The Falls of Chia
by Isabelle Tobe USAC intern
Just a twenty-five-minute drive from Viterbo, lies a small waterfall that is uniquely situated in-between giant slabs of volcanic rock, historic Etruscan ruins, and moss-covered everything. Visitors may walk on to the falls themselves or alongside. Paths, which hug the river, lead you through worn tunnels and remnants of medieval life. The falls of Chia are located in a small, forest-filled town, Soriano nel Cimino, just outside of Viterbo.
This waterfall is a hidden treasure, and not heavily visited by tourists, making it a perfect destination for a relaxing afternoon getaway. The aquamarine water and the lush, wild vegetation is sure to offer a soothing experience for all ages and types of visitors.
If looking for another adventure, visitors may be interested in taking a short walk to the Tower of Chia. This tower stands 42 meters tall and is the last remaining piece of a medieval complex that had been destroyed. The tower gained popularity in the ‘70s after Pierpaolo Pasolini, a famous Italian writer and director, bought the castle and inhabited in after renovations. Now, it is open for anyone to go see.
Before heading to the beautiful falls and castle remains, I would advise visitors to wear sneakers, as the falls can get muddy and somewhat slippery. Packing a picnic could also be a great idea as there is plenty of sitting room on and next to the falls.