Narni

The Gorges of the River Nera

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The gorges of the River Nera, where nature, culture and history have been meeting for two thousands years in a unique atmosphere, are a worthy prosecution of the Valnerina after the river Nera crosses the Ternana Valley. 


The gorges of the River Nera, where nature, culture and history have been meeting for two thousands years in a unique atmosphere, are a worthy prosecution of the Valnerina after the river Nera crosses the Ternana Valley.

It’s an interesting portion of territory for its landscape, naturalistic and historic value.

Particularly inspiring is the path that stretches along the ex Railway, runs along the river Nera and winds its way for about 5 kilometres along the old disused railway section. It’s an itinerary suitable for everyone: lovers of trekking, running, mountain bike and horseback rides, but also canoeing enthusiasts who could go down the River Nera also thanks to the artificial marinas created along the river from the area of Funara until the Mole in the territory of Nera Montoro.

At the southernmost tip of the Gorges there are remains of the Ancient and strategic Roman harbour and of the shipyard that demonstrate the old navigability of the rivers Tiber and Nera; up on the mountain of St. Croce, you can see the caves, once inhabited by hermits, and the abbey of St. Cassiano and below the remains of the imposing Bridge of August (27 BC).

The “Superb Narnia”, seal and symbol of the medieval historical atmosphere pervading the whole valley, stands on the other side, lying on a spur of rock of the Major Mount.

From the wildlife point of view, the area situated upstream the ecological oasis of the S. Liberato Lake is particularly interesting for ornithological reasons: the rugged rock walls host a vital population of blue rock thrushes also living on the Narni’s towers and offer shelter to some species of nocturnal and diurnal birds of prey.

The forests of holm oaks and manna-ashes, in many points almost impenetrable, host a long list of migratory species: from Wood Pigeons, that sometimes stop there for nesting, to Thrushes, Blackbirds, Jays, and to the multitude of other Passerines, that in autumn and spring fly over our peninsula in their long migratory flights. 

 

[Source: www.turismonarni.it]