Italy

Waterfalls in ItalyWhile chasing waterfalls, I enjoy it most when the weather is good. The advantage of Italy is that the weather is generally very good. Sunshine contributes well to the experience you have with a waterfall. Yet, Italy has a lot of high waterfalls, several powerful waterfalls and actually quite a lot of beautiful waterfalls. In my personal top 10 most beautiful waterfalls I can imagine I place two or three of the most beautiful waterfalls in Italy in my list.


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Map of waterfalls in Italy



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Best rated waterfalls in Italy


Name Region Locations Height # Rating #
Cascata delle Marmore Umbria Marmore, Terni 160 m160
4.5
Cascate di Lillaz Valle d'Aosta Lillaz 240 m240
4
Cascate del Rutor Valle d'Aosta La Thuile 700 m700
4
Partschinser Wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Partschins-Algund 98-130 m98
3.5
Fragsburger wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Sinigo, Merano (Meran) 135-180 m135
3.5
Cascata di Lenteney Valle d'Aosta La Salle/Morgex 250 m250
3.5
Cascate di Saent Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val di Rabbi - Piazzola 170 m170
3.5
Cascata del Serio Lombardia Valbondione 315 m315
3.5
Cascata del Toce Piemonte Formazza, Verbania 143 m143
3.5
Cascate di Fanes Veneto Dobbiaco - Cortina d'Ampezzo 120 m120
3.5
Aschlbach wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Gargazon-Bolzano 25 m25
3.5
Barbianer Wasserfälle Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Barbian-Eisacktal 150 m150
3
Schrambacher wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Feldthurns-Bozen 63 m63
3
Cascata di Vilpiano Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Vilpiano 82 m82
3
Cascata dell’Aniene Roma Tivoli 160 m160
3
Cascata di Chiapili di Sopra Piedmont/Piemonte Chiapili di Sotto-Ceresole Reale 70-100 m70
3
Gansörbach wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) St Anton - Val di Fleres 40 m40
3
Wasserfall in der Hölle Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) St Anton - Val di Fleres 15-46 m15
3
Cascata di Lares Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Genova-Pinzola 350 m350
3
Cascata di Nardis Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Genova-Pinzola 97 m97
3
Obervintler wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Obervintl/Vandoies di Sopra-Pustertal 50 m50
3
Rastenbachklamm wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Sankt Josef am See-Kalterer See-Bolzano 30 m30
3
Cascata di Riva Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Campo Tures/Sand in Taufers-Brunico 115 m115
3
Cascate del rio Verde Abruzzo Borrello-Chieti 200 m200
3
Cascata Radime Friuli-Venezia Giulia Villa Santina-Tolmezzo/Udine 230 m230
3
Cascata dell’Acquafraggia Lombardia Borgonuovo di Piuro - Chiavenna 130 m130
3
Cascata di Zompo lo Schioppo Abruzzo La Fossa-Morino 80 m80
3
Cascata della Troggia Lombardia Introbio 90 m90
3
Cascata delle Pisse Piemonte Alagna Valsesia 300 m300
3
Cascata di Isollaz Valle d'Aosta Isollaz, Challand-Saint-Victor 40 m40
3
Cascate del Sellero Lombardia Loveno, Brescia/Passe del Vivione 150 m150
3
Cascata del Pedruc Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Genova-Pinzola 30 m30
3
Cascate di Mezzo Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Madonna di Campiglio 120 m120
3
Cascata del Lupo Trentino – Alto Adige (Südtirol) Bedollo 36 m36
3
Cascate di Stroppia Piemonte Valle Maira-Cuneo 320 m320
3
Cascata delle Comelle Veneto Valle di Gares, Canale d'Agordo-Belluno 70 m70
3
Kalmtaler wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Kalmtal-St Martin in Passeier 48 m48
3
Pojer wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Drittelsand/Costa di Tures, Sand in Taufers/Campo Tures, Ahrntal 30 m30
3
Cascata del Salton Veneto Roa, San Donato 30-50 m30
3
Cascate di Cavalese Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Moena, Cavalese, Valle di Fiemme 20 m20
