Along the course of the Corno and Nera rivers, in the National Park of the Monti Sibillini and the Marmore Falls
A unique experience on the Corno and Nera rivers: rafting in Umbria
Do you want to spend a few hours on a raft going down a river surrounded by nature? The Corno and Nera rivers offer several great spots for rafting between the National Park of the Monti Sibillini and the Marmore Falls. Rafting is an adventurous sport and gets the adrenaline going, but anyone can enjoy this sport, even beginners, as long as they know how to swim.
The Corno River is a natural tributary of the Nera River and a favourite among rafters because of its gorgeous setting of pristine nature and lush vegetation. Go to Serravalle di Norcia, in the Valnerina. Here you can get on rafts guided by experts and enjoy the thrill of going down the river. If the weather is right, you can even go for a refreshing swim in the froth of the rapids! When you're back on land, go to the nearby National Park of the Monti Sibillini to continue your day with a nice nature walk or, if you love animals, visit the fauna centre for deer or the one for chamois.
When you start getting hungry, taste some of the lovely local pecorino cheese, the area is renowned for its sheep and herding remains an important activity here.
The Velino and Nera rivers come together to create the Marmore Falls, one of the highest in all of Europe. Take advantage of this powerful confluence and go to the base of the falls where there is a well-equipped rafting centre. The flow of the Nera river is especially strong here, but don't let that scare you, it's what make the adrenaline run, what makes the descent so thrilling. So hop into a raft, alone or in a group, and follow the instructions the expert guide gives you. You'll feel like you're fording the river surrounded by scenery that has an almost primordial beauty. Once you're done, go inside the park to see the Falls from above. The cascade is artificial and considered one of the most important engineering feats left to us from the Roman era. Even Lord Byron was very impressed and, captivated by what he saw, called the falls "horribly beautiful."