Rifugio Francesco Petrarca

A mule path to Rifugio Francesco Petrarca

Francesco Petrarca Refuge (Stettiner Hütte) is a high mountain refuge at an elevation of 2.875m (9,432 ft) above the sea level, located in South Tyrol, Italy. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.

Nestled in the Texelgruppe Nature Park, the refuge is located between the Pfelderer valley and the Pfossental, near the border with Austria. The trail to the refuge is extreme. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

The trail is very challenging. It’s unpaved and in dreadful condition, and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. The road to the refuge is certainly breathtaking and has a fearsome reputation. It's closed to vehicles.
Pic: Oliver Lenze


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