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Change of the water release time schedule - Thursday March 8 th
March 06, 2018

  • Thursday March 8 th - release of the water of Marmore Falls: from 10.00 a.M. to 1 p.M. (the water is closed in the afternoon)
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The Saint Valentine's Marathon
February 12, 2018

  • THE ST. VALENTINE'S MARATHON Sunday 18 February, for the occasion of the St. Valentine's Marathon, the Park of the Marmore Falls respcts some limitation of visiting: in the morning, from 10.00am to 1.30pm, will be accessible only to the UPPER outlook. The Lower Outlook will be opened at the end of the passing of the athlets.
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February 01, 2018

We celebrate all the loves of the world
January 26, 2018

  • photographic Contest “We celebrate all the loves of the world” Shoot a selfie to your love, write a love sentence, win a nighttimes guided tour only for you! REGULATIONSLook for the panoramic points (Upper Outlook La Specola, Lower OutlookByron, Gmelin viewpoint), shoot a selfie, enriched it with a love sentence and follow the social pages of the Waterfall Instagram (cascatadellemarmore_official) and/or Facebook (165 Marmore Falls) and post it with the hashtag #165marmorefalls #marmoreinlove from 27 January to 20 February. The photos that every social in the day of 20 Feburary will reach more "like", will give to the author a nighttimes guided tour to choose in a day that they prefer between March and September. The photos and the sentence will add to the slides in the homepage of the website: The two winners have to sent a mail to (insert the object "contest fotografico") indicating personal datas, the link of the winner's photo, the number of the "like" obtained. They receive a mail to confirm it with the indications to receive the prize. For further information:
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VI edition of the Living Crib in Marmore
December 19, 2017

  • Come back again, by popular demand, the Living Crib in Marmore! The program of the VI edition: 25/26/30 December and 6 January at 5.20pm: Performance of "The holy night"at 5.30pm: opening of the Living Crib for further information:
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The travertine of Marmore and its millennial fame
December 07, 2017

  • The travertino of Marmore and its millenial fame: from the Naturalis Historia of Plinio to the Vite of Vasari “In exitu paludis Reatinae saxum crescere”, or“Where finish the Reatina swampy area grows the stone”, wrote Pliny the Elder, famous naturalist of the ancient time, author of the monumental Naturalis Historia. To understand his statement is necessary to know that Pliny was a geologist ante litteram, animated by the curiosity that dead poisoned by the smoke of the Vesuvius during the very well-known eruption dated back to the 79 AD that destroied Pompei and Ercolano; attracted from the extraordinary phenomenon, Pliny decided in fact to take a ship and arrived to the interested area to observe better the eruption and spent the night in Stabia, in a friend's house, where found the death becuase of the gas. The stone where Pliny wrote, that he knew they formed spontaneously through a process of precipitations of carbonate of calcium (travertine), of whom the Velino's waters are riched, should be confused, from the inhabitants of the place, with the marble. This is the real cause of the historical mistake that the Waterfall has the toponomy with whom is became famous all over the world. But we try to understand better the peculiarities of this stone: it is travertine, made by a spongy solidity; the most known term is spongy stone, from latin Spongia=Spugna. This kind of stone has been used since the ancient time both in Terni and Rieti, or the two main populated centres near the Waterfall, the calcareous stone of Marmore has been found a large use as a material for building up to the seventies of the XX century, for example in the several buidlings designed from the Roman architect, but Ternan of adoption, Mario Ridolfi. This kind of particular travertine was appreciated by Ridolfi, because was a very light stone and of good work, but on the contrary becomes resistant and solid with the contact of the air. For these resons it is conceivable that as soon as the cliff of Marmore, that was continually full of stagnant waters of the Velino river, was released, the ancients had to start to extract blocks for the construction, with the possibility to admire the hardness and the white colour. Characteristics recognized by many scholars. The monuments of the ancient Interamna Nahars (the name of the Ternanan Municipality of the Roman time) is a result of a large use of the travertine of Marmore, an evident sign of the intensive use of the caves since the III century BC. Great blocks of rough and irregular form are easy to recognize in the wall of the bridge called "Del Toro", near the Waterfall, and in the wide tract of the citizen walls that are still there in that street that once had tha name of "Via delle Mura" (a title that the toponomastic office has cancelled without a good reason), between piazza Briccialdi and the entrance to the Park “Gianfranco Ciaurro”. Without considering that other visible tracts are included in the medioeval Walls that from the entrance of the park arrive up to Viale della Rinascita: some blocks have still today carved the signs of the cave, as for example taht is extracted from the Marmore Plain. Centuries later, we find the same spongy stone, but in a more refined way and form, to obtain square tiles (cubilia) that form the barrier in opus reticulatum of the Roman Amphitheatre, so as the external perimeter of the Theatre (the bulding technique still evident in the finds, today unfortunately degraded, located in Via del Pozzo). In the Middle Age, moreover, the Marmore's stone, has been extracted in loco and wasn't expensive for the purchase ans the transportation, was the unique building material that we could find in the city and around. We find it in all the worship buildings of medieval foundations (the Ternanan churches as San Salvatore, San Pietro, San Lorenzo, San Tommaso, San Cristoforo, San Francesco, San Marco, Sant’Alò, the monastery of San Benedetto in Fundis near Stroncone, the parish church of Santo Stefano near Collescipoli,the Sanctuary of San Francesco in Piediluco, the Abbey of San Nicolò in San Gemini, ecc.) and the civil construction building (the medioeval walls, the tower-houses, the most ancient palaces in the historic centre). In coclusion, all the great works, since the Roman domination up to the end of the XV century, have been realized only thanks to the rich deposits of spongy distributed both in the Marmore cliff and at valley. there were different caves, between whom one is still perfectly recognized near the Upper Outlook, along the trail n.5 of the excursio-tourist area. Another marble mine of the same origin for calcareous rainfall has been remembered in the natural cavities sources that remember Cesi, where the German writer Johann Jacob Volkmann admired “the solitified drops that for its clearness seemed to the crystal" (critical-historic information of Italy, 1770-71). Par excellence moreover, also the calcareous rocks used in the northern Nerina Valley, for example that are used for the construction of the Sant’Eutizio Abbey in Preci, are called from the Historicians of the Architecture the so-called spoongy stones. For centuries has been used also another vocabulary, by now obsolete, or “tartar”: it has been defined in nature thanks to the crystallization of the limestone on the vegetable organism as musk and lichene that grows up in the humid environments as lakes, swampy areas and Waterfalls. A famous French writer, the marquess De Sade illustrated by words about the result of the calcareous action in the Voyage in Italy, 1775-76. Speaking bout the use of the the spongy stones in the history, we know that in the XVI century the fame of the travertine in Marmore crossed the local borders. We can date the historical goal because we know the exat day in which the florentine architect Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane (author of the extraordinary buildings as Palazzo Farnese in Rome, Forte Michelangelo in Civitavecchia, the St. Patrick Well in Orvieto, the Rocca Paolina in Perugia), axcepted the Pope Paolo III Farnese assignment who ordered him the construction of a new emissary of the Velino river, deeper that the Canale Reatino, to improve the downflow of the stagnant waters in the Nera river. On 11 December 1545 Sangallo was in Marmore for the beginning of the works, and few months later in Florence, as gift to Cosimo I de’ Medici, the future Grand Duke of Toscana, some “tartar” blocks, that maybe has been used for the rustic decorations of the Boboli Garden Fountains, that has been designed by the architect Niccolò Tribolo right in that period, after the Palazzo Pitti passage of propoerty to the Medici family (1549). In a letter dated 22 March 1546 (on 3 August of that year Sangallo would be died of malariawhile he was working in the Marmore Waterfall for the construction of the Paolina channel), the brillant Tuscan architect celebrated enthusiastically that stones. At the moment is cenrtainly that the quote that for centuries has passed under the silence of Vasari, tells about the glorious history of the italian Art during the Renaissance period and is included in the cultural heritage of Terni.
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ALL IN A week-End: 8 - 9 - 10 December
November 24, 2017

