Lovers of central Italy usually flock to Assisi (St. Francis), Orvieto (great white wine) or Perugia (chocolate, among other treasures).
While all these locations are well deserving of a visit, the real secret of Umbria is the Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore Waterfall). The falls are stunning and the surrounding national park offers a chance to get back to nature.
The walking paths wind around the waterfalls and are a good way to explore the park. For the faint hearted, I recommend taking the hike downhill, rather than attempting the grueling 40 minute trek up the mountain.
However, if you are looking for an activity truly off the beaten track, try signing up for a river-rafting excursion that literally launches off at the base of a waterfall. The journey continues along the Nera river and the rapids are class 3, which is an average difficulty.
A licensed guide leads every rafting experience and one can tell they know their stuff just from looking at their Tarzan-like appearances, complete with dreadlocks and tribal tattoos. Don’t be intimidated though, they are a friendly group of guys who are there to have just as much fun as you!
For more info on river-rafting visit www.raftingmarmore.com