Waterfalls of the Dardagna
Have you ever wondered if it was possible to see a truly dream place in Emilia Romagna? Well I do … And if you continue reading this short article, you will find that the answer is YES .
I am Marco Cavicchi and today I will take you with me to one of the most enchanting places of the Bolognese hills, more exactly to the 7 waterfalls of Dardagna, near the Corno the stairs.
Also this time I am in the company of my trusted travel companion, Gianni, and on an autumn Sunday morning we decide to go to the Dardagna waterfalls, and after just over an hour and a half from Bologna city we find ourselves completely immersed in the green of a forest with in the center the beautiful Sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Acero, which will be our starting point.
The first waterfall
Here we are, we start walking along the path 333, which after about 20 minutes of light walking completely in the middle of the trees, takes us to the first waterfall.
We hear the pleasant sound of water gushing in the distance and it gets louder and louder, until we see it after passing over a small wooden bridge.
We are pleasantly surprised by its beauty, about 10 meters high and slamming on two larger rocks forms this sort of really suggestive natural slide.
After admiring it intensely we proceed along the path, always surrounded by large and proud green trees, with some orange leaves, as if to remind us that winter is coming.
Creating a very special color game, thanks to the rays of light that penetrate the dense vegetation.
The second waterfalls of the Dardagna
This section becomes quite steep and the effort is felt, but fortunately it will not last long, in fact in less than no time we get to the second waterfall, completely different from the previous one.
In fact, in front of a huge boulder that creates a very interesting perspective game, the vegetation gives way to the rock, and the water drops to the wall creating a column almost without splashes.
But its peculiarity is that observing it from the bottom up, the water seems to descend directly from the roots of the trees that rise above the rock face.
For the more adventurous ones, I suggest climbing the giant rock and being photographed, the result would be a perfect shot from a Facebook profile or maybe an Instagram Stories.
The third waterfall
Photos aside we resume the journey, and even in this case after a few minutes we arrive at the third waterfall, the one that I think is the most beautiful, describing it becomes difficult because it is truly majestic both in height and width. / p>
It stands out from the others thanks to the vegetation on the feet that forms like a botanical garden, rich in various types of plants, some with broad leaves and other more common, it will sound strange, but the impression I had was that of find myself in some tropical forest in the south of the world.
Above all this magnificent green is precisely the waterfall, very high and impressive, with the roar of water on the rock properly polished, and the typical almost deafening sound of waterfalls.
Gianni and I were surprised by his beauty, so much to spend a full half-hour in his admiration, until we decide to resume our outing, meeting Sara along the way, a girl who like us had come to spend a Sunday outside the city, so we decide to proceed together, but unfortunately we will not find more waterfalls.
In fact we have searched the path unnecessarily, probably those that we considered single are actually more waterfalls.
The horn refuge the stairs
It would be worthwhile to deepen better with a local guide, however we decide to continue towards the horn refuge the stairs.
From here the path will be all along the thick bush, where we also risked getting lost, but despite the various ups and downs we arrive at your destination, we rest about an hour and descend again along the same path until you reach the Sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Acero.
In conclusion I can assure you that seeing the falls of Dardagna is really worth it, if you are a family with children I think it’s the perfect outing for a Sunday out of town, also because the path is well done and safe.
You will not need to get to the shelter, which by the way would be quite tiring and long, but you just have to get to the Sanctuary by car, and continue through the undergrowth by crossing all the Dardagna waterfalls.
If you liked this excursion, why not try those of the Monte Adone?
Greetings from Marco
The incurable Traveler Marco Cavicchi