3
Cascata d’Amola Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Nambrone, Sant'Antonio di Mavignola, Pinzola 52 m52
3
Cascata dellla val Sambuzza Lombardia Pagliare, Carona 230 m230
3
Parco Cascate di Molina Veneto Molina, Verona, Lago di Garda 15+ m15
3
Cascata del Fontanone di Goriuda Friuli-Venezia Giulia Pian della Sega, Tamaroz, Val Raccolana 50-80 m50
3
Cascata de la Canavacia Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Nambrone, Pinzola 100 m100
3
Cascata del Ferro Lombardia Val di Mello / Sondrio 150 m150
2.5
Cascate dell’Amendolea Calabria la fiumara Amendolea / Parco Nazionale dell'Asprom 15-35 m15
2.5
Cascata del Marmarico Calabria Vallone Folea - Bivongi 114 m114
2.5
Cascata della Morricana Abruzzo Ceppo-Teramo 45 m45
2.5
Gran cascata di Novalesa Piedmont/Piemonte Novalesa 250 m250
2.5
Stieber wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Moos in Passeier-St Leonhard in Passeier 19-90 m19
2.5
Schwarzbach wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Luttach/Lutago-Valle Aurina/Ahrntal-Bruneck 12 m12
2.5
Cascata della Val Boazzo Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Morterone 300 m300
2.5
Cascata Valle del Vo Lombardia Schilpario 120 m120
2.5
Cascata della Val Nera Lombardia Via Forcolo - Livigno 20 m20
2.5
Cascata del Varone Trentino – Alto Adige (Südtirol) Tenno - Riva del Garda 90 m90
2.5
Cascata del Vo Lombardia Val di Scalve - Schilpario 25 m25
2.5
Cascata del Sesia Piemonte Alagna Valsesia 10 m10
2.5
Cascata di Pondel Valle d'Aosta Pondel/Pont d'Ael-Aymavilles 350 m350
2.5
Cascata del Nomenon Valle d'Aosta Vieyes (Valle de Cogne) 200 m200
2.5
Cascata di Samolaco Lombardia Samolaco 60-80 m60
2.5
Cascata Folgorida Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Genova-Pinzola 80 m80
2.5
Cascata del Mandron Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Genova-Pinzola 240 m240
2.5
Zufall wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Martel-Martelltals-Zufalhutte 180 m180
2.5
Cascata del Pison Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Folgarida, Val Meledrio 11-30 m11
2.5
Cascata delle Pile Veneto Val d'Oten / Praciadelan - Calalzo di Cadore 50 m50
2.5
Cascate dell’Inferno (Col di Pra) Veneto Col di Pra/Valle di Reiane - Taibon 35 m35
2.5
Cascata dell’Inferno (Alpe Devero) Piedmont/Piemonte Alpe Devero/Devero-ai-Ponti - Baceno 35 m35
2.5
Cascata Borca di Cadore Veneto Borca di Cadore 50 m50
2.5
Cascata dell’Hofentol Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Guardia-Folgaria 40 m40
2.5
Cascata del Rio Agaro Piedmont/Piemonte Osso/Valle Devero - Baceno 60 m60
2.5
Cascata del Cugnunto Umbria San Lazarro-Preci 20 m20
2.5
Cascata Plera Friuli Venezia Giulia Villa Santina-Udine 20 m20
2.5
Cascata di Pianazzo Lombardia Pianazzo/Madesimo-Chiavenna 130 m130
2.5
Cascata di Salino Calabria Mammolo ( Parco nazionale dell'Aspromonte) 50 m50
2.5
Cascata Palmarello Calabria Gambarie-Villa San Giovanni (Parco nazionale dell'Aspromonte) 80 m80
2.5
Cascata di Lequarci Sardegna Santa Barbara-Ulassai 50 m50
2.5
Salurn wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Salurn/Salorno - Trento 68 m68
2.5
Raschtl wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Selva di Dentro-Muhlwald-Bruneck 80 m80
2.5
Cascata di Ferrera Lambardia Ferrera di Varese 30 m30
2.5
Cascata di Frenay Valle d'Aosta Cerellaz, La Salle 30 m30
2.5
Cascata Tervela Trentino – Alto Adige (Südtirol) St Christina di Val Gardena 30-50 m30
2.5
Cascata Saleduogna Friuli-Venezia Giulia Passo di Sant'Osvaldo, Cimolais, Longarone 90 m90
2.5
Cascata di Ponte Serra Veneto Lamon, Belluno 10-15 m10
2.5
Cascata del Salton de la Caora Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Noana, Imer, Mezzano 25 m25
2.5
Cascata di Stenico Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Stenico 30-50 m30
2.5
Cascata Revegler Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Lardaro 50 m50
2.5
Cascata d’Ampola Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val d'Ampola, Storo 12 m12
2.5
