Madonna di Campiglio is a village and a ski resort in northeast Italy. It is a frazione of the comune of Pinzolo. The village lies in the Val Rendena at an elevation of above sea level, and has approximately 1,000 inhabitants. The ski area around Madonna has 57 lifts and of ski runs, with a capacity of more than 31,000 people per hour, rises to , has of snow park, for Nordic skiing and links to the pistes in Pinzolo, Folgarida, and Marilleva. Madonna is the main point of access to the Brenta Dolomites, with its famous via ferrata, with the ski lift to the Passo Groste taking one directly to the northern end of the via ferrata network.
Since snow is on the ground here as late as May, summer vacationers typically find ideal temperatures in late June through early September. The Brenta Dolomites are every outdoor enthusiast’s dream with endless hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, Alpine lakes and streams, and so much more. Below is some of the best hikes to enjoy:
“Five Lakes Hike” or Giro dei cinque laghi is exactly as it promises, a grand tour of five exquisite lakes. Ritort, Labin, Serodoli, Gelato, and Nambino lakes are accessible via the cableway in Madonna di Campiglio. In just a few minutes, you’ll reach almost 2,000 meters and can take the trail to Ritort and on to the other lakes.
If you’re not an experienced hiker or are traveling with children, don’t miss the Vallesinella Falls hike which will take you past alpine pastures and traditional malga huts. These falls are some of the most beautiful and photographed in all of Trentino.
Whether you visit in winter or summer, there is always something to do and see in Val Rendena. From food and wine tasting tours, hiking, shopping, thermal spa treatments, horseback riding, and so much more. A short list of some things to do on a rainy or rest day.
The exquisitely painted Salon Hofer is located inside the Grand Hotel des Alpes in Madonna di Campiglio. The area has a rich history tied to the Habsburgs and this grand ballroom was precisely where Empress “Sissi” and her Emperor Franz Joseph waltzed the night away during lavish Carnival festivities. Over a hundred years later, the festivities surrounding carnival week are still referred to as the “Habsburg Carnival”.
Churches scattered throughout the area date to the 15th and 16th centuries and were decorated by the famous Baschenis family of artists from Bergamo. One of the most famous is the San Vigilio Church in Pinzolo where the fresco entitled Danza Macabra can be found.
Museums include an ancient glass factory (Carisolo), a World War I museum (Spiazzo Rendena), a center for glacier study (Laghi del Mandrone) and many more.
For Foodie's there are plenty of great feeds and places to enjoy the Val Rendena’s delicious cuisine. Dishes have been made exactly the same way for hundreds of years, only with the finest, locally-sourced ingredients. Polenta is commonly served as are rich sauces flavored with mushrooms, wild game, sausages, and mountain herbs. Apples, walnuts, and pumpkin are also widely used in both savory and sweet dishes. Cheese varieties are made from the famous Rendena cows that graze exclusively in this lush Alpine valley. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Grappa made with Gentian root, native to this valley.