Italy

Waterfalls in ItalyWhile chasing waterfalls, I enjoy 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 #
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
Saent, Cascate di Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val di Rabbi - Piazzola 170 m170
3.5
Pedruc, Cascata Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Genova-Pinzola 30 m30
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
Vilpiano, Cascata di Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Vilpiano 82 m82
3
Lares, Cascata Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Genova-Pinzola 350 m350
3
Nardis, Cascata di Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Genova-Pinzola 97+130 m97
3
Obervintler wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Obervintl/Vandoies di Sopra-Pustertal 50 m50
3
Riva, Cascata di Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Campo Tures/Sand in Taufers-Brunico 115 m115
3
Mezzo, Cascate di Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Madonna di Campiglio 120+500 m120
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
Cavalese, cascate di Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Moena, Cavalese, Valle di Fiemme 20 m20
3
Amola, cascata Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Nambrone, Sant'Antonio di Mavignola, Pinzola 52 m52
3
Hölle Cascata Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) St Anton - Val di Fleres 15+46 m15
2.5
Stieber wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Moos in Passeier-St Leonhard in Passeier 19-90+19-90 m19
2.5
Rastenbachklamm wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Sankt Josef am See-Kalterer See-Bolzano 30 m30
2.5
Schwarzbach wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Luttach/Lutago-Valle Aurina/Ahrntal-Bruneck 12 m12
2.5
Boazzo, Cascata della Val Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Morterone 300 m300
2.5
Mandron, Cascata del Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Genova-Pinzola 240 m240
2.5
Zufall wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Martel-Martelltals-Zufalhutte 180 m180
2.5
Pison, Cascata del Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Folgarida, Val Meledrio 11-30 m11
2.5
Hofentol, Cascata dell’ Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Guardia-Folgaria 40 m40
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
Salton de la Caora, cascata del Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Noana, Imer, Mezzano 25 m25
2.5
Stenico, cascata di Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Stenico 30-50 m30
2.5
Revegler, cascata Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Lardaro 50 m50
2.5
Ampola, cascata Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val d'Ampola, Storo 12 m12
2.5
Flitzer wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Valluzza, San Pietro 45 m45
2.5
Tina, cascata Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Ponte Tina, Val di Daone 25 m25
2.5
Pisciadu, cascate del Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Corvara, Selva/Wolkenstein 80 m80
2
Tret, cascata di Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Tret, San Felice, Bozen 70 m70
2
Rötbach wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Kasern-Prettau-Valle Aurina (Bruneck) 80 m80
2
Lappach klamm wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Lappach/Lappago, Tauferer Ahrntal 20 m20
2
Stanghe, Cascata di Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Stanghe/Ratschings-Sterzing 15 m15
2
Danerba, Cascata di Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Valle Daone-Lago di MalgaBoazza 200 m200
2
Casol, Cascata del Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Genova-Pinzola 7 m7
2
Folgorida, Cascata Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Genova-Pinzola 80 m80
2
Sardagna, Cascata di Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Trento-Sardagna 100 m100
2
Nambrone, cascata Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Val Nambrone, Sant'Antonio di Mavignola, Pinzola 80 m80
2
Stuller wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Stulles, Moos in Passeier 112+230 m112
2
Parco la Cascatella, cascata Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) Castello Tesino 15 m15
2
Gansörbach wasserfall Trentino - Alto Adige (Südtirol) St Anton - Val di Fleres 40 m40
0.5

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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