Alpe Panin 1
Perched on a ridge above Rio Panin is a small rifugio at Alpe Panin. This is normally closed - apparently one can pick up a key in Postua and stay there for 5€ a night, but since I came from the other side I had no opportunity of collecting the key. For once I regretted this - the rifugio looks well-equipped and homely - quite a surprise in such a remote location.
Near the rifugio Alpe Panin, there's a picknick spot with a spectacular view perched upon the edge of...
Crossing the Sella Bassa a dark cloud is coming up. Instead of retreating back the way I came to Scop...
Here the path from Scopa has emerged from the forest. The trail follows a different route to that giv...
Tra Scopa e Scopello
Ponte a Scopa
Ponte metallico a Scopa
Scopello, valsesia, scuola e chiesa
Ponte sul Sesia in località Scopetta,comune di Scopa
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