What to do in Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites?
Madonna di Campiglio is one of those cities that makes our jaw drop! It brings together natural beauty and panoramas that impress even the most demanding tourist. Also called “The Queen of the Dolomites”, the city offers much more than it may seem. Today we will find out what to do in Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
With 1,550 meters above sea level, Madonna Di Campiglio, in the Dolomites, is one of the cities most sought after by tourists when it comes to the Dolomites. This is because the city combines charm, beauty and all the key elements to enchant any tourist. Discover our section on Skiing in Italy in winter!
I suggest that you consider purchasing the Dolomeet Card. The most basic version, Easy, includes:
- 01 entrance to Terme Val Rendena;
- 01 entrance to Palzhiaccio Pinzolo;
- 01 entrance to the Spiazzo pool;
- 01 Pinzolo Carisolo Giustino ride;
- 01 Pinzolo – Ponte Verde train ride;
- 01 visit to the church of San Vigilio;
- 01 handling activity;
- 02 round-trips to the facilities of Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo and access to affiliated establishments; it costs 30 euros.
By clicking on this link, you can see all the versions offered and you can choose the one that best fits your needs.
What to find in Madonna di Campiglio?
There are those who think that Madonna di Campiglio is made up only of cable cars and ski slopes: but no! Despite the proximity of places for skiers, the peace that this city offers us is almost surreal. Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites, is a discreet and elegant city, located in the beautiful valley between the group of the Brenta Dolomites and the Adamello and Presanella glaciers. Check out our Section on Climate in Italy!
Nowadays, the Ski Area has 57 ski lifts and covers 150 km of slopes with a capacity for more than 31,000 people per hour. Its structure offers 50,000 square meters of snow park, but just a few steps away from the city, you will find great options for natural walks going to lakes, valleys, streams and meadows. The 50,000 hectares of the Adamello-Brenta Natural Park, together with the 450 km of mountain trails, offer incredible suggestions for those traveling on foot or by bicycle through the peaceful pine forests. Below, briefly, we will indicate some tours to take through the city and its surroundings.
1) What to do in Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites? VISIT THE FIVE LAKES
You can take the tour of the Five Lakes. This is one of the most pleasant tours for those who want total immersion in nature. You can take the cable car in the center and pass by Lake Ritort. The climb takes a few minutes and takes us to 2069 meters in height and the path that leads to Lake Ritort is completely flat, then you can continue to the lakes Labin, Serodoli and Gelato. Here you can go to Lake Nambino, or, if you prefer, continue on foot to the Pradalago cable car. At Lake Nambino, easily accessible on foot, you can take wonderful pictures! Read also The most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites
- At Lake Nambino, be sure to enjoy a carrot pie! It’s delicious!
2) What to do in Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites? VISIT VAL DI GENOVA
Another interesting tour is to visit the waterfalls of the Val di Genova. It is one of the most beautiful tours in the region. You can start your tour from the Nardis waterfall and then continue along the valley, admiring as many waterfalls and some streams along the way. In high season you can travel with the bus inside the park itself. You can also go to the Tuckett refuge that ends at the Vallesinella waterfalls. To take a shortcut, you can leave the city center by bus and visit the Mezzo and Alte waterfalls.
3) What to do in Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites? VISIT MOUNT SPINALE
For those who like to walk, they will love to know that Princess Sissi stayed twice in Madonna di Campiglio, in 1889 and in 1894, and on that last occasion she joined her husband, Emperor Franz Joseph for long walks. Accompanied by the mountain guide in Vallesinella, on the Grostè, towards Mount Spinale, the walk fills us with tranquility and peace: the path is beautiful! There are currently two itineraries that offer the best trails and can be done from the Spinale cable car.
4) What to do in Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites? VISIT DOSS DEL SABION
If you have breath, from Pinzolo, the Doss del Sabion can be reached by cable car followed by a beautiful walk! Here you will find one of the most difficult paths, but one that offers the best views imaginable! Climb up to the rocky heart of the Brenta Dolomites to reach the XII Apostoli refuge, 2,500 meters high. The walk lasts almost four hours, but it is worth every sore muscle!
5) What to do in Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites? OTHER ACTIVITIES
In the center of the city in Madonna Di Campiglio, be sure to visit its charming little shops, there is also a very interesting shopping mall, which offers handicraft products, wooden objects as well as clothes and snow equipment.
Also in the center, there is the beautiful Hofer Hall, inside the Hotel Des Alpes, named after the artist Gottfried Hofer, a Bolzano painter who decorated the internal walls of the large reception room between 1896 and 1897. The decorations made by Hofer include a fantastic canvas depicting the Madonna that appeared to some pastors on Mount Spinale; in addition to the portraits of Francesco Giuseppe and Sissi, there are also numerous floral, naturalistic and mythological symbols.
Ice Skating and other Activities
In the center of Madonna di Campiglio, during high season, you can ice skate in the city center. If you prefer, you can go to Pinzolo, where there is the ice stadium, with an Olympic 30 × 60-skating rink. There you can also skate and practice hockey, broomball and curling. The structure remains open seasonally; for more information, you can click here! Also read Where to ski in Italy?
How to get to Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites?
1) How to get to Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites? BY TRAIN
Trento Station is the nearest train station, from there, only by bus. Trenitalia is the main Italian company dedicated to the management of rail transport. Also find out “What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Would you like to save? So buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?“.
2) How to get to Madonna di Campiglio, in the Dolomites? BY BUS
From Milan and Brescia, with the company SIA, and from Trento with the company Trentino Trasporti.
3) How to get to Madonna di Campiglio in the Dolomites? BY CAR
- From Trento, on the A22 highway, from Brennero SS45 to Sarche, then on the SS237 Del Caffero, to Tione; finally, take the SS239 until Madonna di Campiglio (km 73).
- From Milan, on the A1 highway until the Brescia Est exit, continue on the SS45 heading towards Lake Idro following the signs to Madonna di Campiglio (226 km).
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