A walk in

Campofontana

on a Winter Sunday
Last Sunday I went to Campofontana for a walk.

It was quite busy up there, it’s becoming more and more popular to go to the mountains at weekends.

Sundays in Campofontana

Campofontana, in the Natural Park of Lessinia, is very convenient for those that live in Verona and Vicenza, and it’s beautiful.

campofontana
campofontana

The itinerary

Usually when I go to Campofontana I take the road that from the Cemetery goes up towards the famous beech, passing by Contrà Pagani.

A couple of times I also went to Mount Telegrafo, not this time (due to headache). 

Last Sunday I wanted to try a different path, that I had heard about. I took the road that cuts to the left just before the town of Campofontana, there’s a sign directing to Agriturismo L’Incanto.

This road passes contrade Grisi and Zocca and after the last contrada there’s a gravel road (on the right) and a path (on the left).

The path, number 251, goes through a thicket, that is the reason why I wanted to walk there.

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Beechwood

And here was the nice grove that I had heard about. A beechwood, to be precise.

Beechwoods are particularly nice, trucks are clean and high, the undergrowth is also neat.  

Another beechwood I like a lot is the one in Cansiglio, that is much larger, but this one in Campofontana is closer if you live in Vicenza like I do.

faggeto campofontana
faggeto campofontana
We stopped to take some pictures because it was too beautiful. 
parco naturale della lessinia
faggeto campofontana
sentiero 251 campofontana
bucaneve campofontana

Snowdrops

And here comes the surprise: snowdrops. 

You could barely see them, they were just the promise of a white lawn.

There were so many, it was almost impossible not to step on them. 

faggeto campofontana

Lodges/ agriturismi

Agriturismo Bucaneve

Surely, this agriturismo couldn’t have a different name (Bucaneve is snowdrop in Italian). You can get there by car, but of course the short walk in the wood is recommended.

It’s a nice location, near the wood but sunny, at least at lunch time.

agriturismo bucaneve campofontana

Rifugio Monte Torla

The Torla has become very popular since it opened in 2018. 

I don’t know if they refurbished an Alpine cottage that was already there, but that is the style. Beautiful inside and outside. In the toilet the sink is huge, like those of the great-grandparents. 

rifugio torla campofontana

We ate at rifugio Torla, but there were too many people. It felt like the beach in Summer.

Next time I will probably stop in another of those agriturismi nearby. Better to book, by whatsapp as there’s no signal there. 

gnocchi:

Monte Veronese and fumed ricotta

tagliere rifugio monte torla

Cold cuts and cheese

pranzo rifugio monte torla

Bona la mostarda!

Going back we took the other road, the one that goes higher, near the contrada Pagani. 
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Smog!

These last weeks the smog alert was high in our cities. And you could see it from up there.

There was a pink-grey strip that looked pretty, like low clouds lighten by the setting sun.

But no, it was smog, pollution.

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Walking back
foto campofontana
lessinia
parco naturale lessinia
paesaggio campofontana
parco naturale lessinia

Contrà Pagani

Anyone who has been to Campofontana before knows Contrà Pagani.

It’s a typical contrada of the Cimbri, the population of the area. 

contr? pagani campofontana
contr? pagani campofontana
contr? pagani campofontana

Campofontana and Natural Park of Lessinia are beautiful in every Season.

It is true that recently they have become very popular, a bit too much to my taste (usually you go to the mountains to find some peace). 

But it must be the fashion of these years, Dolomites are swarmed with tourists too. 

It’s ok, as long as the mountain doesn’t suffer from this, as we should all enjoy the beauties of Nature. 

But it’s important that we respect it. 

parco naturale della lessinia
parco naturale della lessinia

A week later…

One week later we went back to Campofontana because it had snowed and I was looking forward to a walk in the snow and to check out the snowdrops. We also found some other pretty flowers (the winter roses, we call them). Love.

cava di marmo campofontana
campofontana contrada pozza
neve a campofontana
casa vecchia campofontana
gatto a campofontana
campofontana arte cimbra
neve faggeta campofontana
punaro a campofontana
cavallo a campofontana
rosa d'inverno campofontana
faggeta campofontana con neve
neve campofontana
bucaneve campofontana
bucaneve campofontana
agriturismo bucaneve campofontana
katty piazza
luca fracca
rifugio torla campofontana
neve a campofontana
campofontana cimbra
neve a campofontana
neve a campofontana
porto di sopra campofontana
porto di sopra campofontana

This time we walked a bit more. We went up to Porto di Sopra and we wanted to hike to the Telegrafo, but we took the wrong path.

porto di sopra campofontana
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campofontana
contr? pagani campofontana

Contrà Pagani always beautiful.

contr? campofontana
contr? pagani campofontana
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