Montella and its Waterfalls

Today I’ll tell you an interesting tour in Montella and Terminio Mountain, that I made with my dad.

The morphology of this territory is characterized by karst phenomenon, so the landscape shows sudden altimetry swings. The place has a beautiful and various floristic richness. There are many hazel and chestnut crops (chestnut here is very important in fact, this has I.G.P. certification). There are also willows, poplars, maples and beech. Rich is also the undergrowth, with strawberries, black truffle, various mushrooms and flowers.

This area has a great natural value with an important variety of fauna (I saw a wonderful green lizard, and I met a man that was looking for a eagle).

If this zone has a so great richness of flora and fauna, is certainly because of water, here in Montella in fact, there is a big water reserve able to provide water to many parts of Campania and Puglia. Despite the water is taken from aqueducts, there are also many water sources, the most important is that of the River Calore. From this and others water sources, depart numerous waterways that flow creating deep throats and beautiful natural waterfalls. My excursion has been dedicated right a these waterfalls, both natural and artificial, then I visited the monumental complex of mountain (that includes the “monastic complex of Santa Maria della Neve” and the “castle of mountain”).

In order of visitation, I saw four waterfalls:

  • Waterfall of the laundress (artificial);
  • Waterfalls of Maronella (artificial);
  • Waterfalls of fasces (artificial);
  • Waterfall of Tufara (natural).

The first waterfall that I saw, is the waterfalls of the laundress, named so because an ancient legend tells about a young and beautiful laundress, that was seduced by a local noble lord, and once she was pregnant the lord drowned her under the bridge, to avoid the consequences of the junk fatherhood. This place has a frightening fame in fact, people says to see the ghost of the laundress that shows itself around the bridge. The painter Nicola Palizzi was charmed by this zone and drew it in a paint that today is located at the Academy of fine arts of Naples.

This waterfall, over these legends, is important because of the roman bridge that dates back at I century B.C.. Then in the XV century were made works of makeover to feed the mill wanted by the citiziens of the zone, that worked until XX century. If there weren’t this bridge, the waterfall of the laundress wouldn’t be fascinating, because is artificial, not so high e neither articulated or rich.

To arrive at this waterfall is very simple, because is visible from the street just outside the town of Montella towards of Acerno.

The second waterfall that I visited is the waterfall of Maronella. Get information about this waterfall it wasn’t easy; it wasn’t clear where was the waterfall. Fortunately, thanks to internet and a man that confirmed me, I discovered that the waterfall of Maronella was in the Farm Rosabella. This is a farm located in a bio park, where it can be possible to taste delis of the zone and enjoy a wide area of pristine nature.

To characterize this bio park is the presence of the River Calore, and the Waterfall of Maronella that born from this river. This waterfall, unlike the waterfall of the laundress, isn’t visible from the street, because it’s absorbed in the green of the vegetation. To get the waterfall, you have to enter in the bio park (that requires buying a ticket), but in autumn e winter this is closed. We, once we arrived at the bio park, have seen a signboard that suggested a way to arrive at the River Calore passing outside of the farm. The trail departs from the street of the Farm Rosabella and in twenty minutes, passing among brambles and ferns, you arrive inside the bio park.

From there, after others ten minutes of walk, you reach the waterfall of Maronella. This waterfall, despite is artificial, is anyway fascinating, mostly for its stone cubes that characterize it.

Plus, the area is very colorful, also for this season that paints trees and leaves. This place in summer is much frequented for fish and take a bath.

From here we’ll resume the tale in the next post, with the other two waterfalls, the castle and the monastery.

Good light to everyone.

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