Need to work up an appetite before your next meal?

Then head to a gourmet mountain hut on one of these magical walks

Several of our mountain refuges are home to serious gastronomic kitchens. Others are dairies, and make their own cheeses on-site.

Either way, they’re the perfect target for a summer walk – through fragrant pine forests and nodding hay-meadows, with mountain peaks towering above you. Here are five of our best gourmet hikes.

Passo San Pellegrino to Rifugio Fuciade

The Rifugio Fuciade is one of Trentino’s most highly-rated mountain huts, and sits in a mountain bowl above the Passo San Pellegrino, surrounded by jagged Dolomite peaks and lush meadows. Getting there is easy. Leave your car in the free car park at the Passo San Pellegrino, and follow the broad, gentle track north-eastwards. In an hour or so, you’ll be at the refuge – and a meal you won’t easily forget.

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Passo Rolle to Capanna Cervino

Set in the heart of the Unesco Dolomites and the Paneveggio Natural Park, the Capanna Cervino can be reached by an easy, 20-minute walk, beneath the stunning crags of the Pale di San Martino. Park your car in Passo Rolle (free parking), follow the forest road, and in no time at all you’ll find yourself tucking into local specialities such as porcini mushroom tortelloni and walnut cake. 

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Sant’Antonio di Mavignola to Malga Ritorto

Your starting point is on the road from Pinzolo to Madonna di Campiglio, just beyond the village of Sant’Antonio di Mavignola. When you see the sign “Fratè”, take the forest road on the left until you reach the flower-strewn Milegna meadows, and head for the Malga Ritorto. The views onto the Brenta Dolomites are well worth the walk. So too the Malga’s fresh Alpine cheeses, flavoured with mountain herbs.

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Malga Millegrobbe

From the Millegrobbe Nordic Ski Centre on Alpe Cimbra, follow the signs for Malga Costalta through a landscape of pine trees and lush meadows, until you reach Malga Millegrobbe. The owner Max will serves delicious local dishes such as strangolapreti with crispy speck, and dumpings with porcini mushrooms and vezzena cheese. He also has his own well-being centre, complete with sauna, Turkish bath and relaxation area.

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Malga Stablasolo in the Stelvio National Park

In the Stelvio National Park lies the Val di Rabbi, a lovely, unspoilt valley which is home to the Malga Stablasolo. To reach it, leave the car at the Nordic Ski Centre at Plan, and follow the path through the forest to Coler. From here, it’s 3,5km to the Malga and its fabulous range of traditional dishes. Leave some room for dessert. The Malga is famous for its old-fashioned sweets and cakes. 

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