If you come to Italy and you love the mountains, you’ll soon realize that we have a lot of mountain huts – rifugi. Mountain huts aren’t only a place where you can rest after a long – or short – walk but they are also places where you can meet new people – the atmosphere there is always friendly.
So, today I’d like to talk about three mountain huts you can visit to spend one or more days surrounded by nature.
Rifugio Zamboni-Zappa is located in Valle Anzasca, in Macugnaga at 2070 meters.
This Italian rifugio was built in 1925 – or at least Rifugio Zamboni was. However, during the years more tourists started to come and a larger rifugio was needed. So, in 1954 they built Rifugio Zappa next to Rifugio Zamboni.
Rifugio Zamboni-Zappa offers food and accommodation. The restaurant has a panoramic terrace with a breathtaking view of the peaks of Monte Rosa. The rifugio can accommodate up to 36 people and the rooms have either 4 or 6 beds.
Getting there is easy. You can take a chairlift from Macugnaga-Pecetto that will bring you to 1900 meters. From there you’ll have to walk for 45 minutes to get to the rifugio.
Once there you can take many different trekking paths. One of them will lead you to a mountain lake.
Rifugio Zamboni-Zappa can be perfect for families as well since it’s surrounded by a meadow where children can play.
For information about prices and openings, have a look at the website of Rifugio Zamboni-Zappa.
Rifugio Roda di Vaèl
This is one of most known mountain huts in the Dolomites.
It was built in 1906 and it’s located at 2.283 meters in Vigo di Fassa. Because of its position, it’s perfect as a starting point for different excursions. However, the great majority of paths have a high level of difficulty.
This rifugio opens from June until October and can accommodate up to 59 people. There’s also a restaurant offering traditional regional dishes like knoedl and goulash.
It’s one of the few mountain huts that offer also a free Wi-Fi service.
For additional information have a look at the website of Rifugio Roda di Vaèl.
Rifugio Dorigoni is in Val di Rabbi, in the Stelvio National Park, at 2436 meters. It was built in 1903 but it has been recently renovated.
Rifugio Dorioni offers food and accommodation. It can accommodate up to 75 people and it’s open only in summer from the 20th of June to the 20th of Semptember.
You can get there by walking from Malga Stablasolo or from the parking of Coler for about 3 hours.
From Rifugio Dorigoni you can reach Lago della Valletta in 15 minutes
One thing to mention is that there is no Wi-Fi nor mobile service there.
For more details, visit the official website of Rifugio Dorigoni.
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