|In beautiful Porretta|
I had booked all at the true last minute because I wasn't sure I could afford it, phisically and economically. On Friday 28 I got my pay and I felt immediately better! My backpack was ready. Refuges, hotels and BnB were almost all sold out because the 'ponte dei morti' is a popular holyday and the weather was wonderful, unbelivable for November. I decided to try "La Locanda Zita" in the village of Vesale, where I had spent one night following the Giro d'Italia 2013. There was a room available and I didn't think twice.
|Sunset on Monte Cimone from Vesale|
From there we started climbing the green slopes of Frignano, dotted of farms and villages.
|Locanda Zita: spa and terrace|
The 'Locanda Zita' is famous for its cuisine and at 4 pm it was still crowded with people eating and drinking. We took a rest in our beautiful room before a generous and tasty dinner.
The story of the hostel is rooted in the XIX century, when Marietta was the owner and a well known cook. Vesale is a small isolated village and it wasn't easy to reach it at that time, still Marietta and her daughter Zita made it a popular destination. The actual owner, Toni, is Marietta's great-grandson, he runs the hotel with his wife Paola and their two sons according with tradition and modern confort. Indead, food is delicious and there is a new little spa including a sauna and a whirlpool bath. Believe me, you can't want more. And no, they didn't pay me!
|Lago della Ninfa|
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