A hidden Amazonian forest waterfall just 5 minutes’ walk away from my home. It is barely out of sight and sound of the main Brescia – Val Camonica highway that bridges the river’s valley. Thousands pass overhead each day without ever imagining that just below is a place of outstanding natural beauty. This adds to its charm and is the reason that, of all the secrets, I’ve chosen it as #1.

It is located just a few minutes’ walk up from Sulzano, along the main valley that leads to Nistisino and Santa Maria del Giogo. The waterfall itself is 10m high and is nestled in a tropical microclimate full of dense vegetation, vined walls and sense of other worldliness. Alternatively, it can be reached by turning downhill off the Strada Valeriana just before the road reaches the main highway’s Sulzano exit.