Adamello Brenta National Park

Brenta Group from Paganella - Photo © vikingski
Brenta Group from Paganella – Photo © vikingski

With popular skiing resorts, picturesque towns and delicious food, the area of the Adamello Brenta National Park offers unforgettable vacations

Forests, meadows, shrubs, rocks and glaciers alternate in the multifaceted landscape of the most extensive protected area in Trentino. Located in the heart of the Alps, the Adamello-Brenta Nature Park is crowned by two morphologically distinct mountainous groups: the Brenta Dolomites and the Adamello-Presanella granitic massif.

In the middle, it is divided by the Val Rendena and the Sarca river.

Filled with lakes and streams, the park has some of the most varied fauna in the Alps. This is a perfect habitat for all mountain species, from the brown bear to the ibex to the marmot. The land’s diverse geological characteristics also make the park’s flora rich and highly varied. Areas such as Pinzolo and Madonna di Campiglio owe their fame and prestige to their displays of unsurpassed natural beauty, such as the Vallesinella waterfalls and the Lobbie glaciers.

Chruch of San Vigilio by Simone Baschensis; out of copyright
The dance of Death – Chruch of San Vigilio by Simone Baschensis; out of copyright

Located in the upper Val Rendena, at 785 meters, one finds Pinzolo, which has been a renowned vacation destination since the 1960s.

Mountain climbing, downhill and cross-country skiing, excursions and mountain-biking trips are among the most popular attractions to choose from in this area, making for an exciting vacation.

Along with the joy offered by the captivating sights at Pinzolo is the charm of the ancient San Vigilio church.

Decorated in 1539 by Simone Baschenis, it became famous for its fresco “Trionfo della morte” as well as the “Danza macabra”, “Sette peccati capitali” and “Resurrezione di Cristo”.

To enjoy a truly relaxing stop and taste the flavors of delicious, genuine Trentino-style cooking, try the Hotel Cristina (via Bolognini 39; +39 0465-501620; www.hotelcristina.info), located only 100 meters from the slopes and a short walk from the town center.

Brenta Dolomites
Madonna di Campiglio – Brenta Dolomites – Photo: © Trentino S.p.A. Photo Library/Pio Geminiani

A luxurious, elegant destination for upper class tourists is nearby Madonna di Campiglio, which is rightfully considered the pearl of the Dolomites.

Already established as a vacation destination for the transalpine aristocracy in the 1800s – a place where Princess Sissi strolled alongside Emperor Francesco Giuseppe – Madonna di Campiglio has changed its appearance, transforming its belle èpoque palaces into modern buildings which don’t always blend into the splendid landscape that surrounds them.

Covered with sweet-smelling forests of green fir trees, Campiglio is one of the most popular skiing locations in Italy and the entire Alpine region.

Its skiing area includes 57 ski-lift facilities and its slopes are connected to the nearby skiing resorts of Folgarida and Marileva.

Here, all levels of competitions take place throughout the winter season, culminating in the legendary 3-Tre, an international event which includes downhill racing, the slalom and the giant slalom. In addition to sports, one can also fall in love with Madonna di Campiglio because of the refined atmosphere offered by its luxurious hotels and characteristic restaurants. Dinner by candlelight, the fragrant aroma of homemade bread and desserts and a welcoming, well-kept environment await you at the Stube Hermitage (via Castelletto Inferiore 63; +39 0465-441558; www.biohotelhermitage.it). At the Locanda Mezzosoldo (+39 0465 801067; www.mezzosoldo.it), which finds its home inside a former staging post, you will taste delectable dishes of truly genuine locale cuisine.

Established in the mid 1960s among the forest’s firs and larches, Folgarida is also a paradise for those who love skiing and snowboarding (with special slopes for the latter). Connected to Madonna di Campiglio, its skiing area offers slopes for everyone, with a vast selection ranging from the simplest ones dedicated to beginners to the most challenging ones for expert skiers.

Author: Giovanna Canzi

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