The Terni Valnerina area
The Terni Valnerina area is characterized by luxuriant greenery,which extends along the middle-lower course of the Nera river, made unique by the grandeur of the Marmore Falls - perfect combination between the force of nature and the regulating action of man on it. And it is precisely the abundance of water that distinguishes this territory - so much so that it has shaped the landscape and determined the history of its development -, part of a protected context called the Nera River Park or Parco delle Acque. Here the beauty of nature,of considerable naturalistic value, is integrated with a historical-cultural heritage-but also archaeological-of extraordinary value.
It is an environment made up of hills covered with dense woods, narrow rocky walls, and stretches where nature becomes much more relaxing. In all this context there are numerous vestiges of the history of these places. From the presence of a pre-Roman high-ground cult center to the numerous hydraulic engineering works carried out by the Romans,but also towers and fortresses built in the Middle Ages for the control and defense of the valley.The hill-top villages thatstud the natural setting date back to this period. By visiting these centers, which have maintained the ancient atmospheres,you can enjoy magnificent views and you can discover the art treasures kept in the many churches, in which artists from important schools, such as that of Spain, worked. The centuries-old mysticism that pervades these places can be seen through the hermitages and convents that standthere,and above all by the splendid Abbey of San Pietro in Valle, founded in 703.
The history of the area closest to the present day is shown through some of its symbols, such as the monumental hydroelectric plant of Galleto, still in operation, designed by the architect Cesare Bazzani at the end of the 1920s.
The Terni Valnerina is much more: it is the possibility of having unforgettable experiences by playng, at any time of the year, one of the outdoor sports activities enhanced by the features of the habitat. From excursions on foot, along marked and signposted paths,or by mountain bike, to horseback riding. For those looking for strong emotions,the rocky walls that rise between Ferentillo and Arrone,area paradise for lovers of free climbing. Or an adrenaline-fueled adventure among the currents of the Nera. On board the rafting boats, accompanied by expert guides,you can descend the river and then “fly” on the rapids at the foot of the waterfall. Other water sports include canyoning, hydrospeed and canoeing.
The Valnerina can also be enjoyed at the table as this land offers an abundance of excellent foods such as black truffles,pork products and oil - whose production is linked to the centuries-old cultivation of olive trees in the area - and crayfish.
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