HYDRA / Multimedia Museum of the Marmore Waterfalls, Terni, Italy

The Multimedia Museum of the Marmore Waterfalls is a new space that aims to increase the attractiveness of the area of the Mamore Falls, rediscovering values ​​and adding meanings to the visit: a door to the territory, its history and its many points of interest.

The beauty and complexity of the landscape of the Marmore Falls (“Cascata delle Marmore”) and its extraordinary story are narrated through the use of cutting-edge digital and physical technologies (videomapping on plastic models, three-dimensional models, projections, augmented and immersive reality installations), allowing visitors to understand and enrich their visit to the waterfall with interesting topics, and to live a unique sensory and cultural experience.

The “Cascata delle Marmore”, as we know it today, is a work of the ingenuity of man started 2300 years ago. This work changed the hydraulic structure of the lakes and rivers that form it, for land reclamation as well as for the exploitation of energy and for the improvement of living conditions.

The Marmore Falls is therefore an artificial waterfall, with its 165 m the highest in Europe, the result of the work and ingenuity of many generations; a great work of hydraulic architecture, like the great works of European cathedrals, whose beauty has been praised and reproduced by illustrious artists, which with its millenary history represents an extraordinary story of human relationship with nature.

The Marmore Falls shows how man has done his utmost, since Roman times, to design and build hydraulic works, first by draining the waters of the Velino river and reclaiming  the lands of its riverbed, then using the energy of water.

Starting from the second half of the nineteenth century this territory was revolutionized for the exploitation of hydraulic energy as driving force of factories, up to the creation and development of the great industrial center in Terni: the territory was transformed thanks to impressive infrastructures, becoming a complex system made of dams, tunnels, pipelines, power plants, factories, where the waterfall becomes the symbol of the city of steel.

Visit the Multimedia Museum website: Cascata delle Marmore – Museo Multimediale | Hydra (museodellacascata.it)


Route number 5 / Sentiero n. 5

Industrial archaeological park of Campacci di Marmore: along the path n°5 of the Parco della Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore Waterfalls Park) there is a real open-air museum that shows six large artifacts from the hydroelectric plants of Galleto and Narni. The park enhances the educational path on the local hydroelectric plants partly already present in the Campacci, among the cisterns that were used to capture the water and turbines used in the power plant.

Via di Francesco: path Piediluco-Arrone

The path starts from Piediluco along the shores of the lake, along the Drizzagno canal, made to use hydroelectric power, passes in front of Marmore Falls, downhill in Sentiero n.6 through remains of industrial archeology, to the Valnerina and Nera river, to arrive finally in the town of Arrone; the path is part of the Via di Francesco and can be traveled both on foot and by MTB.




Pact for an educational community & School laboratories [EDUCATION]

HYDRA aims to involve different stakeholders to establish a cross-cutting dimension center for environmental and outdoor education.
Moreover, it organises a vast program of educational activities and workshops for local schools on cultural and environmental issues of the relationship between man and water.

Water Festival / Festa delle Acque [SDGs ACTIVITY]

Transforming a historic local folk festival into an international forum for study and discussion on sustainability and circular economy practices applied to water.