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Fosso della Matassa

The abandoned village called Scoppio stands in a well defendable position, perched on a rock (the Scoppio) amidst the valleys of two normally dry streams that come together at the foot of the cliff. They are the two branches of Fosso della Matassa.
You arrive at Scoppio after some kilometers of dirt roads, almost deserted. The village welcomes you with the silence or the breath of breeze, and the beautiful view of the mountains of Umbria and the woods on the steep sides of the valley below. While walking through the remains of the village (the ancient walls, the church, some ruined house) you enjoy peace and beauty. It's worth coming here, no matter if you don't know that the two valleys below are actually two gorges.
But if you know it, you can also enjoy the nice dryfalls and the corridors of Fosso della Matassa canyon. And this surely makes the day more complete.

Name Fosso della Matassa
Area Umbria
Nearest village Acquasparta
Elevation loss 120 m
Length 500 m - 750 m
Highest cascade 12 m
Rock Limestone, pink scaglia
Shuttle No
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Known since the '90s, the gorges of Fosso della Matassa have been traveled by skilled canyoneers as well as by beginners, coming from Italy and other countries.
However, they are still solitary gorges, a place where the only sounds you hear are your steps on the gravel bed and the breeze blowing through the trees.

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