Above the village of Barbiano in the Valle Isarco, the Rio Gander flows, which falls 200 m down in eight cascades.
Below the 2,260 m high Corno del Renon mountain, the Rio Gander flows for a few km from the high plateau until Colma, where it finally runs into the Isarco river. On its quite short way, the stream overcomes impressive 1,510 m in altitude. There, where rocks cross its path, it cascades in a total of three waterfalls. The lower waterfall is with 85 m the longest, the upper one at 1,214 m asl is 45 m long.
The Barbiano Waterfalls are accessible within a nice easy hike, which starts in Barbiano in the Valle Isarco. The small village is famous for its leaning church tower which is said to be even more leaning as the one of Pisa. From there it takes about 30 minutes to reach the lower waterfall, always following the signposts “Zum Wasserfall” (To the waterfall).
Impressive are the dark quartz porphyry rocks, a 300 million year old volcanic rock, as well as the snow melting in April and May, when gigantic mass of water cascade down the slopes of Barbiano. A narrower and steeper path proceeds then further to the upper waterfall (approx. 40 minutes). By the way - in the near the spring sanctuary of Tre Chiese is located.