The whole course of the Sarca of Val Genova is very uneven, formed by steps and floors called “Giants’ stairs”, short enlargements and narrow gorges. These morphologies of glacial origin are highlighted by numerous waterfalls and jumps of water that characterize the impetuous flow of the stream.
The waterfall takes its name from a place called Todesca. Here you can still see some rustic farms (masi). In the early 1800s there lived a woman from South Tyrol. It was called Todesca in the local dialect and was known by the woodsmen and herders because it distilled the grappa from the Gentian root.