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Giovanni Santi Mountain Lodge

The Giovanni Santi alpine lodge is situated at 1308 metres above sea level on the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, set in an enchanted forest of beech trees a few kilometres from the village of Renaio.

Due to its location and the ease with which it can be reached by car, it is the ideal starting point for numerous summer and winter excursions. At the G. Santi lodge it is also possible to taste typical local products in a pleasant and comfortable environment.

The construction of the lodge dates back to 1934, when the then Forestry Militia built the Vetricia barracks as an important garrison for the surveillance of the mountain that was not yet served by roads and as a base of operations for the reforestation of the area.

The Forestry Militia was particularly active in the mountains above Barga before and after World War II until the abolition of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Giovanni Santi, after whom the lodge is named, was one of the founding members of the Barga CAI (Italian Alpine Club) group opened in 1966. The other founding members were: FLAVIO LORENZETTI, ANNA ROSSI, LIO MARRONI, GIANCARLO FEDI, ENRICO COSIMINI.

Source: La guida di Barga

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