Day 4: Rifugio Elisabetta to Rifugio Maison Vieille

Italy Keeps on Giving

See our video recap of Day 4 here.

After the previous night’s dinner, breakfast left a lot to be desired – stale bread and jam once again.  Prepackaged muffins were provided, which at least provided some additional substance.

The day’s hike proved to be our best so far.  With not a single cloud in the sky, we were treated to spectacular panoramic views of Mont Blanc.  The weather could not have been better for this truly indescribable stretch of the trail.

We reached our destination, the Rifugio Maison Vieille, at lunch time and feasted on a fantastic meal of mushroom tagliatelle and polenta with cheese and sausage – complete with a liter of wine!  With the warm weather and the lounge chairs provided at the refuge, we spent the afternoon reading and relaxing outside.

We upgraded to a nice private room for the night.  Bath facilities at the refuge are unisex, and the shower was only lukewarm, though given the temperature this wasn’t a big deal for us.

After the scrumptious lunch, I was slightly disappointed in the dinner, which consisted of spaghetti pomodoro, beef and vegetables with a caramel cake for dessert.  I imagine this is due to the fact that the dinner is part of the “half-pension” package, while the refuge  restaurant is open to the public, and in fact, several local patrons were there for lunch.

Day 4 was a short one; we hiked for just more than 4 hours, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.


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