Umbria: Cascata delle Marmore—Manmade Waterfall

IMG_1609Cascata delle Marmore, Italy’s largest waterfall was built by the ancient Romans to divert water from the Velino River, sending it over a cliff to generate power for hydro-electricity.

IMG_1611Its flow is turned on and off according to a published schedule. It has three sections with a total height of 165 metres (541 feet). The tallest section is 83 metres (272 feet) high.

IMG_1619Hiking to the top of the waterfall with Janine, Tracy, and Leesette.

la romita pics - 216Along the way, a tunnel leads to an observatory where you can step out to get a closer look at the falls, but the water’s coming down so hard, you can’t open your eyes wide enough to see anything. Wren and I get a good soaking—a refreshing surprise on a hot day!

la romita pics - 222We made it to the top!



Coming up in the series:

Umbria: Farewell—Ink, Paint, Paper, Passion