Cascate Capelli di Venere
Cascate Capelli di Venere
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Brun066
By Brun066
A reading of the waterfalls in the framework of the limestone mountain in the Cilento region
4.0 of 5 bubblesAug 2021
Cilento, that is, the large subregion in which these waterfalls are located, is widely affected by calcareous geological formations. Geomorphologists distinguish two structural units in this area, respectively called "Alburno-Cervati" and "Bulgheria-Verbicaro". This large amount of limestone has important consequences on the landscape and also on human settlement, which are also visible in the area of ​​the falls. A fundamental feature is the richness of the underground aquifers, which feed abundant water bodies even in the Mediterranean summer (because they are less dependent on seasonal drought): therefore they give rise to luxuriant vegetation in the valley floors, which can go up the slopes widely or vice versa - often for human causes - giving rise to a bushy or barren landscape at the highest altitudes; as can also be seen when driving to the falls from the littoral region. These soils are also generally poor, so they make difficult the agriculture, which has often even disappeared in recent years, making the countryside outside the towns almost empty. This narrative helps us to understand the context of the falls. They are rich in water all year round, which explains the lush "hygrophilous" vegetation embellishing them (including the "capelvenere" plant, which gives the site its name: Maidenhair, Adiantum capillus-veneris L., 1753); moreover, tha falls are equipped with an ancient mill, which, as in all limestone areas, could count on the constant water flow. Furthermore, the falls are confined to a solitary gorge, traditionally devoid of population apart from the one working to the mill, today animated only by tourists in some seasons. Finally, the waters of the waterfall are very pure, due to the scarcity of human presence and also because they come largely from springs. This good water health explains, among other things, the presence of crayfish (belonging to the "Austropotamobius pallipes italicus" variety, Lereboullet 1858), which in few places in Italy can be seen as easily as here. In short, a beautiful landscape and environmental spot, which should also be visited by the hasty tourist.

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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Cilento, that is, the large subregion in which these waterfalls are located, is widely affected by calcareous geological formations. Geomorphologists distinguish two structural units in this area, respectively called "Alburno-Cervati" and "Bulgheria-Verbicaro".
This large amount of limestone has important consequences on the landscape and also on human settlement, which are also visible in the area of ​​the falls.
A fundamental feature is the richness of the underground aquifers, which feed abundant water bodies even in the Mediterranean summer (because they are less dependent on seasonal drought): therefore they give rise to luxuriant vegetation in the valley floors, which can go up the slopes widely or vice versa - often for human causes - giving rise to a bushy or barren landscape at the highest altitudes; as can also be seen when driving to the falls from the littoral region.
These soils are also generally poor, so they make difficult the agriculture, which has often even disappeared in recent years, making the countryside outside the towns almost empty.
This narrative helps us to understand the context of the falls. They are rich in water all year round, which explains the lush "hygrophilous" vegetation embellishing them (including the "capelvenere" plant, which gives the site its name: Maidenhair, Adiantum capillus-veneris L., 1753); moreover, tha falls are equipped with an ancient mill, which, as in all limestone areas, could count on the constant water flow. Furthermore, the falls are confined to a solitary gorge, traditionally devoid of population apart from the one working to the mill, today animated only by tourists in some seasons. Finally, the waters of the waterfall are very pure, due to the scarcity of human presence and also because they come largely from springs.
This good water health explains, among other things, the presence of crayfish (belonging to the "Austropotamobius pallipes italicus" variety, Lereboullet 1858), which in few places in Italy can be seen as easily as here.
In short, a beautiful landscape and environmental spot, which should also be visited by the hasty tourist.
Written November 25, 2021
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Mili75N
Montevarchi, Italy84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Those wonderful falls are located into the national park of Cilento. The cost of the entrance is 3€. It’s not allowed to swim since inside these pure water is living a rare kind of shrimps: the white shrimp.
Written July 6, 2019
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Di04
Siena, Italy7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
So beautiful, relaxing, the perfect option if you're visiting the Cilento area and you feel like doing and seeing something different than the (also beautiful) Palinuro and Marina di camerota beaches
Written August 31, 2016
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johnsmith
Naples, Italy65 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The place is nice but nothing special.
The waterfalls are really small, they look much bigger than the photos I’ve come across on the internet.
But the biggest fail is that although the water is freezing you are not allowed to bathe in it because it is a natural reserve but the place is advertised as a hidden gem where you can find refreshment in many of its natural pools but... you can’t swim in them
Written August 22, 2020
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MALLINPJ
Perth, Australia208 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
We visited this tourist attraction early @10am at the start of a bike tour and were the only tourists at the time.
The falls are very small and maybe better during the wet season. We took a few photos, walked up the path in the right (the falls are to the left as you face upstream), and then left.
We felt it unnecessary to be yelled that that we need a ticket when the guardian was not seated at the entrance but in her car some distance away. It's not expensive @ 3 Euro but we aren't sure if it's at all value especially if that's the cost for children too. We noted that there is no toilet at the site but there are good facilities along further (away from Casaletto) at a picnic area, where again signs noted a 3€ charge (which may be included in the one ticket price at the falls)
If you're in the area then ok to visit but we wouldn't travel too far to do so.
Written September 27, 2017
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Luca_TL
Zurich, Switzerland414 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
The waterfall is nice, but quite small. We thought that there is more to see and walked up the path on the right. After walking about 40 Minutes there is a dead end and on the whole path there is nothing special to see!
Written September 18, 2016
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Paolo M
Sepang20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Magical site & location, where nature is one thing with the sky... A bit crowded in August, so be patient...
Written August 23, 2016
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Adventure-always101
Greater Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Listen to the locals and you find the good spots. just down the road from the Medieval town. Lovely and a swim ?
Written September 24, 2015
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Cerletta
Turin, Italy66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very suggestive place. A small enchantment of nature.
Also interesting is the walk that I recommend to those who want to take a walk in the greenery (with sneakers). Don't miss the spectacularly colored lagoon).
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Written September 26, 2023
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Valeavatar
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Nice trip to do in nature.
The waterfalls are easily accessed after a short walk of about 20 minutes.
3 euro entry price with drinking water from the source to fill the water bottles!
Possibility of having a picnic for those who wish, equipped wooden houses can be rented.
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Written August 18, 2023
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