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situated in Vallon Popera - COMELICO SUPERIORE Casamazzagno BL
Telephone: 0435 67155 - 0435 366104
www.rifugioberti.it - info@rifugioberti.it

tax code number 00877240259

Maneger Bruno Martini with his wife Rita
Via Crode 49 Fr.Casamazzagno - COMELICO SUPERIORE BL 32040
winter phone number 0435 68031 - mobil phone number 389 4317127

OPEN 2018 from 23 June to 23 September

The mountain hut, which stands at an altitude of 1,950 metres, is situated in an amazing geographical location just below the Vallon Popera and the crest of Creston Popera which make up the Dolomite Group of the Popera, this area was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2009. It’s located in the municipality of Comelico Superiore in the province of Belluno. It’s about an hours walk from the Rifugio Lunelli car park. The “rifugio” is named after Antonio Berti a great mountaineer defined as “The Poet of the Peaks” because of
his numerous mountaineering exploits and his detailed descriptions of the Eastern Dolomites.

The hut is a full service hut which includes a bar and restaurant. You’ll enjoy hearty traditional mountain food and in particular you’ll be able to savour a local dish called “Mès” .
The “rifugio” offers simple facilities, it sleeps 48. It has two communal dormitories with 14 to18 bunk beds, and some small private rooms which sleep 2 to 4. Facilities include 4 toilets, 10 washbasins, a shower with hot and cold running water, and electricity on 24hrs a day. All guests must use a sheet sleeping bag (on sale at the hut) each bunk has a matress, blanket and pillow.Towels are not supplied.
It’s best to book ahead especially during the high season.

The hut is a perfect base for climbers and keen walkers.
It’s a starting point for various routes and “vie ferrate” such as ferrate Roghel and Cengia Gabriella and Strada degli Alpini, remarkable high altitude routes where you can enjoy the Popera group in all its magnificence by going from hut to hut in a circuit and eventually join up with the “via ferrate” and mountain hutsof the Three Peaks (Tre Cime di Lavaredo) area.
It’s also possible to reach the ferrata Zandonella to Croda Rossa route from the hut, which is a day trip.This route climbs up paths that were built by the Alpine troops during the First World War. The hut is also a stop-over for the N.9 High Altitude Route which crosses the Dolomites from west to east and N.5 Hight Altitude Route "di Tiziano".

There are many remnants of the First World War that you can see along the walking routes of the Vallon Popera such as: the ex Olivo Sala hut which was the Italian troops’ headquarters, the trenches and tunnels built by the troops, the strategic and historical " Passo della Sentinella” (“Sentinel Pass”) where traces of the heroic feats of these soldiers are still visible today. In 1983 the remains of an unknown alpine soldier (called The Unknown Soldier of the Popera”)were found in the narrow gorge of the “Passo della Sentinella” . His remains have been buried in the military cemetry of Santo Stefano di Cadore.

An extrodinary and interesting route which leads to the discovery of the fortifications of the “Vallo Alpino Littorio” is the defence route called “Linea Non Mi Fido” literally “Don’t Trust Them Route”. It was built during the fascist era because the Italians feared an attack from the German troops after the occupation of Austria, it was actually never used.

Just a short distance from the hut is a beautiful little alpine lake called Laghetto Popera, and the torrent Risena waterfalls much admired by Pope John Paul II during an excursion to the Hut. It’s a great look-out point where you’ll be amazed at the magnificent views of Campanili di Popera, Monte Popera, Croda Rossa, Pala, Triangolo di Popera, these majestic and imposing peaks, “once beheld will never be forgotten” This is what two British mountaineers wrote refering to the Popera Group in their book entitled “The Dolomite Mountains” published back in 1864.

During the flowering season you can enjoy relaxing walks amidst a fairytale explosion of brilliant colours.

This scenic splendour is set against a backdrop of spectacular dawns and romantic sunsets. Truly magical.

The CAI (Club Alpino Italiano) of Padua owns the hut and it has been run by the Martini family since 1978. Bruno and his wife Rita who are both expert mountaineers, will give you a very warm welcome and are only too happy to give you any information you need about routes and itineries.
The Martinis have spent over 40 summers working in this alpine bliss and have never lost their love and enthusiasm for the mountains. They invite you to discover and experience the splendid views, the stunning colours, the peace and serenity of this unique area.

“We look forward to sharing
our little piece of paradise
with you”

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