Loc. Melette di Gallio
Latitude: 45,909680 | Longitude: 11,582964
Activities and services
– Mountain grazing is the uphill journey of the livestock to the Alpine pasture.
– It is recommended to check the website and social media profiles of the malga for updated activities and services.
Loc. Melette di Gallio
This is one of the largest malgas on the Plateau and it can be reached on foot via the CAI 858 trail which starts from the provincial road of Val Gadena, between Gallio and Foza, and climbs up the steep Val Miela. The pastures of this malga, from which unique views can be admired in every direction, completely cover the southern half the great ridge of the Melette di Gallio and are surrounded by tall spruce woods. To the east, the area is bordered by the Val Miela hollow, a natural boundary with the Municipality of Foza. The pasture area, free of obstacles in the central and western sectors, has more critical areas on the eastern slope.
Near the malgas, a monument commemorates Lieutenant Raffaele Stasi, recipient of the gold medal for military valor, who died here in 1917. In addition to the signs of the Great War visible near the malga, the geological conformations called “Città di roccia” on the other slope of Val Miela can be admired from here and reached on foot in about 1 hour.
From the Gallio town center, proceed to Campomulo loc. Stay right and turn right at the fork after 700 m. Continue for about 2 km up to the fork for Malga Campocavallo. Turn right and continue for 3 km to the Bocchetta Slapeur fork, leaving the malgas Meletta di dietro – Lemerle and Meletta di mezzo – Ristecco on the right. From here, continue for 1.7 km.
Do you want to have the best experience in the malga?
When you arrive at the malga, you’re entering the “home” of the malga operator population and their livestock: It’s a welcoming environment, rich with fascination, everything is to be discovered but also respected. Here are our recommendations for you!
The malga operator lifestyle is characterized by hardwork that starts before dawn and continues even after sundown. For example…Did you know that there two times set apart for milking? One before breakfast and another in the late afternoon.
Also, feel free to ask information but avoid going into work areas inaccessible to the public and be discrete: speaking too loudly may scare the livestock and disturb whomever is enjoying the peace of the mountain.
They are passive and docile animals but their size could put you in uncomfortable situations…or somewhat inappropriate behaviors could frighten them and provoke dangerous and unusual reactions.
It’s enough to maintain an adequate distance, avoid taking pictures from too close up, touching them, bothering them or looking them directly in the eye.
If you are with your dog, remember to keep it on a leash and under control.
When you find yourself near some cows, it’s better to avoid sudden movements, walk slowly and without getting anxious. And, if they were to get too close, distance yourself calmly and without turning your back to them!
They watch over the livestock and often offer a warm welcome to guests. Don’t worry: They are not dangerous. Treat them with respect and you will become good friends. If you are on a bike, slow down to avoid mean falls caused by demonstrations of affection a little too… overwhelming!
Those who follow the itineraries and visit the malgas know well how wonderful nature is, with its breathtaking landscapes. This is the reason why it is important not to pollute it with waste that can be taken home and properly recycled or disposed of.
The herdsmen of the plateau and the animals that live there are very fond of tourists who enjoy the wonderful days with walks, fresh air and relaxation… respecting the woods and pastures!!