Welcome to Madonna di Campiglio, one of the most fascinating and renowned alpine resorts in the Brenta Dolomites. Nestled in the heart of Trentino-South Tyrol, this enchanting destination boasts breathtaking views, state-of-the-art ski facilities and a unique atmosphere that wins the hearts of winter sports enthusiasts and nature and relaxation lovers alike.

In our travel guide, we will take you on a discovery of Madonna di Campiglio, introducing you to the best that this resort has to offer. From snow-covered slopes and modern ski lifts to the surrounding landscape full of hiking trails, we will guide you through the must-see experiences and most fascinating attractions.

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Whether you are an expert skier looking for thrilling downhill runs, a trekking enthusiast or simply eager to spend a relaxing, wellness vacation, Madonna di Campiglio will amaze you with its combination of adventure, history and Alpine culture. Follow us on this journey to discover a mountain paradise hidden among the beautiful Dolomites and be enchanted by the magic of Madonna di Campiglio.

What to see in Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio, located in the heart of the Brenta Dolomites, is one of the most fascinating and renowned Alpine destinations. Elegant and charming, this resort offers breathtaking views, recreational activities and a unique atmosphere. In this blog post, we present the must-see attractions and activities for your summer vacation in Madonna di Campiglio.

The Five Lakes Tour

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Madonna di Campiglio’s 5 Lakes Tour is a scenic and compelling hike perfect for mountain and nature lovers. This loop walk, located on the slopes of the Presanella group, will take you through some of the most beautiful and striking places in the Dolomites. On the way, you will encounter five mountain lakes: Lake Ritorto, Lake Nambino, Lake Nero, Lake Gelato and Lake Serodoli.

The total duration of the hike is about 6 hours, and it is a challenging and long experience that requires a good level of physical fitness. However, your efforts will be amply rewarded by the opportunity to immerse yourself in unspoiled nature and enjoy the breathtaking views offered by the Alpine lakes and surrounding mountains.

To begin the 5 Lakes Tour, you can start from the center of Madonna di Campiglio, following the signs indicating the various lakes along the way.

Genoa Valley Waterfalls

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The Val di Genova Waterfalls are a must-see natural attraction near Madonna di Campiglio, located in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park. This side alpine valley of Val Rendena is characterized by the presence of the Genoa Sarca River, which separates two important mountain groups of Trentino: the Adamello and Presanella. The many waterfalls along the valley are a fascinating destination for hikers and nature lovers.

One of the most exciting hikes in the area is the Waterfall Trail, which stretches 16 km through the Genoa Valley. During the hike, you can admire waterfalls such as Pedruc Waterfall, Camp Bridge, Casina Muta Waterfall, Folgorida Waterfall and many others, immersing yourself in a spectacular natural environment. The valley is accessible by an entrance fee or by using shuttles.

The experience of discovering the waterfalls of Val di Genova, near Madonna di Campiglio, is sure to be an unforgettable experience!

The Way of the Mouths

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The Via delle Bocchette is one of the most famous and scenic routes in the Brenta Dolomites near Madonna di Campiglio. This via ferrata route traverses the mountain range from north to south, connecting several refuges and valleys with a unique route that takes several days.

This via ferrata route is a combination of routes that can last between 3 and 5 days, and traverse the Brenta Mountains (part of the western Dolomites). Hikes include challenging via ferrata sections and trekking sections that traverse the wild heart of the Brenta Dolomites.

This route is challenging and requires good physical condition and adequate mountain experience. It is essential to wear clothing and equipment suitable for the high mountains.

Lake Nambino

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Lake Nambino is a popular destination for hikers and nature lovers in Madonna di Campiglio. This picturesque alpine lake, located 1718 meters above sea level, offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Brenta Dolomites.

There are two main routes to reach Lake Nambino. One starts from the Patascoss parking lot, just above Madonna di Campiglio, with a flat walk of about 45 minutes. The other starts from Nambino Plain (on trail 217), with a hike of about an hour up to the lake.

Near the lake is the Nambino Lake Refuge, known for its hospitality and romantic location in the midst of nature. This lodge offers a unique opportunity to stay in a mountain setting and enjoy delicious meals prepared with local ingredients.

The Imperial Trails

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The Imperial Trails are a series of hiking trails known for their natural beauty and history, located in the Madonna di Campiglio area. These trails follow in the footsteps of the Habsburgs, the Austrian imperial family who frequented this area for their summer vacations during the 19th century.

These routes pass through a series of spectacular alpine landscapes, including alpine meadows, coniferous forests, mountain rivers, and from the breathtaking views of the Brenta Dolomites, the Presanella group, and Adamello. Some of the most popular trails include:

  1. Sissi Trail: This scenic trail is named after Empress Elizabeth of Austria, better known as Sissi. It starts from the center of Madonna di Campiglio and reaches the viewpoint of Prato Pancrazio.
  2. Imperial Trail to Vallesinella Waterfall: This pretty and relaxing trail starts from the center of Madonna di Campiglio and reaches Vallesinella Waterfalls, passing through fir and larch forests.
  3. Franco Paolo Bonetti Trail: Starts in the village of St. Anthony of Mavignola and goes all the way to the Vallesinella Refuge.

