gabriele D’Annunzio.

2. Acquafraggia Waterfalls (Lombardy)

Cascate dell’Acquafraggia

“Su per detto fiume (la Mera) si truova chadute di acqua di 400 braccia le quale fanno belvedere…”.

The beauty of these waterfalls impressed Leonardo da Vinci, so he described them in his “Codex Atlanticus”.  Their name comes from latin “acqua fracta”, which means broken water. The best place to observe them is on their summit, reachable after a walk in the woods. A deviation from the path will lead to a terrace where you’ll have the impression of being inside the waterfalls.

3. Serio Waterfalls (Lombardy)

serio waterfalls

Writer and scientist Giovanni Maironi described these waterfalls as “the place where you can recover from the sadness of life”. They are the tallest in Italy with 315 m height and the second one in Europe. Due to a dam it’s only visible 4 times per year.

4. Riva Waterfalls (Trentino-Alto Adige)

Riva Waterfalls

Riva waterfalls are some of the best of Alto Adige and they are a combination of many waterfalls. To reach them you need to follow the path of the waterfall (very original name) that leads to an impressive suspended bridge. The best time to visit them is the summer, when their flow is more intense. In winter they are a destination for waterfalls climbers. (I wish I could climb them one day!).

5. Molina Waterfalls (Veneto)

Molina waterfalls

Near Verona there’s the Parc delle Cascate di Molina, and inside it there’s a beautiful oasis of rich vegetation and rocks. The territory is characterized by the abundance of water, thanks to the springs located near the village of Molina. Inside the park you’ll also find the Grotta di Fumane, a cave inhabited for a long time by Neanderthal men and then by the Homo sapiens. The best time to visit this park is the third sunday of July, when there’s the waterfall celebration.

6. Acquacheta Waterfall (Between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany)

waterfalls acquacheta

Even as that stream which holdeth its own course
   The first from Monte Veso tow’rds the East,
   Upon the left-hand slope of Apennine,

Which is above called Acquacheta, ere
   It down descendeth into its low bed,
   And at Forli is vacant of that name,

Reverberates there above San Benedetto
   From Alps, by falling at a single leap,
   Where for a thousand there were room enough;

Thus downward from a bank precipitate,
   We found resounding that dark-tinted water,
   So that it soon the ear would have offended.

(Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy/Inferno/Canto XVI)

Located into the National Park of Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna, this waterfall is generated by the river Acquacheta. Aside from the waterfall, this park is also a touristy destination due to the cultural value of the place, that is part of the “parchi letterari” (which means a landscape that has inspired writers for their works). Dante Alighieri writes about it in the Divine Comedy.

7. Marmore Waterfalls (Umbria)

cascata delle marmore

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The roar of waters!-from the headlong height
Velino cleaves the wave-worn precipice;
The fall of waters! rapid as the light
The flashing mass foams shaking the abyss;
The hell of waters! where they howl and hiss,
And boil in endless torture; while the sweat
Of their great agony, wrung out from this
Their Phlegethon, curls round the rocks of jet
That guard the gulf around, in pitiless horror set,

LXX

And mounts in spray the skies, and thence again
Returns in an unceasing shower, which round,
With its unemptied cloud of gentle rain,
Is an eternal April to the ground,
Making it all one emerald

(Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage)

These are by far my favorite waterfalls in Italy. They are one of the tallest of Italy with its 165 m. They present themselves as a column of water distributed on three jumps. Very important is the role that this natural phenomenon has covered in literature and art, becoming a fixed destination  for intellectuals that reached Italy to study the classics. The Parc of Marmore offers a great variety of paths to discover, with many rocks and caves (a paradise for speleologists!). This waterfall is used to produce hydroelectric energy, so it’s only visible fully at certain times. Also this waterfalls inspired many poets such as Lord Byron, hence the quote above.

8. Acquasanta Waterfalls (Marche)

Acquasanta Waterfalls

Inside the magical scenery of the National Park of Monti Sibillini you’ll find the Acquasanta waterfalls. There’s a path that allows you to reach them from the village of Bolognola, follow it into a mysterious woods and you’ll find your waterfalls at the end of a canyon.

9. Aniene Waterfalls (Lazio)

aniene waterfalls

Aniene waterfalls are located in a territory rich of nature, history and art. They are into the park Villa Gregoriana that hosts Tivoli’s Acropolis, dominated by the famous temples of Vesta and Sibilla. The waterfall is 120 m tall and it’s formed by the river Aniene. The place has inspired the painters Claude Lorrain and Poussin and the poet Thomas Gray.

