From Ponte del Romito, paddle across the dam, admiring the river landscape as it becomes marshland; the calmness of the river dramatically contrasts the name “Valle dell’Inferno” (Valley of Hell). In reality, the name was more than fitting before the construction of the dam, when the Arno flowed impetuously into the now submerged gorge. Next you cross the Bandella wetlands, where many species of birds can be seen nesting.
Continuing paddling to arrive at the impressive Levane dam, where access is forbidden. From here, the journey backtracks along parts not visited on the way up the river. You can find places to stop, take photos and rest, but these areas are not equipped, therefore it is good idea to bring all that is required in order to stay outside for half a day… the area is isolated, after all; it’s the hidden side of the Valdarno.