Cascate di Nardis

Parco Naturale Adamello-Brenta / Val Genova / near Carisolo /
Trento Province, Trentino Region, Italy

Rating: 3     Difficulty: 1
Cascate di Nardis

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INTRODUCTION

Cascate di Nardis (Nardis Waterfalls) seemed to be pretty well-known waterfalls as we became aware of it prior to our Italy trip through our DK guidebook as well as a visitor's waterfall submission on our website. We suspect that its location within Val Genova might have also contributed to its notoriety as it was the feature waterfall in a valley that was also known as Italy's version of the Valley of Waterfalls. Indeed, from looking at the maps, there were several significant waterfalls that could be found in this valley, and we even managed to visit another waterfall in addition to Nardis during our brief visit to Val Genova.

The Nardis Waterfalls were said to have an overall height of 130m over a non-vertical cliff said to be around 65 degrees in slope. The waterfall appeared as a pair of segmented drops side-by-side, which added to its scenic allure. Although we tended to think of this as a singular waterfall, the double-barreled characteristic was probably why people generally use the plural form of the Italian word cascata when referring to it by name.

This was one of the easier waterfalls for us to visit (though this statement may have a caveat, which we'll explain in the directions below). That was because we were literally able to park in a lot that was directly in front of the falls. Even though it appeared that they used to allow visitors to go right to the base of the falls, we suspect that unstable cliffs and the potential for rockfalls caused the authorities to close off the short trails to get closer. Thus, it was pretty much a waterfall that we could just gawk at while possibly having a cuppa at the cafe across the river.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Looking up the river responsible for Val Genova, which had clarity and color that hinted to us that this river might be fed by glaciersLooking up the river responsible for Val Genova, which had clarity and color that hinted to us that this river might be fed by glaciers
The charming city of Trento was the nearest major city to Val Genova, and it was where we had stayed the night the day we visited Cascate di NardisThe charming city of Trento was the nearest major city to Val Genova, and it was where we had stayed the night the day we visited Cascate di Nardis
Trento (where we based ourselves to visit Cascate di Nardis) was a few hours drive to the northeast of Venice. Venice was where we had spent a magical few days before waterfalling northern ItalyTrento (where we based ourselves to visit Cascate di Nardis) was a few hours drive to the northeast of Venice. Venice was where we had spent a magical few days before waterfalling northern Italy
Before we showed up to Trento and the Cascate di Nardis, we had spent time in Venice and Burano. Burano was the island with the colorful buildings around quaint canalsBefore we showed up to Trento and the Cascate di Nardis, we had spent time in Venice and Burano. Burano was the island with the colorful buildings around quaint canals
The car park right before Cascate di NardisThe car park right before the waterfall

In this photo, you can see there's a trail that led closer to the base of the Cascate di Nardis, but it is now closedIn this photo, you can see there's a trail that led closer to the base of the waterfall, but it is now closed

Another look at Cascate di NardisAnother look at the falls

Looking across the river towards the cafe.  Note the color in the river, which suggested it might be of glacial originLooking across the river towards the cafe. Note the color in the river, which suggested it might be of glacial origin

Looking right up the river from where the one-way roads re-converged into the bi-directional Val Genova roadLooking right up the river from where the one-way roads re-converged into the bi-directional Val Genova road


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Left to right sweep starting along the clear river then showing the snowy mountains the background before panning across the bridge and right at the double-barreled waterfall


Left to right sweep starting from the cafe across the river before panning past the car park and then doing a bottom up sweep of the waterfall itself


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Trento we followed the twisty and uphill Strada Statale Gardesana Occidentale (SS45BIS) west for about 18km towards the town of Sarche (near both the lakes Santa Massenza and Toblino). Once in Sarche, we then took the SS237 for another 23km to the town of Tione di Trento. Then, we followed the signs for Madonna di Campiglio, which took us onto the SS239. We then took the SS239 north for a little over 18km to the town of Carisolo (just past the town of Pinzolo), where towards its northern end, there was a signed turnoff to the left for Val Genova.

Once we were on the narrow road for Val Genova, we then followed this for another 4km or so to the car park for Cascate di Nardis. It's worth noting that this narrow road supported bi-directional traffic, including large buses. I recalled there was one hairy moment where we met a bus going the other way just outside of a tunnel, and we had to scoot by each other with the bus passing VERY close to us (almost scraping the rental car)!

The entire drive took us about 90 minutes to cover the distance between Trento and Cascate di Nardis.

Finally, we have to mention that even though we drove right to the front of this waterfall, we have read that traffic is generally limited from the main car park (about 0.5km east of the falls at the Ponte Verde or Green Bridge) all the way through to the cirque of the valley at Malga Bedole (17km from Carisolo) from June through September. Apparently, only shuttle buses or drivers who have paid a toll would be allowed in. It could very well be that we showed up during the shoulder season on the first day of June so we managed to make it there (and beyond) on our own without the restrictions (either that or we drove in illegally without knowing).

So that might be a consideration in terms of how much time to budget for a visit to this area (i.e. budget more time to work with the service schedules).

Finally for some additional context, Trento was 61km (under an hour drive) south of Bolzano, 50km (under an hour drive) east of Riva del Garda, 213km (2-2.5 hours drive) northwest of Venice (Venezia), and 224km (over 2.5 hours drive) northeast of Milan (Milano).




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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