Lago Vannino Dam
At the dam end of Lago Vannino, there are a few buildings, among them the Rifugio Marqaroli, where I was lucky to arrive at the very last day of the season, so I could still have something to eat and drink. Here, the GTA and the blue Via Alpina split up, and I continue on yet another trail, towards Lago Busin.
Descending on the GTA route from Scatta Minoia, here's a nice view down onto Lago Vannino in it's bea...
On the GTA route, this bivacco offers shelter en route from Lago di Dévero to Lago Vannino. When I vi...
A really special place. This is one of the few lakes in the area which aren't artificial. The landsca...
En route from Lago Busin inferiore to Bocchetta della Valle, after having passed Lago Busin superiore...
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