  • ALL in a Week - End: 8 - 9 - 10 December It's the right time to admire the magic of the Autumn in the Waterfall, in tris week-End becomes unuque. Only in the days: 8,9 and 10 December, the Marmore Falls water will be opened ALL day long from 12,00am to 4,00 pm without interruptios of the flow. And moreover Fino out and book the guided Tours, the excursion in the cavea and the trekking that se propose. Preview - news 2018 Full trek Waterfall - The ring of Marmore / mini trekking: Saturday 9 December - at 11,00am de partire for the ticket-office of the UPPER Outlookduration: 4 hoursAltitude profile: 4000 mt.; difference in height: 350 mt. Cost: € 10,00 each per don ( Beyond the entrance ticket to the park of the Marmore Falls).The booking is compulsory. For further information click here: SPECIAL naturalistic guided tour to the tra il n.4: everyday ( Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December) - at 11,30am and 2,30pmDeparture from the LOWER Outlook ticket office.Duration: 1 hourAltitude profile: about 500 mt. Difference in height:150 mt.Cost: SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL RATE visitS included in the entrance ticket Full € 10 (for children € 0,50, beyond the entrance ticket to the park of the Waterfall). It is no possible to book this kind of visit. Ask to the ticket-office. (for further information, click here: ) Visit to the Marmore Caves: Friday 8and Sunday 10 December - at 11.30amDeparture from the UPPER Outlook ticket office.Duration: 1 hour and halfCost: € 10,00 each person (the price doens't include the entrance ticket to the park of the Waterfall). The bookin is compulsory. for further information click here: Visit Smart 100 steps: everyday (Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December) - at 12.00am, 3.00pm and 3.30pmDeparture from the entrance A of the LOWER Outlookduration: half hourCost: SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL RATE visit included the entrance ticket Full € 10 (for children € 0,50, beyond the entrance ticket to the park of the Waterfall). It is no possible to book this kind of visit. Ask to the ticket-office. For further information, click here:
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Timetables September

Opening of
the Area
Opening of
the Water
Working days 10.00am - 10.00pm from 11.00am to 1.00pm
from 3.00pm to 4.00pm
from 8.00pm to 9.00pm
Saturday and Sunday 9.00am - 10.00pm from 10.00am to 1.00pm
from 3.00pm to 6.00pm
from 8.00pm to 9.00pm

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