Pictures of Cascata delle Marmore - Marmore Falls Photos & Images { 25 images } Created 29 Oct 2016

Pictures images photos of the Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore Falls) near Terni, Umbria. In 271 BC The Roman Senate decided to solve the illness caused by malaria in the city of Reiti by draining a nearby lake and it's surrounding swamps. To do this a drainage canal known as the Curiano Trench was dug which ended at the cliffs of Marmore. When completed the water from the upland lake and swamps flowed into the canal and over the cliffs at Marmore creating one of the highest man made waterfalls in Europe. The falls descend in 3 drops, the tallest being 83 m (272 feet), a total of 165 m (541 feet) into the Nera river below then on into the Tiber. t is incredible to think that an awe inspiring the Cascata delle Marmore was man made and people have marvelled at its beauty for over 2000 years. The Marmore Falls made their artistic debut in as a backdrop in Virgil's epic poem the Aeneid (Circa 19 BC), then reappeared in the middle Ages in Dante's Paradise going on later to inspire Byron who wrote about them in his poem “Pilgrimage of Child Harold”. Today the Cascata delle Marmore does not inspire sporadically as the waters that flow over them are shared by a hydro electric power station so the water is only allowed to flow over the Marmore Falls at certain times of the year for a few hours at a time.

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