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Fosso della Palombara
The forest of the steep rocky sides of Velino Gorges hides an unsuspectable narrow canyon, dug by a stream that disappeared at the end of ice age. So, descending the Fosso della Palombara gives two unusual views on the splendid environment of Velino Gorges. The first is the present view: just watch and be surprised by how much can be varied and complex an environment that, seen from the outside, looks like a uniform expanse of woods and steep cliffs. The second point of view is that of the past, but it needs a bit of imagination, not much really, to believe to see the bed of round stones (now covered by a layer of soil and leaves), hear the sound of waterfalls and breathe water spray.
I remember ...
After the exploration of Fosso di Portella
I asked myself if there were other canyons on that side of the mountain. By the map, the most promising creek seemed the one aside Portella, less
than 1 km away: its name was Fosso della Palombara.
Years later, in autumn 2001, Giancarlo Cicconi started to go on those mountains searching for canyons. He began with Valle Scura tributaries, and
most of them were fossil valleys with a lot of vegetation and blackberry bush.
Since you seem to like descending fossil canyons i>, I said, I know one that's still unexplored and should be free from thorns and vegetation;
it surely has some dryfalls, and it has substantial difference in height ... I hadn't explored it because I don't like fossil canyons ... Go and
explore, if you like!.
Many years later I finally descended the Palombara, and now I'm sure: I was a fool leaving the exploration of Palombara to Cicconi!
Photos and video by Michele Angileri and Andrea Pucci
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