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Fosso di Stipes (Fosso dei Vignaletti)

Very near to Turano dam, clearly visible from the village of Posticciola, a stream descends to river Turano coming from the countryside of Stipes. It is a few engaged canyon, from which you can exit at every point. In summer some flow remains, there are pools and a few beautiful waterfalls set in a pristine environment, home of the spectacled salamander (which lives only in the Appennines).
A waterfall is particularly beautiful, engaged under a nice stone arch.

Name Fosso di Stipes (Fosso dei Vignaletti)
Area Lazio, Valle del Turano
Nearest village Stipes (Rieti)
Elevation loss 150 m
Length 700 m
Highest cascade 22 m
Rock Limestone
Rating3 (winter, spring)
Shuttle No
Explored by About in 1994 I went through this few engaged canyon without ropes, avoiding waterfalls by exiting the canyon and re-entering at waterfall's bottom. In june 29th 2004 I went through this canyon again rappelling the waterfalls together with Paolo Forconi.


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I remember ...

My way of going through canyons changed with the years. So today I see canyons in a way that is different from it was some years ago. Now I can see a beautiful canyon where once I saw nothing interesting.

This happened with Fosso di Stipes. About in 1994 I discovered this few engaged canyon, and I did a sharp recognition, at the end of which I judged the canyon not interesting, simply because stream never encloses in narrows. But something remained in my head, and as the years passed I sometimes found myself thinking of that little canyon and the beautiful waterfall under the stone-arch. So one day I decided to go there again, with rope and wetsuit. And the Fosso di Stipes looked much different than the first time. My friend Paolo and I really liked the canyon, and the same happened to those who descended it in the following years.

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