This stage is quite long but simple with ups and downs, allowing an easy start.
We start from the sea of the Gulf of Trieste and end in the magical Val Rosandra. In the meantime, we admire Muggia Vecchia and the Laghetti delle Noghere, lakes which are full of turtles.
The stage is long and should not be underestimated by those who have little training. It can be interrupted in Muggia.
Risk of ticks.
Water points are present and well spread.
We leave the memorial stone of CamminaItalia 1995 in Lazzaretto di Muggia and take the path (named after Archduke Ludovico Salvatore). With gentle ups and downs, the path opens up to an interesting panoramic view of the Gulf of Trieste. We pass near the ruins of Forte Olmi.
Back on the track, we reach the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta in Muggia Vecchia, which is worth a stop. On the way down we arrive in the town of Muggia, from where it starts an asphalt uphill road towards Santa Barbara. From the small town, we descend on a wide path towards the industrial area and we start on a long asphalted stretch. Lastly, we return to the greenery near the small lakes of the Noghere (full of turtles), an ideal place for a snack.
The last real climb leads us to Caresana, where you can cool off at the fountain.
Halfway up the hill, passing through the villages of Dolina and Crogole, we reach the village of Bagnoli della Rosandra, where you can find the Val Rosandra Visitor Center. From there, after crossing the valley by road, we reach the Mario Premuda mountain hut.
The Premuda mountain hut, located at 82 m a.s.l., is the lowest in Italy. It was a fundamental mountain hut for Italian mountaineering as it was the seat of the Alpine Society of the Julian Alps, the first mountaineering school in Italy, founded in 1883.
Emilio Comici was a very skilled rock climber of the first half of the twentieth century and he was famous for his aesthetic conception of climbing. He began his career in Val Rosandra before moving to the Dolomites and becoming one of the heroes of the "sesto grado" era (“sixth grade” defines the most difficult grade of climbing).
Above the Premuda mountain hut runs the old route of the Südbahn, the Austro-Hungarian empire's railway that connected Vienna to Trieste. It was enlarged with a connection between Istria and Trieste, very useful to farmers who supplied the city with their products.
It was closed in the 1960s due to inactivity and it is today a beautiful cycle path that overflies the Val Rosandra.
Pinza is a typical cake from Trieste, usually eaten during Easter. It is a soft sweet dough with a delicate and almost neutral flavor, excellent also with ham or cheese. It is customary to eat it to end the fast on Good Friday.
B&B Torrente Rosandra, in Bagnoli Superiore della Rosandra. Tel. +39 366 146 0868 - +39 347 865 1624.
Rifugio Mario Premuda offers refreshments but has no available beds. Tel. +39 040 228147
Starting point reachable by car.
Starting point reachable by bus from the city of Trieste with a change in Muggia.
Here the LINK to check the timetables.
Departure point NOT reachable by train.
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