The Questa Refuge

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Emilio Questa Refuge (2388 m) stands on a rocky outcrop on the north shore of the Lago delle Portette, in the centre of wide basin surrounded by the peaks of Portette, Claus and Prefouns. It lies in the municipality of Valdieri, in the Province of Cuneo. The Refuge overlooks the Valasco plain, in the middle of which stands the former royal hunting lodge, Monte Matto and the Cresta Savoia to the west

Situated in the Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime, it makes an ideal places for outings looking for wildlife, you can see chamois, ibex, marmots and the elusive lammergeier. It is also well suited to climbing at all levels and hiking to the surrounding peaks. The Refuge is an old stone military barracks that has been used by the Ligurian section of the Club Alpino Italiano since 1925, it was partly rebuilt in 1937, added to in 1952 and 1986.

The door opens onto the dining room, furnished in wood where traditional Piedmontese meals can be taken, or just something from the bar and a rest. The sleeping accommodation is comprised of three dormitories sleeping 6, 14 and 10 on the first floor and ground floor.

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