On the flowering meadows of Monte Baldo, between Lake Garda and the Adige Valley, the Rifugio Fos-ce welcomes visitors who come to explore the Bes-Corna Piana nature reserve and discover why this mountain has earned the nickname “the garden of Europe”. The refuge was built in 1981 by the Brentonico branch of SAT (Association of Trentino Mountaineers) out of an old mountain farmhouse, and is also frequented by many families with children who have here plenty of space and games to play. Open Weekends from December to March, every day during the Christmas periodFrom 20 June to 20 September Before leaving for your hike, always contact the manager to verify the actual opening of the mountain hutWalksThe Refuge lies within the Bes-Corna Piana nature reserve, established in 1972 to protect 150 hectares of Monte Baldo’s floral heritage. The summit of Monte Altissimo, with the Rifugio Damiano Chiesa, is an easy 2 ½ hour walk (difficulty E) via Bocca del Creer. Also from Bocca del Creer, you can cross the eastern slope of Monte Altissimo to Malga Campo then continue via Bocca del Monticello to the village of Festa. (2 ¾ hours, difficulty E).

Rifugio Passo Pertica

The Rifugio Passo Pertica is at 1,530 metres above sea level in the Carega Group, where the roads running up from Trentino and the Veneto meet. It was built by the Cappelletti family in 1964 by the side of the military road that runs up from the Rifugio Revolto and continues towards the Rifugio Pompeo Scalorbi. People come up here to enjoy the unspoilt environment of the Campobrun nature reserve and to explore the Carega Group – in winter, too, when the refuge is open on weekends.OpenEvery day from 15 June to 20 September and from 24 December to 6 January On weekends during the rest of year Before leaving for your hike, always contact the manager to verify the actual opening of the mountain hutWalksThe walk from Rifugio Passo Pertica to Rifugio Pompeo Scalorbi on the military road takes less than an hour (difficulty T). On the way, after the second hairpin bend, you can turn off the road to walk up to the Rifugio Mario Fraccaroli – Cima Carega in 2 ½ hours (difficulty E). It’s also possible to get to the Rifugio Mario Fraccaroli by the Pojesi via ferrata via the Cengia di Pertica (3 ½ hours, difficulty EEA).

Rifugio Pompeo Scalorbi

Cesare Battisti – in June 1916, a few weeks before being captured by the Austro Hungarian Empire – was also struck by the beauty of the flowers and vegetation in the Campobrun valley, where, in 1952, the Rifugio Pompeo Scalorbi was built by the Alpine troops of Verona. In 1971, this area was made a nature reserve, but during the Great War the Italian army’s rear guard was camped here, evidenced by the old military road that still runs through the valley. The refuge – lying in the meadows at 1,767 metres above sea level and surrounded by the peaks of the Piccole Dolomiti – is dedicated to Pompeo Scalorbi, captain in the “Alpini” and heart and soul of the Verona ANA (National Association of Alpine troops), which currently runs the refuge, owned by the Province of Trento.OpenEvery day from 20 June to 20 SeptemberBefore leaving for your hike, always contact the manager to verify the actual opening of the mountain hutWalksFrom Rifugio Pompeo Scalorbi it’s possible to make the ascents of Cima Carega via the Rifugio Mario Fraccaroli (1 hour 40 minutes, difficulty E), and Monte Obante (1 hour, difficulty E).


At the foot of Col Santo, in the heart of the Pasubio, the Rifugio Alpe Pozza “Vincenzo Lancia” is an ideal spot to stop and discover ancient vestiges of shepherds or the history of the Great War, which wrote some of its cruellest chapters in these mountains. The refuge was built in 1939 by the Rovereto branch of SAT (Association of Trentino Mountaineers) on the ruins of a former Austro-Hungarian military building and is named after motoring pioneer Vincenzo Lancia. It’s easy to get to, and once there you’re rewarded with extensive views and peaceful pastures, with a picturesque church. In winter, the refuge is popular with ski mountaineers and snowshoers.OpenFrom 26 December to 6 January – and on weekends from December to March inclusiveFrom 1 June to 30 September – and on weekends until the end of OctoberBefore leaving for your hike, always contact the manager to verify the actual opening of the mountain hutWalksYou can walk to the Rifugio Achille Papa on SAT footpath 105 through the “Pasubio sacred area”, battleground of the Great War (3 hours, difficulty E). Ascents of Col Santo (via Selletta del Colsanto, 50 minutes, difficulty E) or Monte Corno Battisti via Bocchetta delle Corde, Bocchetta Foxi and Selletta Battisti (1 ¼ hours, difficulty E) can also be made from the refuge.


The Rifugio Baita Tonda is the only circular mountain refuge. Designed in 1948 (the pioneering era of skiing) with a fireplace in the centre, the building has kept its distinctive shape even after recent renovations, carried out with great attention to style and eco sustainability. If you decide to spend the night here, at 1,603 metres above sea level on the Dosso Martinella, you’ll find that even the dormitory is circular. The refuge is on the pistes of the Ski Tour dei Forti, while during the summer it’s the perfect place from which to set out on a peaceful walk or to retrace the history of the Great War.OpenFrom beginning June to 20 September and from November to the closing of liftsWalksFrom the refuge, a few minutes walk along the Peace Path takes you to the ruins of the former Austro-Hungarian fortress, Dosso delle Somme. From there you can return to Serrada along the old military road (1 hour 15 minutes, difficulty T). It’s a 1-hour walk to Passo Coe, where you can set out for Monte Maggio (1 hour, difficulty E) which still has a network of trenches. Not far from the pass is the Malga Zonta war memorial (dedicated to the martyrs of the Resistance) and the “Base Tuono” Museum, housed in a former NATO military base, which documents the years of the Cold War.

