Perched high in the South Tyrolean Alps, the Rifugio Passo del Vivione is a small but comfortable hotel catering to hikers, bikers, and anyone else who enjoys the stunning scenery that surrounds it. It is usually open only between the spring thaw and the first real snows, with the 1828m high road being mostly impassable during winter.
There are twenty beds available in rooms accommodating up to four people, with full daily linen service. Breakfast and light snacks are served in the bar every morning and through the day, while an evening restaurant features the best of the local produce which is served on the scenic outdoor terrace when the weather allows.
The area is a favourite among motorcyclists and mountain bikers because of its challenging, twisting mountain roads and trails, while walkers can explore the century-old ruins that Vivione and nearby areas are renowned for.
The road across the pass itself was built during WW1 to carry supplies to troops fighting for control of the vital Alpine supply routes. The fighting was bitter and extensive, and the many fascinating remains of military trails, fortifications, and trenches make this an absorbing if somewhat sombre place to visit during the 100th anniversary years of the Great War.
Whatever your reasons for wishing to explore this breathtaking landscape, the Rifugio Passo del Vivione offers a homely base to return to every evening, with the friendly owners ready to treat you to a taste of the real Tyrolean alpine lifestyle amidst spectacular mountain scenery.
For further informations: www.passodelvivione.it