Marmore’s Falls data

Located about 7km away from Terni, the Marmore’s Falls stand majestically. Their name derives from salts of calcium carbonate present on the rocks, which make them look like white marble.
The waterfall is among the largest in Europe and is formed by the Velino river that, near the village of Marmore, flows from Lake Piediluco and plunges into the Nera river gorge.
There is a legend around the origin of this enchanting waterfall:
a fairy creature, a nymph named Nera, fell in love with the shepherd Velino.
Meeting was very difficult for them because they belonged to different worlds.
The enraged goddess Juno, though, turned the nymph into a river since she violated the rule that did not allow her to fall in love with a human being. Velino, in despair, threw himself from the cliff of Marmore, believing that Nera was drowning down there. To spare Velino from certain death, Jupiter turned him into water and thus let him save himself and rejoin Nera for eternity.
The flora and fauna of Marmore’s Falls is typically Mediterranean. The importance of the biodiversity of this place is proved by the recognition of Site of Community Importance and Special Protection Zone of the European Ecological Network Natura 2000. Many unique bird species in Italy find their habitat here, such as dippers, grey wagtails, white wagtails and kingfishers.
Over the time, water has dug caves and created stalactites and stalagmites in travertine; today some of them can be visited accompanied by speleological guide. Naturalistic visits and night tours are also available for visitors.