If you’re in Valle Isarco for the scenery but on a tight schedule, the waterfall trail in Barbiano will give you a bit of everything in a little more than half an hour. We ambled at an easy pace through chestnut groves, farmsteads, and pine forests before reaching the falls, and were treated to utterly stupendous views of the valley and mountain range along the way.
The trail starts right outside Haus Urban (where we were staying). How cool is that to have a street address named Wasserfallweg or Via delle Cascate!
The trail is well marked and goes through beautiful alpine country.
…but please do not collect the chestnuts, danke! The trees are on private property. At this point you can go left for the lower part of the waterfall (inferiore – 20 minutes) or upper part (superiore – 50 minutes). The upper trail has a steeper climb.
Claimed by a mass of climbing rosebushes, we thought this old farmhouse was vacant until we turned the corner…
…to be greeted by this cute little fella and his siblings. They were curious in our presence but a sign in bold print said: Füttern verboten! Sorry, no snack bars for you buddy!
Next to the goat pen was a fruit stand selling a punnet of apples for 1€ – honor system style.
Again, no gathering chestnuts! From here the trail leads into pine forest, and in a little while you reach the falls.
It’s possible to do a loop trail via the upper part of the waterfall but that is for the next time, and I know we’ll be back!