The road to Rifugio Genova-Figari is not for the faint of heart
Rifugio Genova-Figari is a high mountain refuge at an elevation of 2.015m (6,610ft) above the sea level, located in the Province of Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy.
The refuge is located at the foot of Mount Argentera, that with its 3,297m is the highest summit of Alpi Marittime. The road to the refuge is totally unpaved. 4x4 vehicle required, but it’s closed to private vehicles. The refuge is surrounded by pastures and situated between two lakes: Brocan Lake, of glacial origins, and Chiotàs Lake supplying one of the largest pumped-storage hydroelectric power stations in Europe. On the ground floor, the Refuge has a restaurant with bar annexed. The refuge is open non-stop from the 15th of June to the 15th of September.
Located within the Natural Park of the Maritime Alps, the road to the refuge is 15.0 km (9.32 miles) long, starting from Entracque. The drive is very steep.
Pic: Giuseppe De Franco