Man Made Cascate delle Marmore in Umbria
Visiting the Cascate Delle Marmore in Umbria
In Umbria, it’s difficult to decide where to go and what to see. Especially if you have a limited amount of time as we did. We settled on visiting Gubbio, Assisi, Todi, Spoletto, Cascate delle Marmore and Orvieto over the 5 days we were there. The longest drive on the list was the Cascate at 1 hour away from our farmhouse rental. (By the way, it is equal distance from Rome as well).
Built by the Romans in 271 BC to keep the Velino river from feeding wetlands that were causing disease. They built a canal that diverted the stagnated water over the natural cliff at Marmore. The falls have been updated and expanded over the centuries into the beautiful falls you see today.
For myself, I am glad I got to see these marvels of Roman engineering but there were a few cons, for example, the stairs to the top were very crowded and thankfully we pre-paid for parking and tickets. (DEFINITELY DO THIS) We were able to park right in front and skip the long ticket lines.
I would say that if you are short on time, maybe save the falls for another trip. They are definitely worth seeing but it’s a long drive for a quick look at the falls. If you do visit the Cascate delle Marmore, take the time to do the guided tour and the boat tour in the middle of the falls. We didn’t plan for them and really wish we had.
I hope you find this helpful and if you need any advice about visiting the falls please don’t hesitate to ask. I will include the link to ticket and parking purchases below.
All the best,