Relax, walking and swimming in the wildest locations in Italy. One of the trends for 2021 summer concerns outdoor vacations, underlines Yescapa. Here are the 8 top destinations as an alternative to the sea: oases of peace and beauty, but also places where you can practice sports and dive into clear waters.
1) Piedmont – Tumpi of Bobbio Pellice
A natural oasis in the heart of Piedmont, not far from Pinerolo. The “tumpi” are deep water basins set along the course of the Guichard torrent. The Comba dei Carbonieri is instead a narrow and deep valley; from here it is possible to follow the itinerary of the “Gran Tour del Monviso” among 65 thousand hectares of woods, gorges and mountain lakes.
2) Aosta Valley – Fer Torrent
The Fer torrent in Donnas is one of the wildest places in Aosta valley. Its current crosses the forest of Cignana and develops in a succession of gorges of emerald green water, an ideal destination for canyoning. Further downstream, at the confluence with the Dora Baltea, the waterfalls have formed natural pools where the clarity of the water takes on the nuances of iron rocks.
3) Friuli Venezia Giulia – Emerald Pools
An hour’s drive between Udine and Pordenone, along the course of the Meduna, in Val Tramontina, it is easy to reach Pozze smeraldine. Taking a path that starts from Tramonti di Sopra, you enter the Park of the Friulian Dolomites, in the heart of Friuli Venezia Giulia, until you reach the Selis suspension bridge, an architectural masterpiece that connects the two banks of Lake Ciul.
4) Tuscany – Torrente Ciufenna
On the slopes of Pratomagno, in the Arezzo Valdarno, the course of the Ciuffenna torrent is guarded. Inserted among the most beautiful villages in Italy, during the summer season is the ideal place to bathe in the waters of the stream that, slipping from the slopes of the mountain, forms clear natural pools. At 6 km from Loro Ciuffenna, always in Tuscany, the mountain village of Poggio di Loro is a labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys where in November is celebrated the Feast of 100 logs.
5) Emilia-Romagna – Natural pools in Bidente di Pietrapazza
In the heart of the National Park of the Casentino Forests, in Emilia-Romagna, you go along the valley of the Bidente torrent until you reach the valley of Pietrapazza. In Poggio alla lastra, in the municipality of Bagno di Romagna, over the years, small waterfalls have been created, each with its own small lake; to dive in, there are small beaches or large boulders.
6) Lazio – Bullicame Thermal Baths
Mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy, the natural pools of Bullicame are part of the large hydrothermal basin of Viterbo, in Lazio. The water comes out at a temperature of 58 ° C and through a series of small channels comes to some larger basins carved into the rock, cooling slightly. To get there, it is necessary to reach Bagni di Viterbo.
7) The Waterfall Capelli di Venere, Campania
In the National Park of Cilento, in Campania, there is the oasis Cascata Capelli di Venere, where streams descend among mosses and ferns before flowing into the rio Bussentino, in the municipality of Casaletto Spartano (Salerno). Even though the stream is not suitable for swimming, the path that runs along the watercourse, crossing a wooden footbridge and an ancient Norman bridge, is one of the most fascinating in all of Italy.
8) Piscine dell’Auro, Marche
In the Marche region, the pools formed by the Auro river extend along a long stretch of the waterway and are accessible to all. A succession of small waterfalls and stone slabs where you can lie down and sunbathe. To get there, you must leave your car or bike at Parchiule.