Rifugio Bella Vista | Bed & Breakfast in Trentino-Alto Adige | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Bed & Breakfast

Rifugio Bella Vista - Bed & Breakfast in Trentino-Alto Adige

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Maso Corto, 39020 Senales, Bolzano / Bozen
Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

The Manager

+39 0473 679130(landline)

Snug, woody rooms and a dorm for 18 at nearly 3000m – a terrace with magnificent wraparound mountain landscape views

With probably the highest sauna in Europe, this eco-smart, rustic refuge is memorable for all the right reasons. At nearly 3000m the views are breath-taking; you’ve 7.5k of ski piste to explore and the altitude makes meals taste extra good. Tyrolean specialities like knödel  (cheese and veg, or meat and veg dumplings), goulash and apple strudel are made on the spot.  Fresh ingredients come from the Gruger’s Golden Rose Hotel garden down in Certosa Village - known too for its Carthusian monastery. Paul looks after the refuge and is happy to advise on everything. Behind red wooden shutters comfortable bedrooms have stacks of fairy-tale charm in wood everywhere: in walls, doors, creaky floors, beds, beams, tables, washbasins even; and in checked red and white duvet covers.  It would be great to come with a gang of friends and take over the 18-sleeper attic dorm. Bathrooms are shared; shower rooms have magnificent mountain landscape views with glaciers and lakes. So too, of course, does the popular terrace. If you can tear yourself away the extraordinary Archeo Park open-air museum is fascinating. 

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from The Manager:

Local points of interest from
The Manager:

  • PITCH-PERFECT SKIING: Bella Vista Mountain Lodge is situated right along the slopes – literally ski in, ski out. Early birds can start the day off in bliss: with a run through virgin powder.
  • SAUNA: Bella Vista boasts Europe’s highest outdoor sauna, surrounded by the eternal ice of the Senales Glacier. After a sauna session with wood-burning brazier, gaze up at the starry sky from the hot tub.
  • ICEMAN: In 1991, two hikers came upon a body along a ridge bordering our Senales Valley. It turned out to be Europe’s oldest natural mummy – Ötzi, now an international sensation. Experienced hikers can visit the site where the Iceman was discovered.
  • TRANSHUMANCE: Twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall, shepherds drive their flocks right past Bella Vista Mountain Lodge. This ritual, designated as UNESCO World Heritage, is the only cross-border, trans-glacial drive in existence.
  • ARCHEOLOGICAL TRAIL (A1): Walk in the footsteps of the hunters and herders who have been traveling this path for thousands of years. These special trails are marked with a stylized axe; copper informational signs point the way to pre-Christian sites.
  • ARCHEOPARK: Children and adults alike will love visiting Ötzi’s Copper Age world: bake bread, shoot arrows, ignite a fire or make jewellery just like he would have done. It’s along the road to the refuge – a perfect place to stop off for a few hours.
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  • 19 Doubles
  • , 1 Bunk room for 18
Price:(i) 66 to178 per night

Booking info:


Half board included in the price. Restaurants 2km.


Early-October to mid-November; early-May to end-June.


Maso Corto, 39020 Senales, Bolzano / Bozen

B&B 19 Double rooms
sleeps 2-5
Price: (i) 152 to 178 per night
B&B 1 Bunk room
price per person; 4 shower room, 4 separate wc all shared with the double rooms
Price: (i) 66 to 76 per night

The Manager

+39 0473 679130(landline)