Cascata Cenghen Lombardia Abbadia Lariana, Lecco 30-45 m30
2.5
Cascata di Salino (Paularo) Friuli-Venezia Giulia Salino, Paularo 25 m25
2.5
Cascata di Pacard Valle d'Aosta Brusson 70 m70
2.5
Cascata d’Arlaz Valle d'Aosta Abaz, Issolaz 30 m30
2.5
Cascata di Cusano Abruzzo Cusano, Abbateggio 12 m12
2.5
Flitzer wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Valluzza, San Pietro 45 m45
2.5
Cascata Tina Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Ponte Tina, Val di Daone 25 m25
2.5
Cascata del Pisot Lombardia Casto, Parco delle Fucine 10 m10
2.5
Cascata di Ballino Trentino – Alto Adige (Südtirol) Ballino 90 m90
2.5
Cascata di Santa Giulia Lombardia Rescia, Osteno, Lago di Lugano 20-70 m20
2.5
Cascata del Gorg d’Abiss Trentino – Alto Adige (Südtirol) Tiarno di Sotto 5 m5
2.5
Cascate del Mulino Toscane Saturnia 10 m10
2.5
Cascate del Pisciadu Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Corvara, Selva/Wolkenstein 80 m80
2
Cascata di Tret Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Tret, San Felice, Bozen 70 m70
2
Cascata dell’Acquacheta Emilia-Romagna San Benedetto, Valle di Montone 90 m90
2
Cascata di Ciucchinel Piedmont/Piemonte Valle Varaita/Valle di Bellino 100 m100
2
Cascate di Crosis Friuli-Venezia Giulia Zomeais-Tarcento 15 m15
2
Cascata del Pattinaggio Lombardia Valcanale 70 m70
2
Rötbach wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Kasern-Prettau-Valle Aurina (Bruneck) 80 m80
2
Cascata di Sa Spendula Sardegna Villacidro 72 m72
2
Cascata di Valle Febbraro Lombardia Isola-Valchiavenna 80 m80
2
Lappach klamm wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Lappach/Lappago, Tauferer Ahrntal 20 m20
2
Cascata Sotto il rifugio Berti Veneto Padola-Comelico Superiore 70 m70
2
Cascata del Dardagna Emilia-Romagna/Bologna Madonna dell'Acero-Lizzano in Belvedere 30-250 m30
2
Cascata dell’Acqua Bianca Piemonte Alagna Valsesia 170 m170
2
Cascata di Stanghe Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Stanghe/Ratschings-Sterzing 15 m15
2
Cascata di Danerba Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Valle Daone-Lago di MalgaBoazza 200 m200
2
Cascata del Casol Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Genova-Pinzola 7 m7
2
Cascate di La Balme Valle d'Aosta La Balme 250 m250
2
Cascate della Soffia Veneto Val des Mis - Sospirolo/Belluno 15 m15
2
Cascata di Sardagna Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Trento-Sardagna 100 m100
2
Cascata delle Ninfe Abruzzo Villetta Barrea-Pescasseroli (Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo) 15-30 m15
2
Cascata di Planaval Valle d'Aosta Planaval-Arvier (parco del Gran Paradiso) 90-120 m90
2
Cascata del Liri Lazio Isola del Liri 27 m27
2
Cascata Forgiarelle Calabria Gambarie-Villa San Giovanni (Parco nazionale dell'Aspromonte) 28-45-45-70 m28
2
Cascata del Serpente Liguria Masone 6+6 m6
2
Cascata della Moiazza Veneto Chiesa, Gavaz 210 m210
2
Cascata del Picchions Friuli Venezia Giulia Vinaio, Villa Santina, Udine 7 m7
2
Cascata Nambrone Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Nambrone, Sant'Antonio di Mavignola, Pinzola 80 m80
2
Cascata della Foga Lombardia Bondione, Valbondione 130 m130
2
Cascata del Carlone Emilia-Romagna San Cristoforo, Bobbio 6 m6
2
Stuller wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Stulles, Moos in Passeier 112+230 m112
2
Cascate Chardonney Valle d'Aosta Chardonney, Champorcher 10-50 m10
2
Cascata Schivanoia Veneto Castenuovo, Teolo, Parco Regionale dei Colli Euganei 4 m4
2
Cascata Parco la Cascatella Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Castello Tesino 15 m15
2
Cascate di Calabritto Campania Calabritto (Parco Regionale dei Monti Picentini) 15 m15
2
Cascata dei Ciateli Lombardia Tornadri-Chiesa Valmalenco-Sondrio 160 m160
1.5
Cascata de Patri Valle d'Aosta Valnontey-Cogna 120+300 m120
1.5
Cascata dell’Alpenzu Valle d'Aosta Tschemenoal 180 m180
1.5
Cascate dal Pizzo Arera Lombardia Valcanale-Gromo 130 m130
1.5
Cascata del Sasso Marche Sant 'Angelo in Vado 7 m7
1.5

