At the foot of Monte Rosa (which means pink mountain because of its color at dawn), in a sort of valley scattered with rocks spread out like crumbs from the rocky walls surrounding it, there is a cute refuge built in 1925 and re-decorated in the 1980’s (hence the formica tables), the Rifugio Zamboni-Zappa.
I spent a night there in July with Alex and Giulio and I took at least thirty photos with my smartphone. Waking up in such an outstanding location and having breakfast in such a unique refuge, it is an experience in life.
The refuge is set in a valley on the East side of the imposing Monte Rosa, The refuge is set in a valley on the east side of the imposing Monte Rosa, offering a unique perspective of the mountain. To get there, you have to take two chair lifts (or walk it, depending on your legs) from Macugnaga, ascending panoramic paths and crossing the glacier, it normally takes about an hour.
The refuge, run by a lovely, friendly couple, is open during the good weather season and hosts people for the night or just for lunch.
I recommend you sleep there (don’t forget to book).
When at the end of afternoon the last group of tourists leave, you find yourself in the shade of Monte Rosa‘s peaks, surrounded by the force of nature and an epic solitude and this beautiful refuge is the perfect place to experience it from.