Fiumelatte source

FIUMELATTE SOURCE

WHERE THE SHORTEST RIVER IN ITALY IS BORN

◇ NATURE ◇

250m

LENGTH

EASY

DIFFICULTY

MAR-OCT

PERIOD

FROM THE SOURCE TO THE LAKE IN ONLY 250 M

THE WHITE-MILK WATER STREAM

Fiumelatte is to be numbered among the shortest water-courses in Italy, developing only for 250 m. from its source to the dive into the lake. It hurls down the valley with an average gradient of 36° and for this reason its roaring waters are foamy, among the huge rocks scattered along its riverbed, giving it an incredible milk-white colour, a phenomenon from wich it gets the name.
It is an impermanent river as its waters are seasonal: they appear very quickly towards the end of March and then they disappear, as if by magic, about October.

“Anomalous” periods of activity or of dryness are not rare and they must be traced to the dry spells or to the rainfalls of the season.
Along the centuries the river has excited the curiosity of many persons: even Leonardo, who mentions the “Fiumelaccio” in the paper 214 of The Atlantic Code.

HOW TO REACH THE SOURCE

Walking towards south from Piazza San Giorgio after about 200 meters there is Via Roma that goes up to the small square of the Cemetery. Here, on the left, there’s a short flight of steps that gets steeper and steeper but at the end it starts a track parallel to the lake which runs along the side of the mountain and reaches the Fiumelatte.

For those wishing to stop near the source, a small but well-equipped picnic area is located right on the edge of the river.

Fiumelatte source Varenna
Fiumelatte source Varenna

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