A Region of Hidden Gems
40% of Lombardy's territory is made up of the Alps and Prealps, a rising, imposing fortress of mountains strewn with rivers and lakes. From Madesimo to Foppolo, Bormio to Livigno, Santa Caterina Valfurva to Ponte di Legno, there are about 13,000 mountain trails, of which almost 7,000 are way-marked. There are long-distance hiking paths such as the Rome Trail, Orobie Trail and the Cadorna Line, family-friendly nature trails, walls – particularly those around Lecco where some of Italy’s best-known climbers and mountaineers cut their teeth – to climb, and hundreds of kilometres of ski slopes come wintertime.
“Lombardy is full of hidden gems. It has nature, art, mountains, lakes and historical villages. Alongside the more popular destinations there are fascinating, secret, wild places just waiting to be discovered. There are countless trails to suit all tastes. Experiencing the Lombardy mountains means discovering enchanting places, interconnected by trails that unfold like multi-coloured threads in a colourful canvas.”
The majority of Lombardy’s 140 huts operate in both summer and winter. They offer shelter, a place to sleep, eat and meet others. They are both the starting and ending point for millions of journeys and they open doors that would otherwise remain closed to less experienced mountain explorers. Families with young children, older people, those new to outdoor activities, would all struggle to take their first steps into the higher reaches of the Italian alps without the support and hospitality of strategically placed mountain huts.
Nature is something everyone should have access to. Rifugi di Lombardia is enabling that access and allowing all of us to be explorers.
The story of Rifugi di Lombardia is one of many. Through the extra Covid-19 funding of the Explore Fund we’ve been able to help more than 20 different organisations and groups that make exploration possible. Check back soon to discover their stories.