The Waterfall of Campanaro is located in an uncontaminated area, whose aspect is certainly wild although it is easily reachable as it is right next to an important and connecting foothill road. The most widespread impression among visitors is of incredulity and astonishment in seeing how much naturalistic beauty is well preserved and harmoniously balanced at the same time in a context where human intervention is clearly visible, as evidenced by the presence of important infrastructures.
The footpath leading to the waterfall is full of attractions, such as crystalline and fresh water springs which allow a live teaching on the precious gift that originates from the mysterious ravines of the earth; a “vullu”, a dialect word to indicate the small pools of water that are formed along the course of the streams and rivers in the mountain traits, where the light – filtered by the dense vegetation – creates wonderful colors and extraordinary reflections on the water; a “pagliaro”, that is to say a traditional hut of shepherds, peasants and woodsmen, used as a shelter (for cooking, eating, sleeping) and built with wooden poles, fagots (locally called “frasche”) of myrtle and common broom.
Of significant interest is the masonry arch bridge that crosses the Campanaro River. Built in the previous century and partially destroyed by aerial bombardments during the Second World War, it was rebuilt without modifying its original architecture. Today it represents an admirable engineering work carried out by local craftsmen, notoriously skilled in the art of building constructions.
Along the path, partly dug directly into the rock, characteristic wooden bridges allow to cross the river, whose banks are rich in vegetation (willow, manna tree and many other species not only of floristic interest but also of historical and cultural concern). On the rocky walls the presence of intertwining holly oak roots creates fascinating anastomosis.
The waterfall is about 22 meters high and of modest flow rate. It is immersed in an idyllic environment, similar to the one that characterizes humid forests, made enchanting by the reflections of light on the water and on the rock and also enriched by the presence of beautiful and rare ferns, like the Pterid of Crete.
The widespread presence of red algae that covers the boulders placed on the bed of the stream makes it a distinctive trait of this corner of nature.