Cascate del Serio

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Coordinates: 46°03′42″N 10°02′11″E / 46.06167°N 10.03639°E / 46.06167; 10.03639

The impressive jump of Cascate del Serio.
The Orobic Alps surrounding the waterfalls

The Serio Falls (Italian: Cascate del Serio) are the tallest waterfall in Italy, and one of the major ones in Europe. They are located approximately 100 km from Milan, near the village of Valbondione, in the upper Valle Seriana, Province of Bergamo, Lombardy, Northern Italy.

The falls are composed of three main steps, respectively 166, 74 and 75 metres tall; taken together the falls have a drop of 315 m (more than 1000 ft).

The falls are formed by the Serio River, at a short distance from its source in the Bergamo Alps.


The waterfalls were closed in 1931 when the Barbellino Dam was constructed, forming the reservoir known as the Lago di Barbellino; they were only re-opened in 1969. Since 1969 they have normally been opened four or five days annually, thanks to an agreement between the comune of Valbondione and ENEL, the National Electric Energy Corporation. Between 1975 and 1977 the falls were permanently open due to dam restoration works.


A legend narrates that a lady in the village loved a shepherd, and she was jealous about his fiancee, so she captured her and closed her in a castle. The poor girl began to cry, and the flood of tears was transformed into the torrents that create the falls.

Opening days[edit]

Opening days for 2012 are: Domenica 24/6/2012 - from 11:00 to 11:30am; Sabato 21/7/2012 - from 21:30 to 22:00, apertura notturna abbinata alla Camminata Enogastronomica "La Cascata tra notte e gusto"; Domenica 19/8/2012 - from 11:00 to 11:30am; Domenica 16/9/2012 - from 11:00 to 11:30am; Domenica 07/10/2012 - from 11:00 to 11:30am;

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