This amazing waterfall is a man-made and unbelievably was created by the ancient Romans to prevent illness in the nearby Umbrian town of Rieti. The Consul Dentatus believed the limpid waters of the river Velino that flowed through the then marsh encircled town brought what is now known as malaria so a canal was built to to divert the stream and send the waters over the cliffs at Marmore and into the valley of the river Nera.
Less than two hours in the car from Bellaugello Gay Guest House you are in the southern part of Umbria and near the town of Rieti, from where the road winds into the Valnerina as you approach the 165m high falls.
Not many people get this amazing view of the falls shot by helicopter, but instead enter by the visitor centre where the view from the ground too is impressive.
Today the waters are controlled by a sluice, part of the flow being diverted to the Galleto hydroelectric power station, itself an architectural gem.
But back to the waterfalls which are still allowed to flow so visitors like you can marvel at the water rushing over the highest man made waterfall in Europe. Full information on the falls, and their opening hours can be found by clicking this link: Official site of the Cascate delle Marmore
To complete a day out head further up the beautiful Valnerina to the town of Ferentillo and visit the ‘Museum of the Mummies’. Under the XIII century church of S Stefano you enter the crypt and discover several hundred mummified remains. Since the crypt was excavated in the 19c air has entered and now the mummies are housed in glass cases, but many are still amazingly well preserved. A most unusual and unexpected museum in rural Umbria, a region always full of surprises!