Casa Folga is a beautifully restored Alpine barn once used as shelter for the cows and farmer during the summer months of high Alpine pasture grazing. The rushing sound of water is constant from the nearby Folga mountain stream. The loft and first floor are dedicated to sleeping (each sleeps five in an open space, as in all mountain refuges), and the middle floor is dedicated to the common area, with a full kitchen overlooking 12 feet of glass, couch and two comfy leather chairs and an eating nook, characteristic of Alpine homes. On the second and third floors are two full baths with walk-in showers. On the first floor, where the original hearth once was, the rotonda, has been transformed into a library with books for children and adults in four languages.
This home has been built with all natural constructions techniques, naturally oiled wood, cork insulated plaster, and stone. It is an ideal allergen-free environment for those allergic to mites, which cannot live over 1000 meters.
Hiking and Biking Paradise: From Casa Folga, you can start hiking or mountain biking without getting in your car. Or, you can go five minutes farther up to the Calaita Lake, from which hundreds of trails start for all levels. Once you are on the crest of the mountains, there are trails that lead you from one to the other crest for a breathtaking experience at 7500 feet. There are also hundreds of World War I trenches, roads and trails still visible in these mountains which were the site of much battle between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies.
Music Concert Series: In this area every year, the Sounds of the Dolomites Concert Series takes place all summer. Moving around in location, it combines hiking to a beautiful spot, with internationally acclaimed musicians performing in the mountain fields. Some driving to the beginning of the hike is necessary, but when you arrive and hear music playing at 7000 feet or more, it is astounding. Genres run from classical to jazz to middle-Eastern and New world, to traditional folk music.
Sightseeing: Every tiny mountain town in the area should be explored. Off the main road, the ancient stone buildings are clustered together for warmth. The architecture is beautiful, there are many small summer and fall fairs with food, drink, and traditional crafts, and summer town concerts are free.
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Casa Folga is 200 meters of altitude farther up than the town of Zortea, at the top of a 1500 foot private road accessible only by AWD vehicle, next to a mountain stream, Torrente Folga, in the beautiful and little visited Valle Del Vanoi, in the Trentino region. AWD vehicles can be rented at the Venice airport. If you don't have an AWD vehicle, you can park at the beginning of the road, and hike or snowshoe up, depending on the season. Zortea has a small supermarket, tobacco and newspaper store, two bars, a small hotel with a restaurant, and a shop that makes and sells organic goat cheese. There is a wonderful agriturismo restaurant, Agritur, in walking distance from our house, with great local food. Five or six miles further up the road is the magnificent Calaita Lake, the starting point of hundreds of trails, even as far as San Martino di Castrozza. There is a bar and restaurant also here at the lake.
Other Activities: touring small ancient mountain villages
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