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In 1884, a group of friends from Milan share a passion for mountain walks, so they gather and for the Società Escursionisti Milanesi (hikers club of Milan), also called “Gamba bona” (good leg in dialect). They aim at making mountain hikes more popular. In 1919 they had already built two lodges, and thanks to Rodolfo Zamboni’s inheritance they built the third lodge in 1924: the Zamboni on Pedriola alp, at Monte Rosa’s base. They later realized they needed to expand the lodge, since the number of visitors was increasing. So, in 1953, a new building was created, next to the old one, and it was dedicated to their partner Mario Zappa, hence the name: Zamboni-Zappa lodge.
The climb to the lodge starts from Pecetto, along the dirt road until Burki alp, where the trail reaches and crosses the Belvedere glacier, an Alpine glacier that is moving since 2001. The upper glaciers of Monte Rosa feed the Belvedere, giving birth to the glacial flood that pushes the mass of ice down to valley.
Coming back the chair lift of Belvedere can be taken to go down to Pecetto.