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Is it currently (August 2021) allowed to use Italian bivouacs?

No, bivouacs in Italy are still closed due to COVID-19 pandemic. As stated in this document by CAI, access to bivouacs is still limited to emergency situation. This is because they can't guarantee ...
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What map app would work well for via ferrata in the Dolomites?

OsmAnd is a popular choice for outdoor activities, using OpenStreetMap* (primarily). It works fully offline if you download the maps in advance. The only reason I don't use it is that my bike ...
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Overnight hiking in Italian Alps in late autumn?

In the Alps there is a dense network of huts mostly maintained by the local alpine clubs. There are also some private huts mostly owned by mountain guide associations. Most of the huts are closing ...
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Online maps of ski-tour trails of Italy (Aosta Valley, Cogne)?

https://www.outdooractive.com has a lot of skitour trails in the Alps, and at least a few in the area you mentioned. AFAIK, they share their database with www.alpenvereinaktiv.com, which is actively ...
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What map app would work well for via ferrata in the Dolomites?

via ferrata and normal hiking routes. the security of being able to follow my position with GPS You do not have this security on a via ferrata. A via ferrata may be literally located in a vertical ...
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Can I camp on campsites as a 16 year old in Italy?

I think you're going to have problems with camping. The age of responsibility in Italian law is 18 years. I've looked at the terms and conditions of a number of campsites, and they all say that each ...
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Are Italian mountain huts accessible when unstaffed? Do I need a key?

In the region managed by CAI Vigezzo, there are actually many bivaccos (unstaffed shelters) that are open year round. As most of those were not on either the Swiss topographic map, or Openstreetmap, ...
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Are Italian mountain huts accessible when unstaffed? Do I need a key?

I seem to remember being told that Italian huts will have an emergency shelter room as well. In any case, this emergency shelter may not be meant for people who stay there over night during a planned ...
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What map app would work well for via ferrata in the Dolomites?

I don't believe what you want is possible. You will not be able to track your progress up any via ferrata, only the horizontal movement could be seen. For this purpose I use OsmAnd which is definitely ...
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What map app would work well for via ferrata in the Dolomites?

On the iPhone/iPad side of things, I use PocketEarth a cheap one-time fee app which, at baseline, shows just roads (based on Open Street Map). For an extra minor fee you can unlock unlimited topo ...
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Where is the true northern/eastern end of the Grande Traversata della Alpi?

According to the Italian language Grande Traversate delle Alpi, Vol. 2, the GTA continues to the Lago Maggiore, which (unlike any other description I've seen) would be consistent with the photo I took ...
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Are Italian mountain huts accessible when unstaffed? Do I need a key?

All over the Alps the huts and bivouacs can be divided into: available to anyone when unstaffed (some require key and registration, some not) available only in emergency when unstaffed open all year ...
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