The landscape of Terni, between the
Marmore Waterfalls and the lake of Piediluco
The territory of Terni
to the visitor a dense place of excellencies, where the nature appears in all
of its shine and in all of its power. It is an example the Marmore
, real national monument, distant only 7 kilometres from
It was artificially created in the 271
B.C., as part of an ample project of reclamation operated by the Roman consul Manlio
, because the calcareous deposits of the waters of the Velino river
prevented the confluence of the Nera
one, causing frequent
swamps. A channel was dug for allowing the draining of some waters falling from
the tallest point of the embankment of the Marmore
. The problem was not
definitely resolved never, delivering however a natural show that has captured
the imagination of writers, painters, poets and novelists during the centuries
to the whole world, as well as of million of visitors.
The waters of the river Velino complete
since then a prodigious leap, crossing a general gradient of around 165 meters
before throwing in the river bed of the Nera, describing games of water and
light of unbelievable beauty.
Reaching the Marmore Waterfalls is
possible to visit them in all their beauty and to observe following the
proposed itineraries, which allow its vision from different points of view. The inferior Square
allows to observe from the lower part the enormous throw
of water and to follow it in the three leaps that it completes before finding
again its quiet meeting in the waters of the Nera. Otherwise is possible to
climb up to the superior Belvedere
, which is accessed by the Park Campacci di Marmore
, a spur to precipice on the first and taller jump of
the fall, from where is possible to admire closer its charm.
Without paying an additional price it's
possible to subsequently draw near to the fall besides, crossing the excursion
paths that practically allows to enter '' inside '' the waterfall. A series of
itineraries connect the awry part to valley, giving an unforgettable
experience. To half road is found the famous Balcony of the lovers
belvedere that sticks out in the middle jump of the river, where is possible to
enjoy a suggestive sight. It's specially on this point that the power of this
show of the nature can be appreciated. The din of the fall resembles a lot to
the voice that originates from the uvula of the nature, a powerful and
sovereign voice that will ever stop bewitching who has the fortune to assist to
As known the enormous water basin is
exploited for energy production. So for this, the fall is closed some days at
week. Beginning from 1954 has been arranged an opening that foresees the full
functionality of the Marmore Waterfalls for at least 770 hours/year.
Before going there, is better to consult
the schedules and the opening days.
Another place appreciated by the
environmental point of view is the lake of Piediluco
, as wellin the
immediate proximity of Terni and easily attainable.
Its irregular form and not at all
circular, mostly approaches it to the alpine lakes, very unusual aspect that
only increase the charm of the landscape. Its perimeter measures around 17
kilometres, and is entirely surrounded by a sharp pain vegetation, as
poetically its etymology describes it, '' to the feet of the Sacred Wood
''. One of the most greater attractions is with no doubt the Mountain of the
, a true icon of the lake, able to make to play again a whole
hendecasyllable, thanks to the unusual acoustics of its walls.
The panorama is enchanting, the houses
prepared along the coast decorate its banks, while some architectural elements
illustrate its past. From above the Fortress
of the XI century
dominates, of which still can admire imposing parts, while very suggestive it
is the church devoted to St. Francis
, celebration of a visit of the Poverello
in 1217. The church was built in 1338, entering through a steep
stairway in stone, decorated by motives inspired to the lake culture.
The lake of Piediluco is besides centre of
the Italian Federation of Boating
, near which numerous and important
appointments are held to recall attention from Italy and from the world.á
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