From Terni, you can reach the famous Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore’s Falls) after only 7.7 km.
This is a must for whoever decides to visit Umbria.
Its total height of 165 m makes it the tallest man-made waterfall in Europe.
The Waterfall, which is immersed in a natural beauty scenery, is an artificial work created by the ancient Romans.
In fact, at that time, the Velino river fed a wetland that was thought to bring illness. To remove that threat to the city of Rieti, in 271 BC, the Roman consul Manius Curius Dentatus ordered the construction of a canal (the Curiano Trench) to divert the stagnant waters into the natural cliff at Marmore.
Today its flow is turned on and off according to a published schedule, to satisfy the needs of tourists and the power company alike.
Normally, the fall is turned on between 12:00 and 13:00 and again between 16:00 and 17:00 every day, with additional times on holidays. An entrance fee is charged to visit the falls and the surrounding area.
A path along the falls allows the visitor to hike up to the top of the falls. Along the way, a tunnel leads to an observatory just next to the falls, where a visitor is guaranteed to get soaked. A safer observatory near the top affords a grandiose view of the falls and of the Nera valley below.
For more informations visit the official Marmore Falls website