10. Marmarico Waterfall (Calabria)

marmarico waterfalls

Marmarico in local dialect means slow or heavy and that wants to give an idea of a lot of falling water. This is the highest waterfall in south Italy and it’s located into the Natural Park of Sierre. To reach it, you can either get there by car, followed by a 20 minutes walk, or by hiking for 2 hours. The path follows the river into the woods and offers a variety of breathtaking landscapes.

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Jean
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These look amazing. I love chasing waterfalls. I had no idea Italy had such amazing waterfalls to explore

Marvi
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great photos! I love waterfalls too! Did you tried swimming on some of these? It must have been pretty great!

Cristina P
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These are gorgeous! I have been mostly to the south of Italy , for the warm weather haha
I do love waterfalls, though

Justine
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Wow! I had no idea Italy would have such stunning waterfalls! Incredible photos!

promisemaxwell
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Beautiful waterfalls and them stories with it. Never been to anyone but now I know where to catch one whenever in Italy. Lovely photos!

stylishtravlr
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This is incredible! I always look for those amazing waterfalls in Asia and I didnt realised I can find then so close to me in Europe! I wish I saw that post when I did my road trip in Italy! Looks like I have to plan new one now 🙂

neha
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Such beautiful and amazing waterfalls! I particularly like Marmore Waterfalls the best. I am headed to Italy soon. Although I have a tight itinerary, after looking at your post I am feeling like altering my plans and squeezing visit to some of these waterfalls.

rosewj
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I love visiting waterfalls and your pictures are amazing, makes me want to visit them all!

Bornomadic
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You’ve clicked some amazing pictures. This post is compelling me to plan a trip to Italy soon. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Penelopi
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I love waterfalls!!! Serio waterfalls look magnificent!!! 🙂

FoxintheForest117
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I remember taking this flight over the Italian Alps at sunset. Still to this day, 12 years later, one of the most amazing sites I’ve seen. There’s so much natural beauty in Italy – these waterfalls have me drooling!

Sally
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As an avid waterfall chaser, I loved this post! I didn’t realize Italy had such fantastic waterfalls! Which one was your favorite?

BnBNation
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Loved the blog post! V nicely done!
I was specially intrigued with the reason behind the name Acquafraggia Waterfalls.
(Ambuj Saxena)

Paulina on the road
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I didnt know that Italy has so many beautiful waterfalls. Those pictures are gorgeous and I just want to see them all. They must be great hiking destinations.

Reshma
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You are so right about Italy. I never knew that it’s home to such wonderful waterfalls! Your post just showed another side of Italy. I especially loved Acquacheta Waterfalls

Riely
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I wasn’t aware that Italy had so many gorgeous waterfalls! It wasn’t an attraction I thought they would be known for, but these waterfalls sure do seem worth the adventure to them. I feel that waterfalls would be a place to recover after a sad life or even a place for solitude at least for a day. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle
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These waterfalls are SUCH beauties!! Would have loved to know about them when I was in Italy – good reason to go back!

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Oh my god.. These waterfalls are SO dreamy! Can’t wait to see one of these this summer (going to Italy later this year) and take a good look at these in real life!

JuliaSan
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I did not know that Italy has that many waterfalls…. 🙂 I especially liked the Acquacheta. It is really beautiful.

filliabarden
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I love waterfalls, and won’t miss these when I visit. Well, finding 10 waterfalls might be crazy, but at least I have to find and visit one of these 🙂
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Loudy
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Wow it’s true I have never seen some waterfalls in Italy. And as I’m a waterfalls lover this ones looks incredible, thanks to your post now I know where I can find it and I will definitely visit it. Thanks a lot for sharing

digitaltravelg
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I love waterfalls, great photos.

StephanieM
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I had no idea Italy was full of such stunning and awesome waterfalls! These photos have me wishing I was returning soon!

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I love waterfalls!! This is a very good post, I appreciated especially the poems next to the waterfall that they were about. Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read post!

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Hi there, love your blog, full of great info and I can see that you are really passionate about it!

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Good day! This post is awesome, love waterfalls and I was looking for a good list.

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Really love Italy! It’s truly a great and useful piece of info. I am satisfied that you just shared this list 🙂 Please keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

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Very good website you have here! Loved this post

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Hi, nice post! Love waterfalls

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Love this! Great that you put literature references there

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