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