The Italian word for waterfall is “cascata” where sometimes “cascate” is used when there are multiple drops. But it is not consistently applied. In the north of Italy, on the border with Austria, there are also areas where the German language is spoken. Falls often have two names here, a German name where the German word for waterfall is used, “wasserfall” and an Italian name “cascata”.

About three-quarters of the surface of Italy is mountainous or hilly. Italy is a mountainous country, with the Alps in the north and the Apennines that extends to the south of Italy. The Apennines is a branch of the Alps and is about 1.000 kilometers long that runs to the foot of Italy. The only glacier of the Apennines, the Calderone glacier lies in the rough area Gran Sasso and is the southernmost glacier in Europe.

The highest peaks in Italy are located in the northern Italy, in the Alps. The highest peak in Italy is the Mont Blanc de Courmayeur with a height of 4.765 meter, only the mountain also is located partly in France. Gran Paradiso with a height of 4.065 meter is the highest mountain, which is located in Italy as a whole. I didn’t knew that there are there are quite a lot high mountains to be found in Italy.

I have registered approximately 134 waterfalls in Italy, but every week I discover new waterfalls in Italy. I am sure there are still another 100 waterfalls to be found.

What worries me is the speed at which glaciers disappear in Italy. 2015 was a disastrous year for the glaciers with long periods above 30C. In 2015 there was only 368 km² left of glaciers while in 1980 there was 609 km² with glaciers! Of course this also affects many waterfalls that depend on melted ice and snow from glaciers.


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Most famous waterfalls in Italy


The most famous waterfall of Italy is probably the most regulated waterfall of Italy, Cascate delle Marmore, near Terni, 100 kilometers north of Rome. This artificially made waterfall is well worth a visit and you can easily spend an afternoon here. A walk along Cascate delle Marmore and through the beautiful park with numerous small side waterfalls and drops will enchant you. I am sure want to stay for a longer time then planned in advance. At predetermined times, the supply to the waterfall is set open, creating a particularly powerful and beautiful waterfall. Cascate delle Marmore is not the tallest waterfall in Italy, with a total height of 160 meters, but certainly a high and impressive waterfall. It is also funny to see Cascate delle Marmore when there is hardly any water in the river, a strange experience.

Another well visited waterfall is again a regulated waterfall, Cascate del Serio, 50 km north of Bergamo. The flood gates are only unleashed 5 times a year but with a single (powerful) drop 0f 315 meter this a real spectacle.

Also in the Alps, not far from Lago di Garda, there is a very special waterfall in a cave, Cascata delle Varone. This popular waterfall is a visit worthwhile when staying near Lago di Garda.

  1. Cascate delle Marmore
  2. Cascate del Serio
  3. Cascata delle Varone

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Highest waterfalls in Italy


The most and highest waterfalls in Italy are located in the north on the border between Switzerland and Austria in the regions of Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta, Lombardia and Trentino/Alto Adige.
The highest waterfall in Italy is Cascata del Rutor near La Thuile in the region Valle d’Aosta. With a total height of 700 meter and 3 major drops Cascata del Rutor is a must to visit.

A number two highest waterfall in Italy is more difficult. Cascate di Mezzo is a waterfall in the river Sarca di Vallesinella with a total height of 500 meter. Cascate di Mezzo has also three major drops (Cascate di Vallesinella, Cascate Alte and Cascate Basse) and is located near Madonna di Campiglio in the region Trentino/Alto Adige.

Maybe Cascate del Serio is worthwhile mentioning because it is a tourist attraction, is very powerful and has a height of 315 meters. Unfortunately Cascate del Serio is a regulated waterfall open only five days in summertime.

  1. Cascata del Rutor (+/- 700 meter)
  2. Cascate di Mezzo (+/- 500 meter)
  3. Cascate del Serio (315 meter)

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Most beautiful waterfalls in Italy


A difficult question is where to find the most beautiful waterfalls in Italy? I have a slight preference for Cascata del Rutor, which is also the highest waterfall in Italy and probably the most powerful waterfall in Italy. A beautiful walk leads along the river Rutor up along several wild cascades that made a big impression on me. The walk ends at a height of 2.500 meters at Lago del Rutor, at the foot of the glacier “ghiacciaio del Rutor”. In summertime a huge amount of melted ice feeds the waterfall Cascata del Rutor that turns into a gigantic wild and impressive waterfall.

I also enjoyed our visit to Cascate delle Marmore, but this is a very save choice. When we where in the Aosta region I was in heaven with such a beauty of all waterfalls I visited. I think I have a slight preference for Cascate di Lillaz, near Cogne.

  1. Cascata del Rutor
  2. Cascate delle Marmore
  3. Cascate di Lillaz

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