Refugio italiano – away from the crowds

Assenza di Brenzone – Malcesine – Gondola up to the top of monte Baldo – 3-4 hours hike to refugio telegrafo – next day: Hike down to Sommavilla in Brenzone.

We started with a beautiful gondola ride up to the top of the Monte Baldo with amazing views to lake Garda and the Hinterland. It was good to get away from the crowds down at the lake during the busy summer time. On the right side we had spectacular views down to dark blue lake garda, we also met some chamois on the way and saw incredible plants that you don´t see very often. Beeing all the time on the back of Monte Baldo and passing numerous summits on the way to telegrafo summit makes this hike just amazingly beautiful.

We had a magical mix of clouds and sun and when we arrived at refugio telegrafo it was suddenly very cold and super foggy. Even it was August we were happy to warm up at the oven inside the hut. But we went outside again with our cold beers to watch the sunset from 2147 metres height. Priceless.

The refugio is super simple, don´t expect any luxury here. But it´s quiet, there were only italians, just locals and a great cook who served us a delicious 3 course meal made out of local products and nice red wine.

We woke up pretty early and the sky was clear blue. After a very typical italian small breakfast (Nutella and Bread) we were the only ones who took the crazy hike down to Sommavilla again. (2000 heightmeter) . But we got rewarded  most of the way as we faced the lake constantly on the way down. At one point you can see the whole lake from the very south to the very north. It´s so worth it! Once you are on the road you can cheat and hitchhike back to the village. But we took the pain until our doorstep in Sommavilla.

morning hours
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