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Bucamante Waterfalls


Last update 07/09/2014 (ref.130002426)
by the local editorial office of SERRAMAZZONI
Piazza T.Tasso n. 7 - 41028 Serramazzoni (MO)
Tel. 0536 952202 oppure 0536 952199 int 230 - Fax 0536/954665

Accessibility: From Modena: take the SS12 Nuova Estense in the direction of Serramazzoni � Pavullo nel Frignano. After Torre Maina continue for another 4 or 5 kms until the junction for Pazzano, where the waterfalls are clearly signposted. Taking the road for Pazzano, you reach Granarolo. From Serramazzoni or Pavullo: take SS12 Nuova Estense in the direction of Modena. After c.100 metres, at the junction for Ricc�, turn left towards Pazzano. The waterfalls are signposted. Continue along the road until you reach Granarolo. The meeting point for guided visits is in the car park of the old cemetery.

The Bucamante waterfalls are formed by the waters of the main tributary of the Tiepido mountain stream, the Bucamante stream, which starts its course at Mount Monfestino. They are easily reached from Granarolo by taking the trail alongside the stream, or from Monfestino by following the trails through the woods. From a nature point of view, the waterfalls are without doubt one of the most beautiful and picturesque itineraries of the Modenese hills. The Bucamante stream runs through a beautiful, fertile gorge at the foot of Monfestino and takes its name from the legend of Odino and Titiro, respectively daughter of a local dignitary and shepherd, who took their own lives because of their blighted love. The stream is adorned by a series of waterfalls and cascades large and small which, since 2003, are more accessible to visitors thanks to the clean-up programme funded in part by the Antico Frignano Local Action Group. The whole area is characterized by a luxuriant vegetation and prized tree species which leaders of the guided tours - the nature experts of the Varana Ophiolite Group - have painstakingly classified: the beautiful Eurasian smoke tree, various rare kinds of moss growing on the few blocks of travertine still left, spring snowflakes, crocuses, famous martagon lilies, willow gentian, arum lilies, hazelwort, baneberry, etc. The guided tour not only deepens one�s knowledge of the naturalistic and environmental aspects of the area, but also throws light on its history from Roman times onwards and the popular local legends and romantic tales which drift through its waters.