The Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore Falls), among the tallest waterfalls in all of Europe at 541 feet, is a popular tourist destination in the Umbria region of central Italy with historical significance—it was created by the ancient Romans more than 2,000 years ago to facilitate the flow of fresh water into the city—which explains why it is so closely guarded. And why no kayaker was able to run the falls before Dario Vanacore recently snuck past security: It is illegal.
Vanacore visited Marmore in the middle of the night to hide his gear and boat, according to EpicTV, which posted a short article and images of the descent this morning. The next day, he was able to walk up to his hiding spot in regular street clothes without drawing attention to himself, change, and enter the third section of the falls. (Marmore is a tiered system; the third and final section is approximately 81 feet tall.) When he reached the bottom, Vanacore paddled away on the creek without attracting any attention from authorities.