PHOTO TIME: Marmore Waterfalls

On Saturday I got to see, the largest man-made waterfall in the world!! It was amazing. It wasn’t quite Niagara Falls, but it was beautiful, exhilarating, and picturesque. I loved being here, soaking up the sun, pretending just for a few hours that I hadn’t a single care in the world. The sun was shining and the water was gushing like the dam was just released.

The Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore’s Falls) is a manmade waterfall created by the ancient Romans. Its total height is 165 m (541 feet), making it one of the tallest in Europe and the tallest man-made waterfall in the world. Of its 3 sections, the top one is the tallest, at 83 m (272 feet). It is located 7.7 km from Terni, a provincial capital of the Italian region of Umbria.

Its source is a portion of the waters of the river Velino (the rest of the river flows into a hydroelectric power plant), after flowing through Piediluco lake near the community of Marmore. It pours into the valley below formed by the river Nera. Its flow is turned on and off according to a published schedule, to satisfy the needs of tourists and the power company alike. Tourists try to be there the moment the gates are opened to see the powerful rush of water.

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One level of the massive man-made waterfall.

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