Mont Mars Regional Nature Reserve

Riserva Mont MarsFounded in 1993, the Mont Mars Regional Nature Reserve extends for 390 hectares on the right hand side of the lower valley of the River Lys. It is situated in the district of Fontainemore, at the head of the valley where the Pacoulla torrent flows.
At the entrance to the protected area, you will find the Vargno Lake and its barrier walls, constructed in 1916.

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Guillemore Canyon

Orrido di GuillemoreGuillemore Canyon was formed and shaped by the powerful waters of the river Lys, which has eroded and scarred the compacted gneiss.
Above the ravine you find rocks smoothed by the glacier and few "Marmitte dei giganti" (the huge spherical stones), shaped by the action of the torrent.

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Ratus Canyon

Characteristics: the canyons of the Aosta Valley are not at all nightmarish. Some are formed from crystaline rocks in a regular geometric form, creating long corridors with basins of pure, clear water and accessible flat shelves. Others, due to pressure on irregular or more easily eroded rock, create dark and foaming watery canyons. 

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The Lys Rocks - Geological Park


A few minutes walk from the visitors centre of the Nature Reserve in Niana, in an area of 4000 square metres, you will find the environmental and educational trail called "The Lys Rocks". Composed of a dozen great rocks, amongst them you will find gneiss, marbles and schists, representing the minerals that comprise the geological systems of the Lys Valley.

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Bouro Waterfall

cascataThe waterfall is found on the Bouro river, surrounded by an enchanting wood.
The beautiful cascade and the pool below, with its limpid waters surrounded by smooth rocks on all sides, is not to be missed.

 

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