Among the peaks of Northern Italy there is a corner of Tibet, a refuge in perfect Tibetan style. Where is it and what is the atmosphere like?
On the “ROOF OF THE WORLD”: the corner of TIBET in Northern Italy
If you would like to visit Tibet but it’s a too ambitious destination for your budget, in Northern Italy – just two hours from Milan – you can spend a stay in full Tibetan style without straying too far. Not only is the refuge built following the traditional Tibetan model, but also the ecosystem in which the structure is positioned evokes the very high peaks that have given Tibet the nickname “roof of the world”. Where is this corner of Tibet hiding a few kilometers from home? Let’s see it together.
# Among the peaks of the Stelvio Pass there is a corner of Tibet
First of all, it should be noted that it is not only a structure intended for overnight stays, in fact the Tibet Refuge is also a restaurant. Located at 2.800 meters above sea level on the Stelvio Pass, halfway between Lombardy and Alto Adige. At this height and surrounded by mountain beauties, it goes without saying that the panoramic view is truly breathtaking. The night rests under a sky full of stars, while during the day you can sunbathe on the panoramic terrace.
# But what is a Tibetan refuge doing in the mountains of Northern Italy?
But when you think about it, it’s really strange: a Tibetan refuge in the mountains of Northern Italy. How was this structure born and above all why? It all started with a book. After reading “Seven years in Tibet”, the hotelier Fritz Angerer decided to contact the author and the two began an epistolary relationship that lasted for years. From this unexpected relationship and Angerer’s passion for Tibet, the refuge was created, designed entirely by the renowned architect Gutweniger. It was the years 1959-1961 and today the structure has remained as the original one. The terrace, on the other hand, dates back to the 90s, added to offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful panorama and breathe the clean mountain air.
# A mix of Tibetan architecture and South Tyrolean cuisine
The Tibetan influence is reflected in the architectural style of the refuge, but in terms of the atmosphere it is undoubtedly South Tyrolean. While you enjoy the view on the terrace, imagining you are in a refuge on the Tibetan peaks, the bar/restaurant offers its own typical South Tyrolean cuisine, such as goulash or apple strudel, and Valtellina, such as pizzoccheri. In short, the refuge is a mix of Tibet and South Tyrol, and for this reason it offers a unique experience that cannot be lived elsewhere.
Perfect for Tibet lovers but also for hiking lovers, the Tibet Refuge is the perfect demonstration that it is possible to make your dreams come true, whatever your dream is.