Torrente Archiano e Tre Cascate Waterfall

Natural Landmark


Revered for its fresh, pristine waters

Celebrated by Dante Alighieri in his ‘Divina Commedia’

Accessible via a picturesque route through abete and faggio woods.

“Tre Cascate” waterfall, depending on the season.

SP124, 6, 52014 Poppi AR, Italy


Torrente Archiano e Tre Cascate Waterfall is a mesmerizing natural spectacle nestled along Stage 5 of the Via di Francesco, between Camaldoli and Badia Prataglia.

Its pristine waters, commended by the legendary Dante Alighieri, offer a captivating charm and a sense of tranquility, perfect for those seeking solace amidst nature.

The waterfall, gushing down from the slopes of Badia Prataglia, forms the awe-inspiring “Tre Cascate,” a three-tier waterfall that varies with the season. The journey to this attraction is equally mesmerizing, with a route taking pilgrims through breathtaking abete and faggio forests

Culture & History

The Torrente Archiano has a unique blend of natural and cultural significance.

This stream originates from the mountains of Alto Casentino, specifically Passo dei Mandrioli, meandering through the heart of the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi before joining the Arno river.

Its historical relevance is heightened by its mention in Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divina Commedia,’ an epic tale that further solidifies its place in Italian cultural heritage. The Archiano was seen as the Fosso di Camaldoli until the 15th century, a fact that can be traced back to Dante’s writings.

Its pristine waters, which maintain exceptional quality today, support a rich aquatic fauna, including the Mediterranean trout (Salmo cettii or Salmo macrostigma), indicating the conservation efforts in place.