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Tuorno Waterfall – a weekend between Basilicata and Campania. Part 1.


Basilicata is a lovely region with the capital in Potenza. Even if Potenza itself is not so worth visiting, Basilicata definitely is.

The region boorders on Campania, Apulia, and Calabria. And like many regions in Italy, is partly covered with mountains and has access to the sea. I’ve been to Basilicata enjoying its mountains, but have never been to any of its beaches. And they look pretty well according to google photos. And like many mountain places, Basilicata happens to quake.

We spent a weekend in Basilicata and Kampania, and it was enough time for hiking to the waterfall del Tuorno, rafting, and visiting Grotte di Petrosa.  And to sleep of course.

Tourno Waterfall (Cascate Del Tuorno) – how to get there.

The Tuorno Waterfall is located in Savoia di Lucania, a town in Basilicata almost on the border with Campania.
Of course as usual we used GPS, but to get there from Savoia di Lucania you have to take the provincial road 58 towards Vietri and after about 3 km you will find a car park on the right side of the road with a large board with a map of the area. We parked there, however, if you drive another 100 m through the forest path, you’ll find the park.


A board with the map and the paths.


What to expect in the forest on the way to Tuorno waterfall.

There are several paths around the forest. We did one of them that leading to the river, another to the picnic area, and two of them to the waterfalls – one big and one small. Because the tracks are in the forest, you are not exposed to the sun, which is nice if the day is hot.

The beginning of the trackt to the waterfall.


The path to the waterfalls is probably the best-maintained track I’ve ever seen in southern Italy.

The paths in the forest are well-maintained.


It is a mostly trodden, quite wide road, with handrails. Nevertheless, it is very up and down, sometimes the descent, and then the ascent is at such an angle that people who have problems with their knees (like me) or legs in general, are unlikely to be delighted with this path .At some point the track splits into two parts, one path leads to a large waterfall, and the other to a small one.

How to get to the bigger waterfall.

We decided to go first part of the Tuorno waterfall, which is bigger (Cascata Grande). According to the signpost should be around 50 min walk, mainly down.

The sign showing directions to the waterfalls.


After crossing a wooden bridge, you won’t find any signs, but you won’t get lost.

A small wooden bridge you have to cross.


The track is still pretty visible, however, it is different. Instead of the comfortably beaten path, you can walk along the river on stones or along the path above the river. You will walk surrounded by greenery.

A path along the river.


We walked on stones, and I believe if you choose the other option, at some point you will have anyway to go on the stones on the shore of the river (or maybe the ‘stream’ is a better word) if you want to get to the cascade. Going along the river was actually very nice, as the river is nice. And we were surrounded by greenery.


You have to cross the stream though, so we did it walking on branches that were in it.

There were some more complicated parts of the route, mainly because the stones are very slippery in places. Just before the waterfall, you have to do a bit of gymnastics (but mainly because of the slippery stones and in my case – knees) and climb up and down quite high stones. I made one of these descents on my buttocks. And then you can enjoy the view of  Tuorno Waterfall.

The Waterfall Tuorno is just behind me.


If you are valiant, you can try bathing under the waterfall. We tried and the water was freezing.


How to find the smaller waterfall.

Then we decided to see the smaller waterfall. Crossing back the bridge we chose a track on the right and it turned out that it leads to the river. This part of the track wasn’t maintent so well, but still not so bad, except for one place which was rather neglected and steep.


Very inconvenient to go down and up. This path ended right next to the river, so we decided to go back and find a smaller waterfall. We get back climbing up again. After 30 – 40  min we we came to a point where there was a sign warning that the rest of the trail is for experienced hikers.

And indeed this section of the path, although very short, is more difficult because it is slippery and there are boulders that you have to climb.

I wouldn’t say it is very difficult, but I certainly do not recommend it to anyone who likes easy routes. There’s a bit where you have to climb/go down handling a tape.

This is the more difficult part of the path.


I caught the tape wrongly and slipped off the rock, bruising my leg. When you get over slippery rocks, you will find yourself on a wooden footbridge running along a rock wall. 

The wooden foodbridge.


At the end of it, there is a hole, a kind of small cave that you have to crawl through to see a small waterfall. We were going to do it because thanks to the video we knew what awaited us. But the video we saw was shot in the summer when it was dry. When we were there, it was wet and muddy, and we weren’t ready for it. We gave up.

Before going to Polla, where we stayed for one night in the hotel ‘Belvedere‘ we went to a park, which name I don’t remember.

However, it was a nice pllace, where people were having late picnics. There are also some paths with falling stones, and and old watermill.

Later we just went to the hotel to sleep.

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