This is the first of a series of secret spots that I’ll be posting over the coming months. Each one is located only a few minutes from Northern Italy’s least known Italian Lake: Lago Iseo. A secret lake’s secret spots – nice. 

I’ve chosen to call them secrets for two reasons: one because of their rare beauty and two because, after six years of living in this area, either I never knew they existed or the locals I’ve spoken to still don’t know they exist – or at least have never visited them.

This first spot satisfies both of these criteria in abundance. It is stunning – 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.