Our Mission and History

The decision to renovate this old house is born from love we all have for our country and its excellence. This recovery wants to prove that the right way forward is clear and visible to all: to enhance the beauty that exists, without burdening the land with structures that do not belong to it. The soul of Campei di Fondo will allow all those who are able to discover it, to spend, out of time and away from the hustle, a period of life in contact with their spirit in harmony with the beautiful natural setting of the Alto Garda Bresciano Park.

The alpine shelter uses hydropower and in part solar photovoltaic to provide services and basic amenities to the guests. By choice we have eliminated some services such as television and wi-fi to support, in respect of the environment, the possibility to communicate more with nature and the forest that surrounds the building. In some areas you can use your own mobile phone.

The house has spring water which, due to its constant flow rate and to the difference in level elevation, offers both running water for the health needs and a small but steady production of electricity by the use of a micro turbine. The energy produced is stored in a set of batteries that allow the operation of the electrical system of the Refuge as well as, when the batteries are fully charged, heat the water for the shower and the sink dishwasher.

Space heating is provided by a thermal chimney which, fuelled by using wood from the turnover of the surrounding forest, heats the water in the radiators and sanitary facilities in tune with the surplus of electricity.

We offer our passionate work and a simple but accurate service in full respect of environment.
Particularly interesting is the history that brings us back to other times when it was necessary the total self-sufficiency and life flowed in harmony with man and nature that surrounded him.

The whole building-complex, dating back to the XVIIth century, consisted of a main building that included a large stable and a hayloft, a residential wing where the owners resided for most of the year and of another hut where cheese and butter were made. At least three other small buildings were located in the valley, where both agricultural and hunting activities were managed. Very evocative the small house of Campei di Mezzo (middle location) now completely ruined, from where you can enjoy a splendid view of Lake Garda that we are going to renovate to create a bivouac.

Campei di Fondo and di Mezzo, along with Campei Cima, were part of a system of alpine huts much older, super organized and self-sufficient that allowed the small local community to survive and maintain itself. We have finds of Neolithic caves and sites in the valleys, but the most recent history brings us back to Andreoli family originally from Armo, a small municipality in Valvestino. They were herdsmen who had settled in the XVIIth century in the small village of S. Maria of Navazzo in Monte Gargnano where they started their various activities. At first they bred cattle, then began selling dairy products, thus earning money to buy pastures and woodlands in the region. They bought the house in Campei di Cima, together with Campei di Mezzo e Campei di Fondo and in Campei di Cima in 1602 they built a small chapel dedicated to S. Maria della Neve (our Lady of the Snow).

Every year on August 5th a Mass is celebrated in honour of the Madonna. The small group of houses has been recently renovated and is run by the local Alpine Club of Salò as a Refuge and an educational centre.

The owners of the valley placed at the disposal of the workers and their families the buildings located strategically in the meadows and pastures within walking distance of many springs that flow from the south side of the Mount Pracalvis and Mount Alberelli. The main feature of this system was the opportunity to live there all year round, while normally a pasture is used only during the summer. In Campei Valley a quite good farming was possible : crops of rye, potatoes, barley, fruits and chestnuts, along with cattle and goats and the production of fodder, charcoal and wood for building allowed the families of residents to live in self-sufficiency throughout the year in this valley that also enjoys a microclimate fairly warm and mild. Agricultural products were partly consumed locally and partly sold on the Riviera del Garda where they were transported with the help of mules and wagons pulled by oxen. Our intention is to recover these ancient crafts and to create of a small museum that we will set up in the old dairy toll of Campei di Fondo, in proud memory of the work and the toil of our "old".

Currently, the Valley is owned and operated by state-owned ERSAF Lombardy Region (through its office in Gargnano) that takes cares and enhances the beautiful forest and wildlife excellence.

 

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