A walk in Campofontana

A walk in Campofontana

A walk in


on a Winter Sunday
Last Sunday I went to Campofontana for a walk.

It was quite busy up there, it’s becoming more and more popular to go to the mountains at weekends.

Sundays in Campofontana

Campofontana, in the Natural Park of Lessinia, is very convenient for those that live in Verona and Vicenza, and it’s beautiful.


The itinerary

Usually when I go to Campofontana I take the road that from the Cemetery goes up towards the famous beech, passing by Contrà Pagani.

A couple of times I also went to Mount Telegrafo, not this time (due to headache). 

Last Sunday I wanted to try a different path, that I had heard about. I took the road that cuts to the left just before the town of Campofontana, there’s a sign directing to Agriturismo L’Incanto.

This road passes contrade Grisi and Zocca and after the last contrada there’s a gravel road (on the right) and a path (on the left).

The path, number 251, goes through a thicket, that is the reason why I wanted to walk there.



And here was the nice grove that I had heard about. A beechwood, to be precise.

Beechwoods are particularly nice, trucks are clean and high, the undergrowth is also neat.  

Another beechwood I like a lot is the one in Cansiglio, that is much larger, but this one in Campofontana is closer if you live in Vicenza like I do.

faggeto campofontana
faggeto campofontana
We stopped to take some pictures because it was too beautiful. 
parco naturale della lessinia
faggeto campofontana
sentiero 251 campofontana
bucaneve campofontana


And here comes the surprise: snowdrops. 

You could barely see them, they were just the promise of a white lawn.

There were so many, it was almost impossible not to step on them. 

faggeto campofontana

Lodges/ agriturismi

Agriturismo Bucaneve

Surely, this agriturismo couldn’t have a different name (Bucaneve is snowdrop in Italian). You can get there by car, but of course the short walk in the wood is recommended.

It’s a nice location, near the wood but sunny, at least at lunch time.

agriturismo bucaneve campofontana

Rifugio Monte Torla

The Torla has become very popular since it opened in 2018. 

I don’t know if they refurbished an Alpine cottage that was already there, but that is the style. Beautiful inside and outside. In the toilet the sink is huge, like those of the great-grandparents. 

rifugio torla campofontana

We ate at rifugio Torla, but there were too many people. It felt like the beach in Summer.

Next time I will probably stop in another of those agriturismi nearby. Better to book, by whatsapp as there’s no signal there. 


Monte Veronese and fumed ricotta

tagliere rifugio monte torla

Cold cuts and cheese

pranzo rifugio monte torla

Bona la mostarda!

Going back we took the other road, the one that goes higher, near the contrada Pagani. 


These last weeks the smog alert was high in our cities. And you could see it from up there.

There was a pink-grey strip that looked pretty, like low clouds lighten by the setting sun.

But no, it was smog, pollution.

Walking back
foto campofontana
parco naturale lessinia
paesaggio campofontana
parco naturale lessinia

Contrà Pagani

Anyone who has been to Campofontana before knows Contrà Pagani.

It’s a typical contrada of the Cimbri, the population of the area. 

contr? pagani campofontana
contr? pagani campofontana
contr? pagani campofontana

Campofontana and Natural Park of Lessinia are beautiful in every Season.

It is true that recently they have become very popular, a bit too much to my taste (usually you go to the mountains to find some peace). 

But it must be the fashion of these years, Dolomites are swarmed with tourists too. 

It’s ok, as long as the mountain doesn’t suffer from this, as we should all enjoy the beauties of Nature. 

But it’s important that we respect it. 

parco naturale della lessinia
parco naturale della lessinia

A week later…

One week later we went back to Campofontana because it had snowed and I was looking forward to a walk in the snow and to check out the snowdrops. We also found some other pretty flowers (the winter roses, we call them). Love.

cava di marmo campofontana
campofontana contrada pozza
neve a campofontana
casa vecchia campofontana
gatto a campofontana
campofontana arte cimbra
neve faggeta campofontana
punaro a campofontana
cavallo a campofontana
rosa d'inverno campofontana
faggeta campofontana con neve
neve campofontana
bucaneve campofontana
bucaneve campofontana
agriturismo bucaneve campofontana
katty piazza
luca fracca
rifugio torla campofontana
neve a campofontana
campofontana cimbra
neve a campofontana
neve a campofontana
porto di sopra campofontana
porto di sopra campofontana

This time we walked a bit more. We went up to Porto di Sopra and we wanted to hike to the Telegrafo, but we took the wrong path.

porto di sopra campofontana
contr? pagani campofontana

Contrà Pagani always beautiful.

contr? campofontana
contr? pagani campofontana

The itinerary on Strava and on Relieve.

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Hiking between Marana and Montefalcone

Hiking between Marana and Montefalcone

Hiking between

Marana and Montefalcone

among clouds and nature

Last Sunday I went hiking with my brother on the mountains not far from home.

Wanted to go to Cima Marana how we often do during the year, but instead of taking one of the most common paths, those starting from Contrada Gebbani (or Castagna) and going up directly to Cima Marana, we chose Sentiero 203, that from Gebbani goes to Malga Casoline and ends at the dirty road that goes from Piatta di Montefalcone.

The sentiero 203

Taking the path that starts between the Gebbani and Castagna contrade that goes directly up to Cima Marana (the path we call “of the ridge”), not far from the departure point there’s fork: to the left you go to the Marana peak, to the right you go to Malga Casoline, that is Path no. 203.

Here we were close to Malga Casoline, at about one hour from departure.

The 203 is longer and a bit harder than the other paths that go to Cima Marana, but it’s almost entirely in the shade and it crosses a beautiful forest.

Passo della Porta

After about 2 hours of hiking (consider that I’m not very fit), we got to Passo della Porta, along the dirty road that connects Campodavanti to Montefalcone.

Instead of walking on the road to go to Montefalcone, we decided to walk on the ridge.

But on the other side of the mountain there was quite some fog, adn we could see nothing.

The view from up there is amazing.

I know because I took the same path one year ago, in a nice sunny day.

That is why I am showing you here the pictures I too one year ago.

The ridge one year ago

You can see the Carega peak and Rifugio Fraccaroli from up there, if it’s not foggy or raining.

Towards Montefalcone

It might have been foggy, but I managed to find some pretty cute things that deserved a photograph.

And finally, the Rifugio Montefalcone

It took us more than half an hour to get to the lodge from Passo della Porta, partly because I was starting to feel tired and the ridge has some pretty hard climbs, partly because I was taking pictures on the way.

Lunch at Rifugio Montefalcone with minestrone soup and red fruits strudel 🙂

Towards Cima Marana

After a short siesta we left for Cima Marana.

Again, beautiful landscape and nature, despite the fog.

what about these roots???

Cima Marana is one of the southernmost peaks of the Dolomites, and one of the lowest.

At 1554 meters above sea level, it has a special view of the Chiampo and Agno valleys and you can even see the Garda Lake and Venice Lagoon on bright clear days.

It’s a shame there’s always someone who leaves some garbage behind.

I collected 5 cigarette butts, only around the cross of Cima Marana.


The descent towards the Gebbani was a bit hard for me, I was feeling more and more tired and my knees were starting to ache.

The itinerary

but I love this itinerary so much, I’m looking forward to the next time!

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