Madonna di Campiglio
Madonna di Campiglio was born in the end of the 12th century, when an hospice with a little church was built in the Campo Carlo Magno Pass (one of the most important transit way through the Alps towards the German regions, also used according to the legend by Carlo Magno and Federico Barbarossa). From 1500 the hospice lost importance gradually, till it was bought by Giovan Battista Righi of Strembo in 1868: from that time the tourist history of Madonna di Campiglio started. Righi changed the hospice in an alpine establishment, which welcomed many guests and famous mountaineers: here the members of the Alpine Society of Trentino met for the first time, and just here SAT was founded in 1872. After some years, Righi built the connection road with Pinzolo (the present old street) at his own expense, considered one of the best ways of the Alps at that time. When he died, the activity was carried on by Franz Josef Osterreicher, who renovated and modernized the establishment, creating the Grand Hotel Des Alpes of Campiglio. This hotel welcomed the Sissi Princess in 1889 and 1894 and Franz Josef Emperor in 1894 during their holidays. Madonna di Campiglio was born as the summer tourist resort for the Central European nobility, then in 1910 a group of English skiers discovered its winter beauty, making it one of the most important ski resorts of the Alps. From that time the Pearl of the Dolomites entered in the ski history, thanks also to the great international sport events that it hosted, as the legendary 3Tre ski competition, which has taking place here for 55 years and that is coming back on 18th December 2012.
Madonna di Campiglio summer sports
If you are an enthusiastic golfer or this sport simply fascinates you, the 80 thousand square meters of Campo Carlo Magno golf club await you. Built by the Englishman Henry Cotton in the last century, it offers you a rare privilege: playing in the breathtaking panorama of the Brenta Dolomites.
If, on the other hand, you want to ride a horse, there will be about twenty horses at your disposal for trekking and horsemanship. Thanks to them, afternoons can become a great opportunity to appreciate the landscape from a different point of view. A slight kick with your heel and you can start off on a fantastic adventure.
Are you looking for something else? Then, play archery or fly your paraglider, go rafting in the mountain streams or play mini-soccer in teams of five, which is suitable for all ages.
Otherwise, ride a mountain bike and go around. There are still so many paths, cycle-tracks and valleys that you have to discover!
Madonna di Campiglio winter sports
It is not pure chance that an extraordinary “number one” like Michael Schumacher prefers the snowfields of Madonna di Campiglio. The snowfields of this winter resort, which is in Val Rendena, Western Trentino, at the foot of the Brenta Dolomites, offer really a “pole position” kind of snow. The history of skiing, with its champions, has been at home here for over 50 years.
Moreover, more than a century of mountain tourism, with its excellent hospitality and quality services, particularly as far as snow offer is concerned, has, together with an unequalled environment and natural scenery, contributed to make Madonna di Campiglio one of the best winter resorts in the Alps. Certainly a number 1 for slopes, whatever level of difficulty you are looking for: from ski schools to the most difficult “black” slopes, where World Cup champions compete.
Number 1 for skilift facilities, thanks to as many as four gondolas and several auto-coupling chair-lifts and an extensive network of lift facilities. Number 1 also as far as ski and new winter disciplines are concerned: from snowboarding to carving, with its 5 Schools and 150 ski instructors, in the tradition and history of its alpine guides. Madonna di Campiglio is in “pole position” also for snowboarding. This sport has found right here, since its very beginning, a resort ready to believe in its success among the youngest people and in its capacity to attract the numerous snowboard enthusiasts with events of the highest standard, from World Cup competitions to Snowboard World Championships.
Val Rendena, which stretches from Madonna di Campiglio to Villa, is known as the “Green Valley” because of the intense green of the nature in which it is immersed. Old-growth forests and woodlands descend the slopes and brush up to the quaint alpine towns and villages with their hidden treasures of art and history: medieval churches with frescos, dating back to the second half of the 15th and first half of the 16th centuries, by the Baschenis, travelling painters from Averara, in the province of Bergamo; roadside shrines; museums featuring the customs and traditional crafts of the Val Rendena area; historic town centers that preserve their ancient architecture; squares and fountains that one happens upon when walking through the narrow streets of the towns; and landscapes of rare beauty in which nature and man’s handiwork come together as one.
Val Rendena is about 20 km long, starting from the little village of Verdesina to the 1650 mt of Campo Carlo Magno. The first thing you notice when you travel through Val Rendena is the exceptional diversity of the natural landscape of Adamello Brenta Nature Park: eastward the Brenta Dolomites with their majestic heights, westward the peaks of the granitic groups of Adamello and Presanella. Val Rendena has many beautiful and wild little branched valleys: Val San Valentino, Val di Borzago, Val Genova and Val Nambrone, Val Brenta e Val d’Agola. Here the fauna is rich in many rare animals, as the last specimen of alpine bear.
Courtesy of the APT Madonna di Campiglio