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Forra di Monte Marte (Fosso della Contea)

On the hills between Todi and Orvieto you find the most authentic and charming Umbria, made of little castles and medieval villages in the countryside, surrounded by mediterranean woods and bushes. Landscape is sweet, open, quiet.
Most hills are made of sandstone, but in a few places there's limestone too, and here streams dug canyons of pure beauty, known to canyoneers from all Europe: Prodo and Fosso del Bagno.

Another extraordinary canyon opens in the red marl-limestone of the cliff of Monte Marte. It is a tight and dark meander, scary though easy to be covered.

Name Forra di Monte Marte (Fosso della Contea)
Area Umbria
Nearest village Todi
Entrance altitude (above sea level) 250 m
Exit altitude (above sea level) 230 m
Length 250 m
Longest rappel 5 m
Rock Red marl-limestone
Shuttle No
Explored by First canyoning descent: Michele Angileri, Andrea Pucci; november 16th 2008
Canyon walls had been visited by cavers from Todi and Terni searching for unknown caves


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I remember ...

That tight, deep dark corridor was a big surprise for us. We didn't expect such a scary canyon amidst the sweet hills of Todi.
When we reached the point where the walls join we feared stream was going underground: a siphon might have stopped us in a trap.
A bit forward narrows enlarged, then canyon ended. We felt relief (no more danger from that point on) but we felt also regret for the end of such an unusual majestic beauty ...

Photos and video by Michele Angileri e Andrea Pucci

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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