Cascata di Nardis is one of the many waterfalls (but also the most famous waterfall) in Valle Genova, near Pinzola, in the region Trentino – Alto Adige, Italy.
In Pinzola you take the exit to the valley of Genova (and cascata di Nardis) but the signs aren’t very clear. Although Valle Genova is a major tourists attraction, the road to cascata di Nardis is quite narrow. In summertime it can be very crowded but out of the season very pleasant.
I made a short visit to the valley end of April 2019 and there where hardly any people. I could drive on to Rifugio Fontanabona. In summertime this is not possible!! Unfortunately the road further down the valley was under construction and it was to late to walk further down the valley. A shame, I was so close to the second huge waterfall in Valle Genova, cascata di Lares.
I tries to make some pictures of another waterfall near Rifugio Fontanabona, Cascata del Casol. I walked up to the bridge over the river but bad weather destroyed the bridge and the path. I went back to Cascata di Nardis to make some pictures, but in April the waterfall isn’t very powerful.
In summertime 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 di Nardis plunges down over 97 meters and can be quit wide. Up at the river Nardis you will find two small glaciers Vendretta di Nardis and Vendretta Pressanella at an altitude of 3.485 meters. Early summer at warm weather the river Nardis grows to a wild river and Cascata di Nardis grows and gets more impressive.
It’s a shame that I did not have more time to explore the Genova valley. The valley of Genova has multiple waterfalls 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. If not, in summertime you can rent an (electric) bike in Pinzola. Unfortunately the store was closed when I was there in April…
The first waterfall near the parking is Cascata di 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.