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 7 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.
Orrido di Ponte Alto – Trento
Few know about this place at the moment, but its spectacular beauty means that situation can’t last for much longer. The Orrido Canyon, on the outskirts of the city of Trento, was only recently opened to the public after a considerable amount of work on making it safe. It can be visited in the company of a guide. It is a truly extraordinary experience to stand in the middle of this chasm, carved out over the course of millennia by the river Fersina, surrounded by falls over 40 metres high and layers of red rock.
Cascate del Pison – Val di Sole
The gushing waters of this gorge are a treasure guarded deep in the beautiful Val Meledrio, one of the lesser-known areas of the broad territory of the Adamello-Brenta Park. Like any treasure, it has to be won: fortunately, the effort required in this case is not excessive, but consists of a simple nature walk through the woods.
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.