The Fondo per l Ambiente Italiano (FAI),a non-profit making organisation that helps to protect Italys natural and artistic heritage, has signed an agreement with the council of the Tuscan town of Manciano and with the owners of the thermal baths at Saturnia, to restore to ancient waterfall of Gorello to its original splendour.
The waterfall has been famous since the therapeutic quality of the water was recognised by the Etruscans more than 2500 years ago which carry sulphur-rich water at 37C from the springs which rise in a volcanic crater to the thermal baths below. The weather and tourists have damage the waterfalls which are made of travertine, a type of marble often found in areas with high sulphur levels. Work is due to begin on the repairs to the waterfall at the end of the summer.
The waterfall of Gorello is only the second site cared for by the FAI in Tuscany, the other one is a small 16th century theatre at Vetriano di Pescaglia near Lucca.