Rifugio Monte Baldo

On the flower-covered slopes of Monte Baldo between Monte Telegrafo and Monte Altissimo, is the Rifugio Monte Baldo, built in 1924 near the shrine of Madonna delle Nevi (Our Lady of the Snows), a place of pilgrimage built in the sixteenth century. A small playground outside the refuge will keep the children happy while their parents can enjoy the local Trentino cuisine and the peaceful environment of the Val Domenegal, where animals graze on the gentle slopes on the border between Trentino and the Veneto.OpenFrom late Mach to mid-NovemberBefore leaving for your hike, always contact the manager to verify the actual opening of the mountain hutWalksFrom the refuge it’s a 4 ½ hour walk to the Rifugio Monte Telegrafo, overlooking Lake Garda. A circular route of five hours (starting and finishing at the refuge) give you the opportunity to have a go at the (moderately difficult) Gerardo Sega via ferrata on the rock face of Monte Coalaz, standing out, unexpected, amid the vegetation.


Take a box, put a half-cylinder on top and you have the Rifugio Finonchio Fratelli Filzi, a very unusual building dedicated to the memory of the Filzi brothers, built on the summit by mountaineers from Rovereto in 1930 and completely rebuilt in 1957 after Second World War damage. Lying amid Finonchio’s vast, peaceful meadows, it’s easy to get to for both young and old and the views are stunning. The refuge was refurbished in summer 2014, once again (as almost ninety years ago) with support from members of the Rovereto branch of SAT (Association of Trentino Mountaineers).Open:SUMMER: from 20 June to 20 September WINTER: After 20 September, every weekend until Christmas.Every day from 27 December to 8 January.From January to June open on weekendsBefore leaving for your hike, always contact the manager to verify the actual opening of the mountain hutWalksIf you organise the means for your return journey, it’s a simple matter to do the entire traverse of Monte Finonchio: walk up to the refuge from Guardia di Folgaria or Serrada, then descend the side of the mountain that slopes down to the Vallagarina to the village of Moietto (1 ¼ hours, difficulty E).

Rifugio Altissimo “Damiano Chiesa”

Arriving at the Rifugio Altissimo Damiano Chiesa you’d think you were in Norway, with Lake Garda 2000 m below winding between the mountains like a northern fjord, blue, narrow and deep. The other thing that will bowl you over is the welcome from warden and mountain guide Danny Zampiccoli, his pat on the back a demonstration of his philosophy: you arrive at the refuge a customer but leave as a friend, and when it comes to eating it’s not the food that counts, it’s the love that goes into cooking it. These are the secrets of this refuge on the Monte Baldo massif, which in summer (and very often in winter, too) is one of the most well-loved and popular in southern Trentino. OpenEvery day from early May to late OctoberEvery weekend from November to MayBefore leaving for your hike, always contact the manager to verify the actual opening of the mountain hutWalksA few metres below the summit of Monte Altissimo di Nago, the refuge is a great attraction. Walkers making their way up will encounter vestiges of the Great War and, if they come up from San Giacomo near Malga Campo, interesting examples of rural architecture built for forestry and pasturing work. Footpath 651 leads to the Rifugio Telegrafo, a five-hour walk across the peaks above Lake Garda.In winter, ski mountaineers (and snowshoers) from the Malcesine ski area also come up to Rifugio Altissimo.


At 2,236 metres, the Rifugio Mario Fraccaroli is the highest in the Piccoli Dolomiti, just below Cima Carega. Up there, you have a 360-degree view, and, with a bit of luck, on a clear day if you look to the south-east you can see the sea. Although the refuge is in Trentino, it’s owned by the Verona branch of CAI (Italian Mountaineering Club), who, in 1952, had a “high altitude house” built for the many climbers and walkers who come up from the plain whenever they can and find in the “Little Dolomites” the nearest vertical rock faces.OpenFrom 15 June to 20 SeptemberDuring the winter, only upon reservation, for groupsWalksCima Carega is a few minutes’ walk from the refuge without any particular difficulties.


There are at least three good reasons to walk up to the Rifugio Malga Zugna: to surround yourself with nature and enjoy sweeping vistas, to reconstruct the events of the Great War on this historic mountain, and to gaze at the stars from the observatory built here at 1,617 metres above sea level by Rovereto Museum. In addition, there is a “land art” trail near the refuge. The building dates back to the early twentieth century and has been completely renovated by Rovereto District Council. Also recently restored are the vestiges of the war located along the access road and the path that continues over Monte Zugna to Passo Buole.OpenEvery day from 20 June to 20 SeptemberOn weekends all year roundBefore leaving for your hike, always contact the manager to verify the actual opening of the mountain hutWalksThe walk to Passo Buole (1 hour 40 minutes, difficulty E) is of great historical interest for the vestiges of the Great War, which you’ll see along the way after only half an hour’s walk over Monte Zugna. If you make your way up to the refuge along the former military road from Alberedo you’ll come across the so-called “large trench”, a (restored) outpost of the Italian army.