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Friday, June 1, 2012
3:01 PM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
Although only visible for a portion of each year, when it is flowing, the Cascata del Toce waterfall is the second-highest in all of Europe -- 143 meters tall and 60 meters wide at its base. It is located in the Formazza valley, really just about on the border with Switzerland.
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I visited the Toce waterfall last August, on a beautiful day at the height of the season. We went by car from Stresa, which is the easiest way to reach the somewhat remote location. The drive took about one hour, first on the highway and then on smaller and smaller roads through some picturesque villages. Finally, coming around a bend, one is gifted with the first, and maybe most impressive, view of the falls. By following this road just a little more we traveled up the hill, reaching the top, where there is a large parking area.
There is no barrier, no fence, no area one must stay in. There is a bridge that crosses the water; on one side is the calm Lake Morasco reservoir; on the other, the falls descend directly over the edge. There is a wooden platform built out over the descending side, giving a very up-close and scary view of the falling water.
Look closely below the platform and to the right. You can see people walking on a footpath along the edge. These paths go along both sides of the fall and continue all the way down to the fields at the bottom. Again, note that they have no rails and are directly on the edge. I did not do this.
I did stand on the platform though, taking this shot of the water tumbling down. Unfortunately there is no sense of height or depth, or certainly not of the roaring sound and the spray of the water. That's why you must go and see it for yourself.
Back down at the bottom, it's quiet and tranquil. There are walking paths here as well, and people picnicking in the fields. These fields are also the site of the opening night fireworks of the Fireworks World Championship competitions that take place each summer. An estimated 10,000 people make their way to this field each year for the event.
The 2012 season at Cascata del Toce begins on June 3. In 2011, the tourist office Distretto Turistico dei Laghi ran organized bus tours during the summer; if available this would be a great option for those who don't want to drive here. If you do drive, putting Cascata del Toce, Formazza into your GPS will provide you with good directions to get here.
Hours of operation in 2012:
Opening day: Sunday, June 3: 10 AM - 4 PM
Sundays and public holidays: 10 AM - 4 PM
Weekdays from June 10 - August 9: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Weekdays from August 10 - 20: 10 AM - 4 PM
August 15 and 16: 10 AM - 6 PM
Closing day: Sunday, September 30, 10 AM - 4 PM
You'll find more about the falls and visiting this region at: valformazza.it
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The Cascata del Toce falls are far up in the northern corner of Italy; remote and very close to Switzerland.
photo credits: distance photos courtesy of Wikipedia and valformazza.it all other photos copyrighted property of stresa sights
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