canyon exploring with Michele Angileri

Forra di Vietri

The village of Vietri di Potenza rises perched on the wall of a deep stately canyon.

Name Forra di Vietri
Area Basilicata
Nearest village Vietri di Potenza
Elevation loss 50 m
Length 900 m
Highest cascade 10 m
Rock Limestone
Rating6
Shuttle Possible
Explored by Michele Angileri, Carlo Scappaticci; july 21 2015

 

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I remember ...

I spent almost the whole summer 1999 at work. By chance I had been hired as a teacher in an intensive vocational training course, which took place from June to September. The pay was good and the money needed ... so at the beginning of summer I accompanied my wife and daughter in Calabria and returned to work in Lazio. I went in Calabria every two weeks to spend a little time with family, not more than a couple of days.

The road to Calabria is long and the landscape is always the same ... unless you do a different road! the travel gets longer but also more interesting :-) That's how I passed at Vietri and noticed the canyon. Of course I did a short reconnaissance: canyon looked beautiful but also polluted, as often happens to canyons that are at the foot of a village.
Because my sport is called "canyoning" and not "garbaging" I decided not to explore it.

16 years after I returned to Vietri, just to take a look on canyon's conditions. I had a nice surprise: the conditions of the stream had improved a lot. The City had evidently better organized waste management, and the citizens of Vietri had developed a greater sense of civic duty. The floods of the river had done the rest.
And the canyon was still unexplored!

Then it's fate, I told myself ... The time has come!

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