If you love swimming in blue waters but you don’t particularly like going to the beach, there is a valid alternative for you right here in Tuscany. I’m talking about natural waterfalls!
In Versilia, there are several waterfalls of fresh (sometimes icy!) water – the three most popular are situated in Casoli di Camaiore, Candalla and Malbacco.
Let’s go there together! I recommend you wear comfortable sandals and a bathing suit!
Casoli is an ancient town built on the winding and picturesque river of Lombricese. It is located 403 meters above sea level, nestled on the foothills of Mount Matanna. It can be reached by taking the road that leads first to Vado and then to Metato and Lombrici; note the road is about ten kilometers long and full of curves and bends. Once you arrive at the cemetery of Casoli, you have to take a dirt road and in about ten minutes you will reach the river.
The clear water flows between the green of the surrounding hills and fills the pools under every jump. During the week, it is a really quiet and relaxing place but during the weekends it is frequented by locals as well as many tourists, who come here as they travel along the Old Mills Trail (“Itinerario turistico-ambientale Opifici del Lombricese”).
In the same area as Casoli, Candalla is also in the hills of Camaiore. It is immersed in an extraordinary environment that stretches from the Apuan Alps to the Versilia seaside. Candalla is located behind Camaiore, not far from the village of Vado and next to an old mill where a wooded path of great charm originated. You can walk along the banks of the river Lombricese, where you can find the ruins of some old factories (such as mills) and where the equipment and systems are still visible. The contrast between the natural beauty of the river and the architecture of these early industrial structures is remarkable.
Crossing the river on the smooth stones, you will reach the walls where climbers have been climbing since 1980s. These walls are fully equipped and there are various levels of difficulty. The water of the river is cold and crystalline and in many basins that are connected by smaller waterfalls and that you can swim in.
Imagine a day in the silence of nature, immersed in the natural paradise of Candalla… what an extremely pleasurable experience!
The third waterfall is called Malbacco and it is situated in the town of Seravezza. Here there is a river, called the Serra, which flows into another river, the Vezza (hence the name Seravezza, these generate the Versilia river). In Malbacco, the show of the river, the jumps of the water and the pools are impressive. There are many basins in Malbacco but the best known is a big one – it’s a 10-meter-high waterfall that some people dive into. The water is crystalline and the waterfall is surrounded by lush vegetation.
To reach Malbacco, follow the directions for Pietrasanta, than for Vallecchia. Then follow the road along the river, cross a bridge and turn right. After Corvaia, Seravezza, and Riomagno, you’ll find Malbacco.