||Siegfried Villgrater, who would later
become the host of the Talschlusshütte, the Fondovalle
Refuge, learned to love this area when he worked as a
young shepherd in the Fiscalina Valley.
||May: a small “refreshment point” is
built where the Fondovalle Refuge now stands. In the
autumn of the same year the dormitory and kitchen are
||The technical report on the
“refreshment point” emphasizes the exemplary toilet: it
is built 10 meters from the main structure and made
entirely of wood.
||Anton and Siegfried Villgrater file a
petition to obtain private ownership, and become the
owners of the “refreshment point”. Their first
initiative is to install a drinking water piping system.
By hand, they dig a trench from a spring to the
building, a distance of 300 meters.
||They submit new projects to the local
Environmental Protection Commission: a storeroom is
added to the existing outdoor toilet.
||Rosa, who is not a Villgrater yet,
comes to work in the Fiscalina Valley.
||Siegfried Villgrater and Rosa get
||Birth of Herbert, the first of four
children and current owner of the Fondovalle Refuge.
||The business grows rapidly. Towards the
end of the sixties it is so well established that almost
200 cars can be seen in the parking lot at one time.
||Val Fiscalina is closed to traffic,
campgrounds and tents are forbidden. Unfortunately, what
is beneficial to nature is often detrimental to human
activities: at first the local people, used to reaching
the Fondovalle Refuge by car, stop coming here.
||Siegfried Villgrater purchases 608 m²
of land for the then considerable amount of 3,040,000
Lire. The purchase is followed by a long bureaucratic
ordeal to obtain the permit to enlarge the old Refuge.
Success is only achieved after years of struggle and
piles of paperwork.
||Inauguration of the new Fondovalle
Refuge, but Siegfried Villgrater, the owner, is not
completely satisfied. The many regulations and
strictures imposed by the authorities have not allowed
the project to be accomplished in the most satisfactory
||The Sexten Dolomites Natural Park is
||The licence to run the Fondovalle
Refuge is revoked.
||The former Refuge is transformed into a
family run hotel.
||The hotel is equipped with a telephone
line and sewer; the generating set, which is not
ecological, is replaced with a power line from the town.
||Siegfried Villgrater, long-time manager
of the Fondovalle Refuge, dies.
||Plans to enlarge the Fondovalle Refuge,
which take a year to define, are eventually drawn up,
and the sophisticated project is approved quickly and
without a hitch by the Sexten Building Commission. But
the work, scheduled to begin in the spring of 1998, is
delayed by legal problems and bureaucratic red tape and
will not start for another four years.
||Marriage of Herbert Villgrater and
Maria, waitress at the Fondovalle Refuge since 1986. Two
children are born, Armin and Julia.
||The preparations for the long-wished
for redevelopment are completed; meantime, the spring
water supply system is upgraded to meet modern
||On March 17, the old Fondovalle Refuge
is demolished. The expertise of architect Bernhard Lösch
and the excellent coordination of the Unionbau firm that
supervises the construction enable the work to proceed
speedily and without a hitch: after only three months,
on June 23, the new
Fondovalle Refuge is inaugurated.
The event is duly celebrated on October 12, with the
inauguration ceremony and the celebration of the 50th
anniversary of an inn that meantime has become an
integral part of the Piano Fiscalino.
August with heavy hearts we said goodbye to the
hut-keeper, Herbert Villgrater, who passed away after a
||On the morning of 12th October there was a massive
rock fall on the Einserkofel, which caused 60,000 m3 of
scree to pour down into the Fiscalina Valley, covering
the entire valley in a thick cloud of dust.
Click here to see a
video of the event
particularly snowy winter, with approx. 6 metres of new
snow falling in the Fiscalina Valley.
June 2009 in Seville, the Dolomites were elevated to
world heritage site status by UNESCO.
regional government approved the nature reserve’s
request to change its name from the "Sexten Dolomites
Nature Reserve" to the "Drei Zinnen Nature Reserve”.
Luis Trenker, Reinhold Messner, Hans
Kammerlander, Christoph Hainz, Franz Klammer, Paul Breitner,
Cardinal König, Silvius Magnago, former Head of the Provincial
Government, Giulio Andreotti ...