THE world’s loneliest house stuck on the side of a remote mountain range had lain empty for 100 years – but its mystery remains.
Situated nearly 9,000ft above sea level in the midst of in Italy’s sprawling Dolomite Mountains, is this extraordinary home embedded in the side of the rockface.
Buffa di Perrero’s bizarre location has puzzled people for decades – while others speculated how on earth removal men could ever make it up there.
But remarkably, the impressive property is believed to have been constructed over 100 years ago during World War I.
Savvy Italian soldiers are said to have built the shelter for a place to rest while battling the Austro-Hungarians across the rugged terrain.
They would have used the concealed pad to store supplies and take shelter from the enemy as well as the elements.
The unbelievable architecture would have only been accessible by rope ladders and makeshift cable carts – or the treacherous mountain trail that only those brave enough would dare ascend.
Explorers are warned the path, part of the Via Ferrata Ivano Dibona, requires a “high level of fitness” to climb.
The Via Ferrata – Italian for ‘iron path’ – is kitted out with steel ladders, rungs and cables built into the mountain for ramblers to use to navigate difficult sections.
Those who make it may to the secluded spot can take a peek inside the mysterious pad.
But apart from admiring the structure and panoramic views from a stomach-churning height, there is little to see.
The narrow wood cladded room is strangely packed with several white wooden chairs, suggesting the soldiers or modern adventurers simply take the opportunity to put their feet up.
Which makes sense, as some of the trails on the Dolomites can take around a week to walk.
The Auronzo section of Club Alpino Italiano (CAI) – a group that oversee hiking trails in the area – seem to have been inspired by the unusual pad, as they built a contemporary shelter to rival this historical one.
They commissioned a modern new hiking haven for tired travellers which sits by the Forcella Marmarole pass and can fit up to 12 people in.
Its shell was spectacularly put into place by a helicopter while its positioning provides the illusion it is actually falling down the vast mountain range.
Explorers can take a ski lift so far before embarking on a gruelling five-hour trek to the stunning shelter.
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