Each of these trails offers hikers a unique opportunity to explore the region’s unspoiled nature and immerse themselves in its rich history.

Vallesinella Falls

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Vallesinella Falls is a must-see destination for those visiting Madonna di Campiglio and its surroundings. Located in the heart of the Adamello Brenta Nature Park, these waterfalls are known to be some of the most fascinating and spectacular in all of Trentino.

The trail to reach them, called the Bear Trail, is a hike that leads to the pastures of Vallesinella Alta, offering shade and panoramic views along the way. Just before reaching the upper falls, there is a beautiful spot ideal for a picnic near the Malga Vallesinella di Sopra.

The Vallesinella Waterfall Trail offers the opportunity to walk right under the waterfalls, which makes the use of appropriate, non-slippery shoes essential. Shortly after the falls, you will find the Malga Vallesinella di Sopra, an ideal place for a short stop.

These crystal-clear waterfalls and the surrounding environment offer a true spectacle of nature. So whether you are a hiking enthusiast, nature lover or simply looking for some peace and quiet, Vallesinella Falls is definitely worth a visit.

Lake Montagnoli

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This artificial lake, easily accessible from the center of Madonna di Campiglio, offers almost Caribbean hues. Ideal for a relaxing break between hikes.

Surprisingly, Lake Montagnoli is the largest reservoir in Italy used to produce artificial snow. This 36,000-square-meter alpine lake can store about 200,000 cubic meters of water, which is used by snow cannons during the winter to quickly cover the vast network of ski slopes in the Madonna di Campiglio area.

If you decide to hike to Lake Montagnoli, bring a bathing suit and towel, as swimming is possible in summer.

Black Lake

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Black Lake is one of the most well-known places of “pure beauty” in Trentino, hidden in the beautiful and wild Nambrone Valley. It is located in the vicinity of Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo, and is one of the most photographed places, particularly for its breathtaking sunsets over the Brenta Dolomites reflected in its waters.

Among visitors’ favorite experiences is the hike to Black Lake and Segantini Refuge. The adventure begins at the Madonna di Campiglio Mountain Guides office, then drives to the parking lot adjacent to the Cornisello Refuge, located in the Nambrone Valley. From the Cornisello Refuge, a path leads directly to Black Lake.

This enchanting alpine lake is a must-see for any lover of mountain scenery. Whether you are an experienced hiker or a visitor looking for a quiet place to admire the natural beauty of Trentino, Black Lake will not disappoint your expectations.

Skiing in Madonna di Campiglio

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Madonna di Campiglio, is one of Italy’s historic ski resorts. Its variety of slopes and mountain environment make this charming resort an ideal destination for winter sports enthusiasts.

Madonna di Campiglio is located at 1,550 meters above sea level, nestled in the spectacular basin between the Brenta Dolomites and the Adamello and Presanella glaciers. The ski area covers 150 km of slopes, which vary in difficulty; from beginners to experts, everyone will find something to suit their needs.

The center of the Madonna di Campiglio – Pinzolo – Folgarida – Marilleva Skiarea is a perfect blend of nature and technology, thanks to its 63 modern and well-maintained ski lifts.

Among the most famous slopes, 3 di Campiglio is known for World Cup races in alpine skiing, while Spinale Direttissima is one of the most popular with expert skiers. For those who enjoy breathtaking views and long slopes with moderate inclines, the Graffer slope is recommended. In addition, the Ursus Snowpark offers a pure adrenaline experience for snowboarding and freestyle enthusiasts.

If you are looking for an unforgettable skiing experience, Madonna di Campiglio will not disappoint.

Where to sleep in Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio, offers a wide range of accommodations for all tastes and budgets. Popular options include hotels, guesthouses, apartment rentals and campgrounds, many of which offer beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

Again, as in many locations in the Alps, it is definitely advisable to book early to get the best possible choice.

Whatever your travel style or budget, Madonna di Campiglio has something to offer to ensure a memorable stay.

 


How to get to Madonna di Campiglio

Reaching Madonna di Campiglio is quite easy, thanks to its excellent network of connections.

If you travel by car, you can easily get there via the A22 Brenner freeway Trento Nord exit, or from the A4 Brescia Est exit and then continue to Passo del Tonale.

Madonna di Campiglio can also be reached by public transportation. The nearest train station is in Trent, from where there are regular buses to the resort.

If you prefer to travel by air, the nearest airports are Verona, Bergamo and Milan Linate, all well connected with transfer services for skiers.

During the winter season, direct transportation services are available from the airports to the ski slopes.

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