Rifugio Franchetti

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Rifugio Carlo Franchetti
CAI refuge category C
Das Rifugio Franchetti bei Sonnenaufgang

The Rifugio Franchetti at sunrise

Location Vallone delle Cornacchie; Province of Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy; Valley town: Pietracamela
Mountain Group Gran Sasso d’Italia, Abruzzo Apennines
Geographical Location: 42° 28′ 37.4″ N, 13° 33′ 54.3″ ECoordinates 42° 28′ 37.4″ N, 13° 33′ 54.3″O
Altitude 2433 m s.l.m.
Rifugio Franchetti (Abruzzen)
Rifugio Franchetti

Builders CAI Rome Section
Owner CAI Rome Section
Built 1960
Building type Refuge
Usual opening hours Beginning of June until end of September
Accommodation 22 beds, 0 camps
Web link

The Rifugio Franchetti (full name Rifugio Carlo Franchetti; GermanFranchetti Rifugio) is a refuge of the Rome Section of the Club Alpino Italiano (CAI) in the Gran Sasso Massif in the Abruzzo Apennines. Usually open from the beginning of June to the end of September, the refuge has 22 sleeping places.


Situated in the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park at 2433 m.s.l.m., the refuge is the highest refuge in the Gran Sasso massif and the entire Apennines. It is built on a ridge of the glacial cirque called Vallone delle Cornacchie, which divides the cirque into two parts. The rifugio is about 40 minutes walk below the remains of the Calderone glacier, the only glacier in the Apennines. It is the starting point for ascents of Corno Grande and Corno Piccolo. From the Rifugio, the view extends over the foothills of the Abruzzo Apennines to the Adriatic Sea.


Built from 1958 by the CAI Rome Section, the Rifugio was officially opened in 1960. It is named after the alpinist and speleologist Carlo Franchetti and is not to be confused with the Rifugio near Cortina d’Ampezzo, also named after him until the early 1970s, since then known as Rifugio Son Forca. The Rifugio Franchetti was last partially renovated in 2017.[1][2]


  • From Prati di Tivo, 1450 m on initially unnumbered path to the mountain station La Madonnina, then on path 103 in 2 hours
  • From the top station La Madonnina, 2015 m on path 103 in 1 hour
  • From Campo Imperatore, 2120 m on trail 101, 103 in 2 ½ – 3 hours

Transitions and neighbouring huts

  • To the Rifugio Garibaldi, 2230 m on trail 103, 101 in 1 ½ hours.
  • To the Rifugio Duca degli Abruzzi, 2388 m on trail 103, 161 in 2 hours.
  • To the Bivacco Bafile, 2669 m on path 103 and via ferrata Bafile in 2 ½ hours.


  • Guida ai Rifugi del CAI. 375 Rifugi del Club Alpino Italiano per scoprire la montagna. RCS Mediagroup, Milan 2013.
  • Stefano Ardito: I rifugi dell’Appennino centrale. 147 rifugi e bivacchi. Itineraries. Information. Consigli utili. Iter Edizioni, Subiaco 2010, ISBN 978-88-8177-159-2.

Web links

Commons: Rifugio Franchetti– Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. Un po di storia.In: Retrieved 19 May 2020 (Italian).
  2. Carlo Avoscan, Fabrizio Francescon (eds.): Rifugi della provincia di Belluno. Cenni storici, accessi, traversate, ascensioni alla ricerca delle creature più belle delle Dolomiti. Provincia di Belluno, Dosson di Casier 2006 p. 205