The Five Waterfalls of Perino

As you know I like to travel and visit cities, both big than small town. I love also make excursion in nature, mostly if there are waterfall to reach. Often you have to do a long and danger trail to see a waterfall, sometimes this goal satisfy you, sometimes not, but it’s always a pleasure to walk in the woods and breath clean air. Recently I made an excursion with my dad just to see five waterfalls.

This time we went in the Perino Valley over the Passo of Cerro, 750 meters high, delimited at south by Liscaro peak, at west by the ridge of the mountains Capra, Poggio Alto and Concrena, at east by Osero mountain. From the source until the confluence in the River Trebbia, the valley has a total development of 15 km. Its territory is characterized by a landscape that alternates soft zone modelled by crops to imperve areas, and creates scenery always different and interesting. In this area there is the Perino River that cross the valley and in the middle of its path, becomes more sour, pouring into a squeeze throat.

It’s just in this point that starts the most interesting part of the valley, where the rock strongly stratified presents various water jumps and natural waterfalls, of which the most high exceeds 17 meters. To enjoy this beautiful valley, there is a trail that climbs the valley and allows to see the main waterfalls. The path is been recently traced and fixed with parapets and benches, so people in summer can do this trail and watch the show of the nature. Unfortunately these works didn’t resist at the winter, even because there have been many rains and storm, and today part of the path is unfit.

The excursion starts from Calenzano, a fraction of Bettola (a small Italian town that is part of the Province of Piacenza), 703 meters high. You can leave the car at the Church of Saint Lawrence, in front of the small cemetery. From there begins the path that arrives at Calenzano Fondo, and once overpassed the farmhouse starts the real trail. At the first crossroads, you have to take the street on the right, and after few steps you see a signboard on the right that indicates the access at the first waterfall.

Be careful. When I have been there, the path for the first waterfall was totally unfit. Me and my dad, with great caution, we let down to reach the riverbed. I’ll be honest with you; it wasn’t easy, but this waterfall deserves to be seen because it’s very hard and wild, with many rocks and the walls cut by the course of time. I hope that this access will be restored so people can continue to see this waterfall. To go up it’s almost always easier, but still pay attention. Once came back at the access of the first waterfall, we can go on with ours trail.

After five minutes walk, you get the Mill of Riè, recently restored, today has a roof with slabs of stone and a wheel in security. This rural characteristic architecture testifies one of the ancient local activity: in fact, along the Perino River, time ago there were numerous mills, whose blades were set in motion by the flow of the water, channeled in specific deviations of the current. Even here however, the winter has compromised the safety of the area, with a structure not very safe.

From there, even if many guides suggest to continue with the trail on the left, we took the path on the right and in a short time we arrived at the second waterfall. This is really suggestive, because the water falling down ends on a rock making a second big jump. Plus the power of the water is very impressive.

From this point we followed the CAI trail (a track signed by red/white marker) that brings you at the third waterfall. This one in reality includes three different water jumps, that feature this waterfall, making a beautiful sense of depth, mostly in photo.

Taking back the trail there is a deviation on the right that ends on a belvedere on the third waterfall, even if the view is more suggestive from the bottom.

Overpassed the deviation, the CAI track continues with a ford on a waterway, and allows to enjoy the river that pass in confined spaces digging the rocks and canalizes more and more power.

While the trail climbs, be careful to don’t miss the signboard on the right that indicates the fourth waterfall. This one consists in a water jump that passes between two high rock walls, in a rugged and hard environment.

Came back on the CAI track, walked few steps you can take a deviation that leads to the top of the last waterfall seen. Pay attention because it’s high enough and there is the risk to fall down. Got back to the trail, after ten minutes, you arrive in a plain, where there is the ingress to the final waterfall, the higher of this group. Maybe, in the picture, you can’t note the height, so for you, it could be a simple waterfall, similar at the other four. But I can assure you that if you were been there, the crash of the water would have impressed even you.

Saw the last waterfall, the trail for us ends. To come back at the car, we crossed a bridge on the left, that conducts to a path that bring you at the start of the track, near the farmhouse.

So even this compelling tour ends, stay tuned for others interesting trips.

Good light to everyone.

Carlo

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