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Into the wild: a hunt for hidden waterfalls

A guide for the more adventurous souls

Leave the beaten track behind you and take a walk along the less travelled paths. The silence is punctuated by the sound of bubbling streams that make you contemplate the crystal clear waters as they rush over smooth rounded stones. After a long walk, to behold a waterfall for the first time can truly be a regenerating experience as it gives you that sense of belonging and being at one with Nature. Here, we recommend 8 of them, all to be discovered in Trentino.

The waterfalls of Saent - Val di Rabbi

Here you will find two small waterfalls and a narrow wooden bridge straddling the rushing cascade of water. The charm of the Saent waterfalls also lies in the unique vantage point from which you can admire them (just be careful not to slip!). Try standing for a moment in the middle of the bridge and let yourself be regenerated by the refreshing spray of fresh water.

The Vallesinella waterfalls - Val Rendena

The Vallesinella waterfalls are a true gem for wilderness aficionados. Lying below the renowned peaks of the Brenta Dolomites, these foamy cascades can be reached by following up the valley of the same name. The central waterfall, along with the high ones (momentarily closed) and the low ones, create an adventurous route for the water before finally finishing in the Sarca River.

Ponte Alto gorge – Trento

This spectacular spot is a well-kept secret, but it surely can’t stay that way for long. Just outside Trento, the canyon was opened to the public only recently, after a meticulous project to assure visitor safety. It’s an amazing feeling to venture into this deep ravine carved by the River Fersina through layers of pink rock over thousands of years. Some of the waterfalls are over 40 metres high.

The Pison falls - Val di Sole

The white water plunges into the gorge, a gem of nature in the treasure trove that is the Val Meledrio. This little-known corner of Adamello Brenta Park is more than worth the little effort it takes to discover. The woodland walk is a pure invigorating delight.

The Gorg D'Abiss waterfalls - Valle di Ledro

A wild and ancient place, with an evocative and somewhat mysterious name. This gorge (“Gorg d'Abiss” in local dialect) and its waterfall will surprise even the most disenchanted explorer; this unexpected waterfall, which gives the impression that the water gushes out directly from the rock face itself, is a secretive place yet accessible to everyone.

The Varone waterfalls – Lake Garda

This is a magical, almost mystical place, to say the least. It has inspired some passages of the novel "The Magic Mountain", a masterpiece written by Thomas Mann. The rocky gorge of the waterfall is a wonderful example of natural architecture, sculpted through the coexistence and balance of various natural elements.

The Tret waterfalls - Val di Non

We could describe it as the “hidden waterfall amongst the canyons”. This curtain of water seems to appear from nowhere, an enchanting reward at the end of the trek that takes you from the village of Fondo and through the woods along old pilgrimage trails. The route is also suitable for families with children and makes for a kind of unusual treasure hunt on a fine spring day.

Published on 06/04/2021