Rifugio Torre di Pisa – The Rocky Landscape of the Latemar, Dolomities

Rifugio Torre di Pisa

The Rifugio Torre di Pisa is the only refuge built on the Latemar group, one of the mountain ranges in the Dolomite Alps.

Its name is taken from the oblique pinnacle that is approximately twenty meters high located behind the refuge. The pinnacle particularly has a similar leaning shape as the famous Pisa tower. 

The rifugio has been renovated some times ago. Today it has the first floor in wooden for accommodation and the ground floor served for bar and restaurant activities. 

You can get there hiking directly from the autobus station Alpe Pampeago (1990m) which is near to the Latemar chairlift station. 

Now let’s explore this place together. 

Excursion information
  1. Starting point: Alpe Pampeago (1990m)
  2. Destination: Rifugio Torre di Pisa (2671)
  3. Altitude difference: 680m
  4. Duration: 4h (going and return), excluded 1h break 
  5. Difficulty level: E
  6. Best time for hiking: Jul-Sep
Rifugio Torre di Pisa (2671m)
How to get there by public transportation

From Trento, you can take bus to Alpe Pampeago in Val di Fiemme. The most convenient way is to take a bus from Trento autobus station to Cavalese station. Then, from Cavalese, there is a bus arriving directly to Alpe Pampeago, which is also its last stop. For the bus timetable, you can check it at the trentino public transportation website trentinotransporti

Alpe Pampeago
Alpe Pampeago bus stop
Hiking itineraries

For going, we turned left at the Latemar chairlift station (1990m), and followed the skiing track to go up hill. 

Latemar chairlift station
Latemar chairlift station
Turn left and follow the path until you see the skiing track

Continue walking along the skiing track, we arrive to Zischgalm restaurant. Behind this restaurant, there is a mountain signage showing a route to Passo Feudo. 

Zischgalm restaurant and bar (2010m)

After reaching the Passo Feudo (2121m),  you will see this mountain signage. To the rifugio Torre di Pisa, take the hiking route n. 516. 

To the rifugio Torre di Pisa, take the hiking route n. 516.

On both side of the hiking route, the Gentiana or “La Genziana” in Italian) were blooming spontaneously. 

La genziana

The final path of the hiking route is too rocky and rigid. Therefore, it is better you wear more structured hiking boots that provide you better support and stability on the rocky terrain.

As soon as arrived to the refuge, the rocky landscape of the Latemar group and the rest of the Dolomite Apls have took us to heaven. 

For return, we went down up to the Zischgalm restaurant and followed an unknown path, walking nicely in the wood, to return to Alpe Pampeago bus stop.

About the author


Nguyen has studied in Italy since 2012. She  is very passionate in learning Italian by exploring Italy’s rich culture, nature and local products. She finds herself fortunated to study and live in a beautiful country in the middle of the Mediterranean sea where it shares many similarities in culture with her homeland. She, therefore, launched this educational blog semprelearn.com to share her experience in studying Italian and other things.

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