Nestled in the rocky steeples of the Brenta Dolomite Mountains, holidays to Madonna di Campiglio are picture-perfect for walkers and nature-lovers alike.
Exploring on foot
There’s a certain magic to Madonna di Campiglio. Take to the scenic mountain trails and you’ll soon see why this chic resort became popular with the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy over 100 years ago. It's packed full of walking networks, with spectacular views over the UNESCO-protected mountains.
You can hike from the bottom of the valley or take the lifts up if you want the views without the long walk. The town is surrounded by Italy’s first nature park, so it's a nature lover's paradise of waterfalls, lakes and rare flora and fauna. There’s so much great wildlife to see as you walk, with bears, ibex and alpine steinbock clambering the rocky steeps and remote side valleys.
Out and about
• Guided mountain walks
• Nordic walking
• Cycle routes
• Indoor pool
• Wildlife spotting
Things to See and Do in Madonna di Campiglio
Boutique shopping can be found in abundance in Madonna, with many stores carrying some of the best Italian clothing brands. You'll also find exclusive jewellery stores, antique shops, wineries and chocolate shops, which are great for purchasing souvenirs. Pinzolo and Val Rendena, which are just down the road from Madonna, are also full of lovely local steals.
In summer, many of the bars offer a sophisticated and relaxed feel. Piano 54 and Café D'Or are great for reclining with a cocktail, while Bar Suisse's huge wine cellar is ideal for an aperitivo. In July, the Sounds of the Dolomites comes to town - so if you're in the mood for some classical music, make sure you go and catch a show. It really will be music to your ears.
Madonna di Campiglio is a high-end resort, so there are quite a few Michelin-starred chefs and award-winning restaurants around – though there are plenty of affordable options too. Expect delicious Italian and Trentino food with amazing service. There are around 20 eateries dotted around the resort and a good few mountain restaurants too, but everything is quite spread out so you may want to plan out where to go next.
An unbeatable wine cellar at Il Gallo Cedrone
Located on the Via Cima Tosa, the Michelin-starred Il Gallo Cedrone is a beautiful mountain-style restaurant with a warm and traditional atmosphere. The service is impeccable and it even houses 20,000 wines in its wine cellar – so you’ll definitely find the perfect one to complement your meal.
An automotive twist at Rifugio Chalet Fiat
Up on the mountain is the unique Rifugio Chalet Fiat – yes, it’s owned by the car company. The Fiat brand is stylishly present in the décor, but it still manages to keep its mountain restaurant feel. It serves dinner on Thursday and Saturday evenings and is open for self-service breakfast and lunch every day.
Tasty tiramisu at Ristorante Le Roi
In the heart of the resort is the Ristorante Le Roi, which is extremely popular with the locals – it’s hard to get a table so book beforehand. It has traditional décor and authentic dishes, and apparently they make the best tiramisu in town.
Madonna town is quite spread out, with lots of main roads, but it’s surrounded by Italy’s first nature park so it’s a beautiful place to explore on foot.
There are no trains running from Madonna. The nearest stations are in Trento (73km away) and Brescia (130km).
Buses are the quickest way to get around here. The main station is on Monte Spinale street and regular buses run to Trento (2 hours) and throughout the valley to Tione, Brescia, Malè, Bolzano and Milan.
Five gondolas and cable cars in Madonna, such as the Pinzolo-Campiglio Express and 5 Laghi, stay open throughout the summer to give easy access to the peaks of the Brenta Dolomites.
Madonna di Campiglio is a true haven for walkers and nature lovers. It’s surrounded by walking trails for all ability levels - from scenic strolls along valleys, rivers and fields, to energetic hikes over rocky peaks. The Sarca Valley trail winds through the villages along the river’s edge, and the town is also surrounded by Italy’s first nature park, which is packed with wildlife and flora. Wherever you go, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking views of the Brenta Dolomites. To get to the summit, you can either hike up or hop on the summer lifts instead.
Dolomiti di Brenta Trek
This route is a must-do during your time in Madonna di Campiglio. It’s split into two paths - the Expert trail for skilled trekkers and the Country trail for those who want a gentler mountain walk – but both benefit from incredible and unique views of the Brenta Dolomites. Don’t forget your camera, because you’ll surely come across sights that you'll want to capture forever.
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