Let’s go on the Wasserfallweg!

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.

Wasserfallweg in Barbiano
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!

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The trail is well marked and goes through beautiful alpine country.

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Chestnut trees…

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…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.

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Claimed by a mass of climbing rosebushes, we thought this old farmhouse was vacant until we turned the corner…

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…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!

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Next to the goat pen was a fruit stand selling a punnet of apples for 1€ – honor system style.

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Again, no gathering chestnuts! From here the trail leads into pine forest, and in a little while you reach the falls.

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It’s possible to do a loop trail via the upper part of the waterfall but that’s for another visit and I know we’ll be back.  Altitude at starting point: 836 meters (2743 feet), and ending point: 1047 meters (3435 feet).


6 thoughts on “Let’s go on the Wasserfallweg!

  1. farfalle1

    That is such gorgeous scenery, Rowena – and I love the little goat – what a sweet, inquisitive face. There are benches on some of the trails on Monte di Portofino – but the views don’t compare to what you saw here.


    1. Rowena Post author

      All this time living here and I never knew that this part of Italy was excellent hiking area. The cool thing is that along the trail every now and then, we’d come across a bench so you could sit for a spell. It’s almost as if they want you to sit down and enjoy the surroundings. Never seen this on hikes elsewhere.



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