Seven of the Most Beautiful Weekend Camping Destinations in Italy

Waterfall in Val di Mello

Waterfall in Val di Mello by Kieran Cunningham

Campeggio Sasso Remenno, Val Masino

Dubbed the ‘Little Yosemite of Europe’, Val Masino and the neighboring Val di Mello are just as much a climber’s Mecca and every bit as visually outstanding as their North American big brother. Campeggio Sasso Remenno offers a (fairly) civilized, idyllic, riverside camping spot within a stone’s throw of Europe’s largest free-standing boulder (Sasso Remenno) and is a short walk from the cute, rustic alpine village of San Martino. If things get a little toasty in the summer months, the Masino River – about ten paces from the campsite’s restaurant and café – is the perfect foil to the searing alpine sun!

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The hiking possibilities in the area are endless. Most notable is the 3-hour trek up to Rifugio Gianetti, a mountain hut located at the foot of the famed Piz Badile and Piz Cengalo. Alternately, you could take on the epic ‘four passes’ hike from Bagni di Masino up to Rifugio Gianetti and then – eventually! – down to Val di Mello by way of Val di Zocca, wild camping wherever you please along the way – That is, if you don’t mind the 10,000ft of ascent!

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