Natural Monument of the Ravines

Natural Monument of the Ravines

The park below Corchiano

The Natural Monument of the Ravines of Corchiano, offers a vision of a characteristic landscape of the Agro Falisco, in its unspoilt natural beauty. After a stroll through the old town centre, it will take you only a few steps to find yourself immersed in the greenest of nature.

The protected reserve stretches along the course of the Rio Fratta, a stream which flows within the ravines beneath the old town centre of Corchiano. This area has always had an important part to play in the history of the town. Within the reserve much has been discovered throughout the years: prehistoric caves, Faliscan road constructions, ancient hydraulic systems, even a Roman bridge from the 3rd century A.C and part of the Via Amerina.

The numerous properties belonging to this protected territory, make of it a unique location, were the beauty of nature and the appeal for exploration come together. 

Cascata nel Monumento Naturale delle Forre

Cascata nel Monumento Naturale delle Forre

Via cava di Sant'Egidio - Tagliata falisca

Via cava di Sant'Egidio - Tagliata falisca

Direzione via cava della Spigliara

Direzione via cava della Spigliara

Ponte Romano nel Monumento Naturale delle Forre

Ponte Romano nel Monumento Naturale delle Forre

The fauna of the ravines

The fauna of the reserve is rich and varied. Characteristic species can be encountered, such as Miller’s water shrew and the hazel dormouse (rodent), as well as skunks, martens, wild boars, porcupines, foxes, door-mice, badgers, beech-martens, and the rare wild-cat. As for the aquatic wildlife, the streams are populated by curious creatures such as the spectacled salamander and the Apennines frog. Numerous species of birds can also be spotted in the area: kingfishers, moorhens, both green and greater spotted woodpeckers, hoopoes, nightingales, feral pigeons and buzzards.

 

The vegetation in the ravines

For 42 hectares, the vegetation spreads over this volcanic land, crossed by the flowing of brooks and small waterfalls. It is a lavish and heterogeneous ecosystem, both fluvial and rocky, wooded and agrarian. All the way down along the valley floor, flanked by the depths of the cliffs and the walls of tufa stone, the visitors are immersed in an enchantingly enigmatic atmosphere.

The protected area was declared a natural monument by the Region of Lazio in 2008. The reserve is easily reachable: once beyond the Monument to the Fallen in Via Roma, heading in the direction of the Church of Sant’Egidio, a Faliscan path, lined by walls cut into tufa stone, will lead you into the valley.

 

Keep yourself in touch with nature, the Natural Monument of the Ravines is one of the must experiences the Agro Falisco offers to its visitors. Visit also the WWF Oasis Pian Sant'Angelo!

Where is the Natural Monument of the Ravines

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