Bosco Magnano Waterfall – Cropani, Italy - Atlas Obscura

Bosco Magnano Waterfall

Cropani, Italy

The pristine waters crossing this forest form a hidden waterfall among the dense vegetation. 


The region of Basilicata, in southern Italy, is maybe the most uncontaminated and less polluted region of Italy. This can be seen in the region’s many national parks and protected areas. Among these is Pollino National Park, which is the largest national park in Italy, between Basilicata and Calabria. Inside the park, there is a secret oasis, known only to the locals.

Bosco Magnano is located between the mountains inside the Pollino National Park, halfway between the small towns of San Severino Lucano and Episcopia, in Southern Basilicata. This forest has a rich and dense vegetation, and it is crossed by many streams with pure and crystalline waters. These small rivers are one of the few places in Italy where the Eurasian otter can still be found. The region is also home to a variety of the rare Bosnian pine, which can live up to 1,000 years. It is the symbol of the Pollino National Park, and can only be found in these forests.

Among the many little waterways crossing Bosco Magnano, the Peschiera creek is the most notable thanks to a waterfall and the small natural pool created by its cold waters. Hidden from sight at first, the waterfall appears while walking down the trail between the trees. A pathway follows the creek inside the forest starting from the waterfall, running along the many little cascades that the stream forms between the rocks.

Know Before You Go

Access to the waterfall and nearby parts of the forest is provided by a short footpath starting from Provincial Road 4. A parking lot can be found nearby along the street.

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