Cascina Piana, Val di Mello
23010 Val Masino (SO) – Italia
Practical information on how to reach us
Val di Mello is a small valley without driveways, located at the end of Val Masino, a cross valley on the North side of Valtellina. After driving along the main road from Lecco along the shore of Lake Como, when you arrive in Colico, follow the direction to Sondrio. At Ardenno (a small town 7 km after Morbegno), you have to turn left following Val Masino. After about 16 km, you come to San Martino, the highest village of the Val Masino, situated at the beginning of Val di Mello.
In January 2009, the Lombardy Region has recognized Val di Mello as a nature reserve, thus becoming the largest protected area of Lombardy. Access by car to the Val di Mello is therefore forbidden. The only way to reach the Val di Mello is to park your car near San Martino and continue on foot or use the shuttle bus service that lets you reach the end of the carriage road (departures every 15 minutes at € 2 each way for adults and € 1 for children).
After the trip by shuttle bus, begins the real journey to the heart of the Val di Mello through a wide mule track, almost completely flat, easy and affordable by everyone, through a range of meadows and next to wondrful river.
Following the trail for 5 min. about, you reach Ca’ di Carna, near a lovely bridge that leads to a group of lodge on the other side of the valley. We continue forward, without crossing the bridge, and after another 5 minutes, we reach the Cascina Piana (m. 1092), where at the beginning of the group of lodge, on the right, there is Rifugio Mello.