The tour of Marcesina takes us through Malga Mandrielle and lets us discover the beauty of nature and the quality of typical products at great heights. The route is easy to walk and especially suitable for families.
From the LeMelette Sport & Gourmet Hut we follow the road to Valle di Campomulo, which opens to the north towards Ortigara, leaving behind the village of Gallio, the Baita and the ski lifts. We follow the main asphalted road, following the traffic regulations. After 300 metres, at the first junction, turn left onto the road leading to the Busafonda speed skating rink. Shortly afterwards, still on the left, we can see a small Alpine church dedicated to the veterans of Russia. The Malga Busafonda hut is ideal for tasting the excellent cheese made in the Malga itself.
We leave the Malga Busafonda on the right. After about 500 m, at the crossroads to Centro Fondo Gallio - Rifugio Campomulo, we go straight uphill and stay on the asphalt road towards Rifugio Campumuletto. Halfway up, turn right and return from Marcesina towards Sbarbatal. At the top of the hill, at the entrance to Campomuletto, when the view is good, you can enjoy a splendid panorama over the dolimits up to Marrmolada. In Campomuletto, which starts near the refuge, after an hour and a half walk, we visit the Sentiero del Silenzio - Monument to peace among men on the battlefield of the First World War.
We then descend slightly along the main road, which is no longer asphalted. After 800 m, on the left, there is the turnoff for Malga Fiara. Here we descend slightly towards Malga Mandrielle and reach it shortly afterwards. If you like, try the typical products of the region, from the famous Asiago di Malga cheese to the traditional Vicenza meat and a good wine. Near the entrance to Malga Mandrielle, on the right, there is a small reconstructed Austro-Hungarian military cemetery.
After only 100 metres we turn right and leave the road to Ortigara - Piazzale Lozze. After a few kilometres we descend towards the famous Piana di Marcesina near Malga Buson (excellent butter and cheese production). From here turn left to the right at the last hairpin bend and take the turnoff for Barricata (nearby a slope leads to Hanepos - Incudine) and continue south on the road across the pastures.
The majestic Piana di Marcesina, a plateau in the Sette Comuni with 6 dairies, can be visited on request (its existence is documented in 1200!). In the Malga II Lotto and Malga Buson (from which the Malga V Lotto is supplied) different cheeses and butter are produced.
Also the catastrophic destruction of the forests by the storm Vaia in autumn 2018 becomes immediately clear here.
With a little attention, we recognize the old border markers (from the 18th century), which bear witness to centuries of conflict between neighbouring communities: they are mighty carved stones. Continuing along the paths we reach the Rifugio Marcesina. Continue along the asphalted road that runs alongside the Albergo Marcesina.
A few hundred metres away is the old church of S. Lorenzo (built in the early 18th century, destroyed by the bombing of the First World War and rebuilt), next to which are several tombstones and the signs of a war cemetery. We should not forget a visit to alla Palude. Not far away, the area is full of specific vegetation and carnivorous plants from the Ice Age.
After reaching the Rifugio Marcesina, we go slightly uphill on the asphalt road towards Foza, after leaving Malga I ° Lotto Marcesina, turn left onto the dirt road towards Campocavallo - Sbarbatal. In the first section we enjoy the typical landscapes of the mountain meadows and woods surrounding the road on the gentle slope.
Turn right and leave the junction for Malga Camapocavallo. At the last bend, continue to the junction for Malga Slapeur. Arriving at the top of the Selletta Sbarbatal, a gentle descent leads to the junction with an asphalted road. Turning left towards Campomulo, we return to the starting road for Baita Sport & Gourmet LeMelette.