In a country as well-touristed as Italy, you’d think its waterfalls might get a little more fanfare than it currently does.
Sadly, that hasn’t been the case from what we’ve seen. So we’re trying to fix some of that by putting out this list of Top 10 Best Italy Waterfalls.
Like all of our other Top 10 lists that we’ve put out on this website, we only base this list on our own personal experiences.
While I personally feel this list can certainly use some improvement with more visits to this boot-shaped country, we’ve got a page devoted to all the Italy Waterfalls that we’ve been to. This includes those that didn’t make this list.
Nevertheless, without further ado, we present our favorite Italian waterfalls in reverse order…
Of the waterfalls in this list, this could very well be the widest of the bunch.
It certainly felt well off the beaten tourist path as it sat more to the eastern side of the country nearly a couple hours drive from the more famous Toscana Region.
While the industrial complex near this waterfall made us think twice about getting in the water, we couldn’t deny the natural beauty of this place despite the pollution and unsightly development nearby.
Until a better waterfall comes along in our travels, this one just barely backs into this list of Italian favorites.
This series of waterfalls provided the perfect excuse to experience the heart of the Italian Dolomites with their signature finger-like massifs.
Julie, Tahia, and I all saw this waterfall from the narrow road near the town of Colfosco, where the mountains dwarfed the flowing cascade.
However, since the waterfall flowed in one of the creases within these Dolomites, I had to go on a hike to get close enough to really appreciate it.
It was only by getting close enough to the waterfall did I finally feel the waterfall’s spray as well as get panoramic views of the Dolomites all around me.
And that was when I finally understood the magic of the Italian Dolomites, which eluded us when we first came to the Alto Adige Region five years prior.
So we had to place it on this list of Italian favorites to acknowledge such magical scenery wrapped up in a waterfalling excursion!
We went deeper into the Val Genova in order to access this attractive series of waterfalls.
And it was a good thing we didn’t just stop at the more well-known Cascate di Nardis.
In addition to idyllic pastures and snowy mountains with a crystal clear stream running right through the valley, it really felt like we explored a part of Italy not commonly visited by those not from here.
And that’s the way we like it. For you can’t beat the tranquility and scenery when you’re off-the-beaten path. And for that reason, we gave this waterfall the nod to belong on this top 10 list of Italian favorites.
You may ask why an unnatural waterfall sits on our list of Top 10 Best Italian Waterfalls?
Well, when it comes to a country as rich in history as Italy, the lines between natural significance and historical significance become blurred.
And regarding this waterfall, the Ancient Romans had something to do with it. Indeed, they diverted the Velino River to reduce the swamps causing mosquito-related illnesses in the city of Rieti. That diversion resulted in its flow ultimately going over this waterfall!
As you can see in the photo above, when it does flow, it’s worthy of consideration as one of Italy’s best waterfalls.
Of course, to see it like this, we had to time our visit for the scheduled water release.
This was really a series of a handful of waterfalls, which we experienced by going on a hike that took in all of them.
Situated in the northeast of Italy, where it seemed like German was more widely spoken than Italian, we went on a trail that seemed more Austrian than Italian. That said, we witnessed waterfalls flanked by boulders, backed by picturesque mountains, and channeled into gorges narrow enough to waft up mist.
Indeed, we couldn’t tell if it was raining or if the waterfalls produced the rain when we were there.
It all just added to the adventure in this farflung part of Northern Italy. Thus, it further proved that waterfalling off-the-beaten path yielded surprises that you simply don’t get by sticking to the usual tourist routes.
So we had to include this waterfall ensemble on our list of Top 10 Best Italy Waterfalls.
This particular waterfall nearly eluded us when poor GPS directions took us to the Rifugio Segavecchia.
Luckily for us, the friendly folks at that mountain hut set me straight by directing me to Madonna dell’Acero. The sanctuary there served as the trailhead to this elusive waterfall.
The reward for such trouble?
I managed to experience at least three notable waterfalls all on a quiet and naturesque trail where refreshing signs implored visitors to “rispetta la natura”.
That set the tone for the kind of place that seemed all too rare in the Italian Peninsula – where nature rather than man was the rule and not the exception. And it was enough of a positive experience to place this waterfall on our list of Italian favorites.
On our first trip to the Dolomites, Julie and I went looking for the signature mountains of which the region was famous for.
But instead, we managed to find tall waterfalls such as this one.
That said, the hike we did that took in at least two giant waterfalls (the tallest one at 85m tall) certainly made us earn it.
However, going as high as we did, we managed to get sweeping panoramas of the landscape below, which included some of the Dolomite peaks off in the distance.
Such images were etched firmly in our memories, and thus for the overall experience, I had no issues with putting this waterfall series high up on our list of Top 10 Best Italy Waterfalls.
This was our first waterfall that Julie and I had visited in Italy. And we definitely had to go on quite a detour to reach it!
Indeed, we went into the quiet Abruzzo Region to earn this visit. Naturally, we had this place all to ourselves though one local we encountered wondered what we were doing here.
In addition to this estimated 200m tall waterfall, we also had a commanding view of the Valle di Sangro and viaduct.
Such a rare and unusual experience in a country as well touristed as Italy definitely made this place very memorable. And for that, I had no issues placing this beauty on our Top 10 List of Best Italy Waterfalls.
This double-barreled waterfall in the scenic Val Genova was as easy as they come.
The only work we needed to do involved driving a single-lane road in the valley to get here.
But other than that, we hardly needed any physical exertion since this waterfall sat right next to both the road and the Fiume Sarca di Val Genova (the main river running through the valley).
With an overall height of a reported 130m, we certainly did have to crank our necks to look at its top.
So given all that this waterfall had going for it, I had no issues with placing it as high as I did on this list of Italian favorites.
Personally, I had a difficult time trying to identify a single waterfall that stood clearly at the top of this list of Top 10 Best Italy Waterfalls.
So many of the waterfalls had similar qualities about them so it almost seemed like an injustice to single one out.
But since I had to make a choice, I ultimately went with this waterfall because it had quite a few things going for it.
For starters, it towered at 98m in cumulative height. It also allowed us to hike up to a viewpoint almost right at its brink. From such a lofty vantage point, we got to see the whole context of the valley. We also got to see Swiss-like chalets clinging to steep mountain slopes.
Indeed, we wondered if we were still in Italy or in Austria.
Well, whatever the case, we had a nice and relaxing experience, where once again Italy surprised us with its diversity and Nature. So for all these things, I had no issue with placing this gorgeous waterfall at the top of this list.
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