Anyone looking for a fun day trip from Rome, Italy? I found the best one ever. It’s canyoning Marmore Falls – the Cascata delle Marmore in Umbria.
Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore Falls)
Umbria is a beautiful place with an interesting waterfall at its center. Cascata delle Marmore is a man-made waterfall (165m) that was created by the ancient Romans. It’s the tallest man-made waterfall in Europe.
So when my friend said that we could do canyoning or rappelling at the Cascata delle Marmore in Umbria , there was no way I wasn’t going. It was one of the best day trips from Rome that I did while living in Italy.
It took about 2 hours to get from Rome to Umbria where we met the tour group that would take us to the Marmore waterfalls. It was simple. We left directly from Termini station.
Once there, they give us the wet-suits and then drove us to where we had to start hiking to get to Marmore Falls.
Hiking in Umbria
There’s a lot of places that you can hike in Umbria, we just happened to be going rappelling once we got to the top.
The terrain on the trails was too rocky to take the car with, so we packed all the gear we rented into the backpacks that they supplied and ascended.
Umbria is very picturesque. We had to hike by all these beautiful views to get to the place where the waterfalls were.
In the beginning we could see a lot of little towns in the distance. And even passed some locals fishing as we continued along.
The higher we got the more we had to rely on the ropes that they had installed on the trail. It was a workout to carry all that stuff and keep our balance!
The towns that we could see grew more sparse until eventually our views just became the tops of tree-lines and the peaks of the mountains.
Then…it was time for the water. So we got changed into our wet-suits on the hill, stuffed our gear in waterproof bags, and went for it!
Well, almost. They made us practice for a bit first so that we would know what to do once we were put into the middle of the Marmore Falls.
Canyoning in Umbria
Before they strapped us onto the ropes, we had to trek and slide through various rock formations at the beginning parts of the waterfalls. It was hysterical watching everyone trying not to fall.
The rocks had become eroded over time so they weren’t sharp or angular, but rounded. This made it easy to slip down it like we were on a slide.
We did this canyoning tour in the early spring, so thank God for the wet-suit because the water was cold! COLD. I’m a sissy when it comes to cold water, so maybe for normal people it will be fine if you go around the same time. If you go in summer, it’ll be refreshing.
This part was really fun. It was unique because without the special equipment provided by the guides, there was no other way we could have visited the areas that we did.
THEN it was time to finally go rappelling down the gorges with the gear and ropes. I was one of the first to go in our group and couldn’t wait.
We started by putting our feet against the rock where a little bit of water was flowing down. The more we descended, the thicker and more powerful the spring water became.
We were submerged under powerful jet-streams from the waterfalls and were soaked by the time we reached the bottom.
The canyons were narrow, the streams were long, and the deep natural pools that we landed into looked so untouched and undisturbed.
Typically, the water here cascades over the sides of two rock faces in narrow areas of the mountains. This was what made it almost look like a cave as we went down.
Canyoning is a fun sport and doing it in Umbria was easy for first-timers. The day was long and we had to get there early, but the guides were great, funny guys.
There’s a couple of different companies you can check out for canyoning tours in Umbria. It wasn’t that expensive.
An Umbrian Meal
Four hours and twelve waterfalls later, the guides took us back to this house in the hills for a homemade Umbrian meal. Of course it was delicious. Why is it that even the antipasto, which was simply bread and olive oil, was so amazing?
Overall, canyoning in Umbria was a thrilling experience that ended up being one of the most memorable days that I had traveling around Italy. It was an easy day trip from Rome that I recommend anyone do if they get the chance.
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