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From the Resinelli Plans to the Rosalba Refuge

One of the most classic destinations in the Lombardy Prealps. Dolomite-style views, an hour's drive from Milan.
3:00 h


Rifugio Rosalba is one of the most classic destinations in the Lecco mountains: the landscape it's nestled in truly resembles the Dolomites, thanks to the limestone towers and spires typical of the alpine environment of the Grigne. Moreover, three different paths lead to the hut: the comfortable Path of Foppe (1.45 hours, described here), passing through the Path of the Dead (1.30 hours, steeper and more exposed), to the spectacular and famous Direttissima (3.00 hours, an equipped route, relatively easy to traverse for experienced hikers, crowded in summer). The classic route is the Path of Foppe, starting from the former Rifugio Alippi: it's reached by descending south on the road from Piani Resinelli.

From Rifugio Alippi (1183 m), we walk into the woods, in spring filled with the scent of cyclamens. We then descend into the bottom of a wide alluvial gorge, where the first Dolomite views open up. The path, until now mostly flat, gradually becomes steeper. Once we reach the junction for the Path of the Dead, we start climbing more decisively. After a few minutes, we emerge from the woods: from now on, we have a truly interesting hour of walking ahead, on spectacular grassy slopes hosting a varied display of statues, spires, and limestone pinnacles. On the right, the imposing bulk of Torre Cecilia accompanies us, while at the top of the grassy slope, we can already see, seemingly close, Rifugio Rosalba.

The view from Rifugio Rosalba (1730 m, 1.45 hours) opens up to the massif of the Northern Grigna, Lake Como, and the line of mountains framing it, as well as the distant snow-capped mountains of Switzerland. In summer, we can enjoy the scene of hordes of climbers crowding the walls of Torrione del Cinquantenario, attempting to conquer its peak and the characteristic bell.

We return via the same route of ascent (1.15 hours).






The mountains are a dangerous environment: make sure you always have the right equipment — hiking or trail shoes, warm clothes and waterproofs in case of unexpected changes in weather conditions, a small emergency kit.


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  • Breathable t-shirt ( example )

  • Sweatshirt, fleece, or light jacket

  • Waterproof windbreaker (for example: men / women )

  • Gloves and hat (you never know)

  • Backpack with rain cover

  • Trekking poles (not essential, but they help to unload the weight of the backpack and ease the impact on the joints)

  • Trekking or trail running shoes (in great vogue lately because they are lightweight. These Salomon ones - for men and women - are an excellent entry-level, preferably Gore-Tex)

  • For via ferratas: complete via ferrata kit (I have this one , very light and compact, with this harness and helmet — or you can buy complete kits ). Buy in store to receive ad hoc support

  • To sleep a night in a refuge: sheet or light sleeping bag

  • Water bottle or thermos

  • Light crampons if you think you will find ice or snow on the route

  • Power bank or cell phone charger

  • Camera

  • Drone, for those who love to "fly" (used in moderation and at a distance from other people. I have had the DJI Mini 2 for over 2 years and have found myself very happy with it. The DJI Mini 3 also allows you to take vertical photographs)

  • Small emergency kit ( example )

  • Sun cream (essential)

  • Sunglasses


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