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The tallest man-made waterfall in the world Pride of Umbria: Cascata delle Marmore  

Terni, Umbria/Italy (2018) – Generally I do believe that nature by itself provides incredibly raw beauty, but once in a while I have to admit that mankind can definitely contribute to natures efforts in making the world a beautiful place.  I'm not talking about putting some flower pots in front of our homes or planting bushes and trees here and there. In the Italian region Umbria you'll find an example I'm talking about: the Cascata delle Marmore, a man-made waterfall, created by the ancient Romans. With a height of 165 meters (541 feet), it is not only the tallest man-made cascade in the world, but it is also a fantastic sight with a twist: this waterfall can be turned on and off.
The Cascata delle Marmore can be turned on and off
Sometimes it's just smart to read a travel guide before you actually visit a point of interest because you can learn some important information you might actually need once you are at the location. like where to go, when will be the best view to see it, etc. In the case of the Cascata delle Marmore, the little but very necessary information is: The falls are only turned on twice a day. Wait a minute, what? A waterfall is turned on and off? Indeed this one is. And the reason for that goes back to why it's even there, in this gorgeous area, about 20 minutes by car away from Terni, provincial capital of the Italian Umbria region. Taking the State Road "Valnerina" from Terni will bring you after only 7 km (4,5 miles) to this spectacular sight.
The world tallest waterfall is man-made
At the time of the Romans, in 271 BC, the Velino river, running at the plateau of the valley, was greatly enlarged and had created stagnant waters and swampland. It was believed that this was the source for the outbreak of sicknesses in the neighboring cities, therefore Consul Curius Dentatus ordered to create a canal and divert the river water towards the cliff of Marmore from which it plunges down since then in a total fall of 165 meters, merging with the Nera river down in the valley. The Piediluco lake embedded in the lush green landscape at the plateau serves together with the canal water of the Velino river as a water source for the "Galleto" power plant, built in 1929. To satisfy the power plant and the many tourists, the flow of the water is turned on and off according to a published schedule.

It truly is an amazing event to see the water coming down the cascade so powerful but also the when the falls are turned off there is still enough water plunging down to appreciate the sight.
10 Euro entrance fee – Bring your rain-gear also on sunny days
With the entrance fee (10 Euro) visitors are allowed to not only view the spectacle from inside the falls area but also from the observatory at the plateau which can be reached by car or with a little hike up the path along the cascade – stairs, stairs, stairs. The latter can turn into quite a wet venture without proper rain-gear, also on sunny days.
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