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Torrente Campanaro

The south-eastern part of Sila massif (the so-called Sila Piccola) has been the object of attention and frequentation by hikers and nature lovers, much more than other parts of the massif. This has brought the knowledge of hidden details of the land that in other portions of the massif remain unknown and ignored: waterfalls and cascades, in particular.

Most of them have been found in the communes of Zagarise e Sersale. Local administrations and people have been particularly attentive in addressing the tourist development towards gorges and waterfalls. An excellent network of paths has been created to allow people reaching the most beautiful waterfalls and the easiest gorges.

The most known cascades are along Campanaro creek, which flows through a canyon hidden amidst the woods.

Name Torrente Campanaro
Area Calabria, Sila
Nearest village Sersale
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 620 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 430 m
Length 1500 m
Longest rappel 37 m
Rock Granite, gneiss
Shuttle No
Explored by First canyoning descent: Michele Angileri, Antonio Trocino; august 25 2011


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Despite the signed paths and the numerous tourists visiting the cascades, no one had ever tought to stream Campanaro as a canyoning trail.
Antonio and I did it, and it was worth: we lived a day in a nature garden made of pools, narrows, granite and waterfalls.
And when rappelling the highest waterfall, known as Cascata delle Rupe, we realized it was not 57 m high as it's written on tourist booklets, but "only" 37 m.

Photographs in this website show ultralight ropes (6 mm ropes made of high tenacity fibers). Read multimedia book Ultralight ropes canyoning technique to learn how to use them.

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