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canyon exploring with Michele Angileri

Fosso Santo Chirico

The steep eastern side of Monti Lucretili is covered of lush woods and spots of rock walls where eagles (the few survived in this part of Italy) make their nests. Medieval villages, silent and clean, look like white islands in a sea of green. Farmgrounds are down, aside the streams rich in water coming from karst springs. A little above the olive groves go up on hillsides, to stop where forest begins.

In this typical landscape of Sabina we find the steep canyon of Fosso Santo Chirico. Its high mossy waterfalls fed by permanent karst springs, look like a piece of a wonderful Italian Garden.

Name Fosso Santo Chirico
Area Lazio, Monti Lucretili
Nearest village Civitella di Licenza
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 775 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 635 m
Length 300 m
Longest rappel 30 m
Rock Limestone
Shuttle Possible, not indispensable
Explored by Michele Angileri, Andrea Pucci; june 7th 2009
Canyon was formerly descended by climbers from Tivoli, while repairing the pipeline that goes through first 2 cascades


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I remember ...

No big canyons, no long and tight narrows are still hiding in the vicinity of Roma: that's what the sweet rounded shapes of the hills covered by dense woods seem to say. However there are valleys I had never seen: forgotten valleys becoming wilder since they were abandoned by farmers, shepherds, loggers, hunters, ...
The paradox: despite population growth, while countryside is being covered with concrete, wild nature is rising again a few kilometers away from Roma ...

I don't think there are big things hiding in these wild mild valleys. I am looking for a wild candy, mossy cascades and/or green pools surrounded by lush woods.
Something like Fosso Santo Chirico.

There's still something to find for me in the vicinity of Roma.

Photographs in this website show ultralight ropes (6 mm ropes made of high tenacity fibers). Read multimedia book Ultralight ropes canyoning technique to learn how to use them.

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