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Gole di San Venanzio
From the Subequana Valley, river Aterno descends to the Peligna Valley through the imposing San Venanzio Gorges, delimited by inaccessible walls and hanging woods.
However, the inaccessibility has not prevented man from frequenting these places since ancient times.
The parietal paintings on gorge's walls testify to the presence of prehistoric man, while the remains of roads dug into the walls are due to the Peligni and the Romans,
who also dug the incredible underground aqueduct of the ┘ccole, which for millennia and until a few decades ago brought water from Molina springs to Raiano.
The extraordinary historical richness of these places adds to the extraordinary shapes sculpted by the river, the beauty of the woods and the walls and, why not ?, the coolness of the river and the pleasant effort of a canyoning descent, relatively simple in the right season.
I remember ...
In winter and spring San Venanzio Gorges are a difficult river kayak itinerary, with narrow rapids, siphons, non-navigable points ...
To be honest, descending it canyoning-style I found it too rough for kayaks, but evidently the beauty of the Gorges was enough to motivate paddlers to cover the entire
part that goes from the Tiburtina-Valeria bridge to that of the Raiano-Vittorito road.
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