Impetuous, superb, sparkling with its bright rainbow, the Marmore Falls, among the highest in Europe with a total height difference of 165 meters, divided into three jumps, and Umbria’s flagship, encloses in its mighty roar a poem appreciated over the centuries by illustrious eyes, from Pliny to Cicero, from Galileo to William Turner.
It was the ingenious hydraulic intervention of the Roman consul Curio Dentato, in 271 BC, which led to the creation of this evocative work, through the collection of the waters of the Velino River that stagnated in the Sabina.
Over the centuries, various interventions were carried out to create new canals: last, that of the architect Andrea Vici who, in 1787, made a diagonal cut on the second jump, giving the Cascade its current appearance.
Even today someone, sinking his gaze into the dust of water – composed of the Velino River which, near the hamlet of Marmore, flows out of Lake Piediluco to plunge into the underlying throat of the Nera – he will think back to the legendary love between the Black nymph and young shepherd Velino, reunited forever by the intervention of Jupiter.
Today, within the Marmore Waterfalls tourist-excursion area it is possible to follow 6 marked trails that allow the visitor to observe the waterfall from panoramic points of view of striking beauty.
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