Just 30 minutes by car from Verona is a place of stunning natural beauty. A park which shows nature at its best, a mix of rivers, rocks and green fields that rival any work of art. The park is in Molina di Fumane, in the Valpolicella.
I recommend you give yourself a full day to visit the park which covers more than 20 acres!
It is the point where the Vaio delle Scalducce and the Vaio di Molina streams meet and tumble over the steep slopes in a series of waterfalls. It is difficult to put into words just what an incredible it is but the views really take the breath away.
These waterfalls are visible because the clay-like rocks in the area prevent the water from seeping into the subsoil. In some places, you can see the grooves carved by previous streams. The grey of the rocky walls contrasts with the turquoise waters and the green of the rich vegetation
How to get to Molina waterfall park
The park is accessed from the village of Molina di Fumane. The entrance is on the road between Fumane and Breonio. At the entrance there is a typical Valpolicella building with a roof made from Verona marble, which is the ticket office and bar. You can buy your ticket here and begin your visit. If you would like a guided tour or have any queries, please contact the park before your arrival.
Parco delle Cascate di Molina
Via B. Bacilieri 1, 37022 Molina VR
Tel. + 39 045 7720185
While you are here, why not visit the village too? It is a charming little stone village full of narrow alleys and old shops selling local produce. You can also find a number of B&Bs here in case you decide to stay the night.
The name Molina means mill in Veneto dialect. The village gets its name from the many mills in this area, some of which are still standing. The majority of them were used for grinding grain and cereals, whilst other uses included fulling fabrics, crushing hazelnuts for their oil to burn in lamps or forging iron. Of the original seventeen mills in this village, the only one still working here, and in the whole of the Valpolicella, is the Mulino dei Veraghi.
This mill grinds cereals by stone, just like it did back in the 1600s. If you want to see how a mill works, come in summer. Some are open on Sundays for tours.
The cooperative dairy
Another visitor attraction open on Sundays in Molina is the cooperative dairy. This is a place where members of the cooperative could bring the milk from their own cows to make cheese. The dairy is no longer operational because it has been converted for use as an educational centre but you can still buy some traditional local cheese here. I hope this little virtual tour of Molina has whetted your appetite, when will you come to see it all for yourself?