The world’s loneliest house, stuck on the side of a remote mountain range, had lain empty for 100 years — but its mystery remains.
Nearly 9,000 feet above sea level in the midst of Italy’s sprawling Dolomite Mountains, this extraordinary home is 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.
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 as 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 have warned that 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 fitted with steel ladders, rungs and cables built into the mountain for ramblers to use to navigate difficult sections.
Those who make it 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-clad room is strangely packed with several white wooden chairs, suggesting the soldiers or modern adventurers simply took the opportunity to put their feet up.
This makes sense, as some of the trails on the Dolomites can take around a week to walk.
The Auronzo section of Club Alpino Italiano — a group that oversees hiking trails in the area — seems 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 travelers that sits by the Forcella Marmarole pass and can fit up to 12 people.
Its shell was spectacularly put in place by a helicopter while its positioning provides the illusion that it is actually falling down the vast mountain range.
Explorers can take a ski lift partway before embarking on a grueling, five-hour trek to the stunning shelter.
This article originally appeared on the Sun and was reproduced here with permission.