The legendary origins of the Marmore waterfalls, the highest in Europe
«While leading his flock to the upland of Marmore, Velino the shepherd glimpsed the beautiful nymph of the Nera River in the woods, daughter of god Apennine. It was love at first sight and he followed her everywhere yearning and sighing for her love, and in the end the nymph Nerina exchanged his love. But her father, god Apennine, was jealous and opposed their love. To prevent their union he changed his daughter into a river, which would be called “The Nera” after her, thus stealing her away from Velino the shepherd. At the thought of having lost her the shepherd was desperate, life without his beloved was worthless to him and overcome with grief, he jumped off the cliff with the intent of committing suicide but Venus, deeply touched, transformed him into a river too and Velino finally found his beloved in the white waves of the Nera. Once together in an eternal embrace the two lovers joined together to form one river and flowed down the valley to render homage to god Tiber».
Marmore Water Falls – Terni – Umbria – Italy
Francesco Angeloni (1587-1652). Novella inedita facente parte di un codice manoscritto del XVII° secolo conservato alla Biblioteca Marciana di Venezia.
Le Marmora di Terni ovvero L’Himeneo del Velino, e la Nera. Idillio di Gio. Battista Lauri da Terni, all’Illustriss. et Eccellentiss. Principe il Signor D. Taddeo Barberini nipote di N. S. Urb. VIII, Stampa Tomasso Guerrieri, Terni 1628