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CARLONE THERMAL WATERFALL

Loc. San Cristoforo
Description
Carlone is a 10 km long stream which source is 1000 m above sea level, about halfway through Rocche del Casone (or di Colleri) towards the top of Scalette. It flows into Trebbia river close by San Martino di Bobbio, 250 m above sea level. 

Carlone thermal waterfall lies in an unspoilt environment close by San Cristoforo. At its foot there is a small pond of thermal water and a source of saline water. Carlone water torrent is thermal because of the high concentration of salt. 
 
In the 11th century the monks from a nearby convent used the salt water of Carlone waterfall and the pond to cure skin diseases. In the middle ages the plague hit Italy, and the monks used this miracle water for baths, mud baths and inhalations to cure all those affected by plague that passed through Bobbio along the Pilgrims' Way (Via Francigena). Since then, the village was named after San Cristoforo.
The primitive church used to stand next to the cemetery in Chiesa Vecchia. It was abandoned during the Napoleonic period, the remains were the floor, the crypt on a hill near the road that leads to Carlone thermal waterfall. In the village centre  there is still the structure that was modified through time of the ancient monastery, nearby the remains of the ancient San Giacomo chapel. 
How to get there
From Bobbio take Via del Bargo, continue until the small village of San Cristoforo about 5 km away. At the street turn the pathway begins (CAI sing no. 160), to be done on foot to reach the waterfalls. In about 15 minutes you reach a fork: if you go left you reach the first waterfall (Carlone thermal waterfall), while going uphill on the right you reach the high Carlone waterfall. 
In the small village of San Cristoforo there is little room to park your car, but given the rare visitors it shouldn't be a problem. 
Last update
Thursday, 31 January 2019
News and information edited by the Tourist Information Office of the Municipalities of Bobbio, Borgonovo V.T., Castell'Arquato, Piacenza and Vigolzone