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Refuge Premuda

The lowest refuge in Italy

About this place

At 82 m high, the Premuda refuge in Trieste is the lowest in all of Italy. The small refuge, founded in 1933 by a Trieste section of CAI, stands in the shade of trees on the left bank of the Rosandra stream. From here, numerous trails, more or less challenging, start through the beautiful Rosandra Valley. The refuge is home to the mountaineering school, and the area is also a destination for cavers, attracted by the karst nature of the area.

Why visit it


The nature reserve

The Rosandra Valley is a protected area, safeguarding the great natural heritage it contains. The reserve holds a wide variety of pre-Alpine plant and animal species and is rich in karst cavities.


Near Trieste

The Premuda refuge is located at the entrance to the beautiful Val Rosandra, a natural paradise in San Dorligo della Valle, just 10 km from the city of Trieste. For those visiting the city, a stop at the shelter is a must.


Relaxed environment

The family-run business welcomes visitors to an enchanted corner of the Rosandra Valley, where they can dine among the trees on outdoor tables. The setting is quiet and the atmosphere is friendly and genuine.

Services offered

The Premuda shelter offers food service with 25 seats inside, plus those outside with tables and benches. The cuisine is typical and offers local dishes: gnocchi with wild boar goulash, bread dumplings, jota, cevapcici, and potatoes in tecia are just a few examples.

The shelter does not have any beds.


The Premuda Shelter is open year-round, except in February.

Opening hours are 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to midnight. The closing day is Tuesday.

It is advisable to check the actual opening in advance, which may change depending on other variables.

The Rosandra Valley

The Premuda hut stands at the entrance to Val Rosandra and is the starting point for exploring this enchanting valley.
The landscape has both pre-Alpine and Mediterranean elements and is dotted with caves. The valley is cut in two by the Rosandra stream, which forms a spectacular 35-meter waterfall visible from the trail to Bottazzo.
There are numerous walls equipped as climbing walls. Of hiking interest is the lonely Comici cippus; delightful is the small church of Santa Maria in Siaris.
The Rosandra Valley can also be admired by bicycle, thanks to the bicycle-pedestrian path that was traced over the old Trieste-Erpelle Cosina railway.

Getting there

From Trieste, reach Bagnoli della Rosandra by car or city bus. The shelter is about 1 km from the village, to which it is connected by a paved road that can be traveled on foot or by car. The road is passable by car only from Monday to Friday.


The shelter has ample parking. On Saturdays and Sundays parking is available at the Bagnoli della Rosandra Visitor Center.


The Premuda shelter offers food service only. It has no beds for overnight stay.

The refuge is about 10 km from Trieste and can be easily reached in less than half an hour from the city by car or city bus plus a short walk.

The waterfall can be reached in about 45 minutes of walking on an easy path through the forest.

Contact the shelter

Through this section you can contact the Premuda Shelter directly. You can inquire about services, rates, meal and overnight reservation, weather and trail status information, and trails. Remember that with this phone number you will contact the managers of the business directly. Explorer FVG is only an intermediary and does not handle the responses, nor is it responsible for the information exchanged in these conversations.

Contact information:
Premuda Shelter
Location Upper Bagnoli, 245
34018 San Dorligo della Valle (TS)

Manager: Devid Gombach

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