Cascata Lares is one of the many waterfalls in Valle Genova, near Pinzola, in the region Trentino – Alto Adige, Italy.
In Pinzola you have to watch where the exit to the valley of Genova / Cascata del Nardis. You would not think such a narrow road goes to a tourist attraction. It can be very crowded. That is I think the reason why you have to pay entrance: 5 euro for parking where you have to walk to the waterfall, 5 or 8 euros if you want to park close to the fall. Why do? The waterfall is beautiful and powerful.
Cascata Lares is, according to my opinion, the most impressive waterfall in Val Genova, more impressive then the bigger Cascata di Nardis. Maybe because Cascata Lardes is more compact and that way it seems that the watercourse is more powerful.
The river Rio Lardes thunders down over 35o meters creating a spectacle in the last part before the river joins Sarce di Genova.
There is a upper part of the waterfall and a lower part of Cascata Lares. From the restaurant at Nardis it is a 50 minute walk along the river (almost 4 kilometer) until you reach Cascata Lares, but is worth it. The path is easy and very pleasant. It is also possible to walk to the upper falls on a trail heading to Malga Lares.
It’s a shame that I did not have more time to explore the Genova valley. The valley of Genova has multiple waterfals which you can reach by foot following the river. It will take a few hours before you ended at the valley.
There’s also a bus going on certain times or better grab your bike if you have one with you.
The first waterfall near the parking is Cascate Nardis. From here you follow the river until you reach: Cascate del Sol, Cascata Lares, Cascata Folgorido, Cascata Casina Muta, Casccata Pedruc and way up Cascata Lago Nuovo-Cascata Mandron. At that time you also have reached the glacier.