These famous waterfalls are located in nearby Umbria, 40 minutes from La Torricella, in a region known for its rolling green hills and lovely hilltop towns.
Green meadows, thick forests, teeming streams, hidden gorges and towering waterfalls characterise Valnerina, one of the most beautiful areas in Umbria just over the border from Rieti.
The Nera River Park is better known as Water Park because of the Marmore Falls, a mass of water that falls from a height of 165 metres or 500 feet in three drops. It is a breathtaking sight.
The falls date back to Roman times in the 3rd century BC when the water flowing from the Velino River was redirected towards the Nera River via a canal which included the enormous drops where today it is possible to admire beautiful waterfalls.
There are many hiking trails in the Nera River park as well as rafting, canoeing and canyoning. Guided tours are available.
The Marmore Falls are painted on the 16th century map of Etruria (modern Tuscany, part of Umbria and the Sabina region) in the Vatican museums!
You could also combine your trip to the falls with a visit to beautiful Labro or Spoleto.
Spoleto is an exquisite walled medieval hill town in Umbria less than an hour from La Torricella. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the lower parts of its wall are from the 6th century BC. The Roman settlement Spoletium was founded in 241 BC and there are still Roman remnants throughout the historic center, including a Roman house, which may have been where Emperor Vespasian's mother lived, and Roman theatre ruins. Above the town is a medieval castle the Rocca Albornoziana and spanning the deep gorge to one side of the Rocca is Spoleto's most famous site Ponte delle Torri (Bridge of Towers) a 14th century bridge built over the foundation of a Roman aqueduct. A must see for art lovers is the Duomo for Fra Filippo Lippi's frescoes. Erected on the site of a paleochristian church, the original Duomo was built in the 12th century. Its Romanesque facade was built during the Renaissance in beautiful pink stone, with rose windows and gold mosaics. There is also a bust of Pope Urban VIII by baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Fra Filippo Lippi started his last work, the fresco cycle Life of the Virgin, in 1467 in the apse. The cycle was finished a couple of months later by his son Filippino. Spoleto hosts the famed Festival dei 2 Mondi an international festival of music, art, and performances that runs from late June through mid-July each year.