Serio, Cascata del

(Cascate del fiume Serio)

Cascate del Serio is one of the tallest waterfalls in Italy and one of the major ones in Europe. Cascate del Serio is located approximately 100 km from Milan, near the village of Valbondione, in the upper Valle Seriana, Province of Bergamo, Lombardy, Northern Italy.

Cascate del Serio is composed of three main steps, respectively 166, 74 and 75 meters tall; taken together the falls have a drop of 315 meters.

The falls are formed by the Serio River, at a short distance from its source in the Bergamo Alps.

The waterfalls were closed in 1931 when the Barbellino Dam was constructed, forming the reservoir known as the Lago di Barbellino; they were only re-opened in 1969. Since 1969 they have normally been opened four or five days annually, thanks to an agreement between the comune of Valbondione and ENEL, the National Electric Energy Corporation. Between 1975 and 1977 the falls were permanently open due to dam restoration works. More information about the openig days you can find here.

Cascata del Serio is easy to access: Once in Valbondione continue to the Village of Grumetti. You leave the driveway going up the trail that leads in about 30 minutes Maslana (hamlet situated at 1168 m above sea level) Cross the bridge Piccinellae, follow the trail to the left arriving in the area of ??large boulders.

A legend narrates that a lady in the village loved a shepherd, and she was jealous about his fiancee, so she captured her and closed her in a castle. The poor girl began to cry, and the flood of tears was transformed into the torrents that create the falls.
Source: Wikipedia

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