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HYDRA, Museo Multimediale della Cascata delle Marmore

HYDRA, Multimedia Museum of the Marmore Falls

HYDRA is the new tourist attraction that enhances the beauty and complexity of the landscape of the upper belvedere area of the Marmore Falls through the use of the most modern exhibition, digital and physical technologies.

Videomapping with relief maps, three-dimensional models, projections, holograms, augmented and immersive reality installations allow visitors to enrich their visit to the Waterfall with contents of great interest and to understand its history, living a unique sensorial and cultural experience.

A true multimedia exhibition dedicated to the Marmore Waterfalls and the hydroelectric nucleus of Terni, it is located in the basement rooms of the Marmore Village School, next to the tourist routes of the Upper Belvedere.

In November 2021 it officially joined the Water Museums Global Network, the network under the aegis of Unesco that brings together more than 70 water museums worldwide. The museum's activities in the area are thereby recognized as a prestigious point of reference in the promotion of environmental education and sustainable management of water resources. The museum also serves as an important amplifier in the world for the complex history of the Marmore Falls and its territory.

The Marmore waterfall is one of the most famous in Italy and among the highest in Europe. It is located in the Valnerina, not far from Terni, inside the Nera River Regional Park.

It is a man-made waterfall, the result of a great work of hydraulic architecture, on a par with the great works of European cathedrals, whose beauty has been extolled and reproduced by illustrious artists, and whose thousand-plus-year history represents an extraordinary tale of man's relationship with nature.

The Marmore waterfall shows how man has worked since Roman times to design and build hydraulic works, first to drain the waters of the Velino and reclaim the land in its bed, then to harness the energy of water.

Beginning in the second half of the 19th century, this territory was revolutionised for the exploitation of hydraulic energy as a driving force for factories, leading to the development of Terni as a great industrial centre. The imposing infrastructure to accomplish this transformation involves a a complex system of dams, tunnels, conduits, power stations and factories.

The waterfall has become the symbol of the city of steel. The Galleto power station is still today the management centre of the largest hydroelectric power station in central Italy.

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