canyon exploring with Michele Angileri
Fosso Acqua Forte
The gentle and uniform landscape of the hills north of Rome is largely due to the gigantic volcanic explosions which, starting from 600,000 years ago, covered the paleosoil of Lazio with great thicknesses of volcanic ash and lapilli which time transformed into tuff . Once the volcanic cycle was over, the fertile hills were rapidly colonized by plants and then by Man, who drew the sustenance necessary for the development of extraordinary civilizations from these rich soils and mild climate. Man sculpted the soft volcanic rocks to obtain homes, tombs, underground aqueducts, and blocks of tufa to build homes and bridges and everything else, and extracted and cut the hardest rocks to pave the streets with something that would stand the test of time, without perhaps imagining that all this would have survived up to the present day.
Today the hills north of Rome host vast cultivated areas but also woods that have reappeared due to the abandonment of agricultural activities, and villages,
and villas with swimming pools, ...
I remember ...
Over the years, the desire for Nature grows and spreads among people. The multitudes who populate Rome living in an artificial world made of asphalt and concrete, go out as soon as they can in search of beautiful natural environments on the surrounding mountains and hills, discovering corners of beauty that they did not imagine could have survived the heavy urbanization of the territory. Internet and the social networks allow for the instantaneous diffusion of experiences and the informations about such places.
It was precisely on a social network that I saw the photo of Acqua Forte waterfall, being struck by its particular beauty but also amazed that such an unknown place
was located a few kilometers from home, and moreover in a place where I had gone several times 30 years earlier, to walk, to visit some ancient ruin or aqueduct.
And it wasn't the only waterfall in the area: on the Internet I immediately found information about other itineraries, in some cases adventurous, which led nto other falls
in the Veio Park.
The descent of Acqua Forte marked the beginning of the second phase of my research and exploration of canyoning routes in the vast volcanic region of Latium.
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