Rifugio Antonio Curò

Dove la natura è di casa

  • Il Curò d

    Lo spettacolo della neve

  • Gare eventi e raduni

    Il rifugio Curò ospita eventi e gare per chi vuole confrontarsi con un ambiente unico

  • Conca del Gleno

    Salendo sopra il lago Barbellino verso il Gleno con in primo piano il Monte Costone a sinistra e I corni neri a Destra

  • Le cime principali nel versante nord

    Tutte le principali cime del versante nord del Barbellino

The first description of this waterfall can be found in chronicles written by sixteenth century travellers. For example, Giovanni Maironi da Ponte described the waterfall as "a place where you can wash away the bitterness of life”. In the nineteenth century, the publishing house Vallardi published a book entitled “La terra, trattato popolare di geografia universal”. On p.407 of this book, next to the Niagara Falls, there is a detailed description of this waterfall.

The waterfall (a.k.a. Le cascate del Serio) is the tallest in Italy at 315 m and the second tallest in Europe. It consists of three jumps: the first of 106m, the second of 74m and finally a 75m drop. The dam that holds the mass of water that is then released to make the waterfall was completed in November 1931. Before man interfered with nature, the water flowed naturally from the south side of the Barbellino plane.

Between 1969 and 1991 the magnificent waterfall was only released once a year in July (except between 1975 and 1977 when the lake behind the dam was emptied for maintenance work and the waterfall could be seen every day).  

In 1991 it became possible to see this event twice a year, on the third Sunday of July and the first Sunday of September.

Currently it is possible to admire the waterfall 5 times a year. The dates differ each year, but generally take place between the months of June and October.  

When the water is released from the reservoir known as the Barbellino Lake, the waterfall is met by a huge applause from its numerous spectators followed by the thunderous noise caused by the impact of the water. 










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OPTION ONE:(the shortest and easiest route)
Route: upon arrival at Valbondione, proceed to the area of the village known as Grumetti. Leave your car behind and follow the dirt track for about 30minutes until you reach Maslana (1168m.a.sl.). Once you have passed this traditional mountain village, cross the medieval bridge called Piccinella, under which the Serio River flows. Follow the footpath to the left in a northerly direction for 15 minutes until you reach the view point of the spectacular 315m waterfall.
Height climbed: from 879m in Valbondione to approx. 1200 m.
Journey time: 45 minutes approx.
Difficulty: easy
Rest point: bar in Maslana.
Equipment: walking clothes and boots advised to make your hike more enjoyable and safer. 


Route: from Valbondione take footpath n.305 which leads to the Refuge Curò.
Height climbed: from 879m in Valbondione to 1915m at the refuge Curò.
Journey time: 3 hours uphill and 1 hour 30min downhill.
Difficulty: easy
Rest points: there is no drinking water on route 
Refuge Curò: 0346 / 44076 open every day in July / Aug / Sept. 
Open weekends in May / June / Oct.
Equipment: as above  


Route: From Valbondione cross the River Serio before you reach the ENEL power plant and take the footpath n.301 that joins up with the main Orobie Centro Orientali footpath and leads to the Refuge Coca. From there, follow the footpath n.303 until you reach the refuge Curò.
Height climbed: from 879 m. in Valbondione to 1892 m.
Journey time: 3 hours to the Refuge Coca and a further 3 hours to reach the Refuge Curò.
Difficulty: medium
Rest points: there is no drinking water on route
Refuge Coca: 0346 / 44035 open every day July / Aug / Sept. 
Festivi/prefestivi May / June / Oct.  


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