10 things to do in Madonna di Campiglio
Framed by the breathtaking scenery of the Brenta Dolomites, a UNESCO natural heritage site, Madonna di Campiglio is one of the most famous ski resorts in Trentino and beyond!
The resort is located at 1,550 m above sea level, within the Adamello-Brenta Natural Park, and is part of the municipalities of Pinzolo and Tre Ville. Madonna di Campiglio has a long history, which sees its origins in the tenth century, when it became the seat of a monastery for the assistance and care of travelers, but it is from the nineteenth century, years in which it was chosen as a winter destination by the major European aristocrats, which is the scene of a continuous and strong expansion of tourism, lasted until today. Today Madonna di Campiglio is known throughout the world as one of the most exclusive ski resorts, so much so that it is also known by the apt eponym of ‘Queen of the Snows’.
Whether you are passionate about skiing/snowboarding or not, in this resort you will surely find many activities to do both in winter and in summer! Let’s see together what are the best 10 things to do in Madonna di Campiglio in winter!
Discover 10 things to do in Madonna di Campiglio:
Skiing, of course!
Madonna di Campiglio, which together with Folgarida, Marilleva and Pinzolo is part of the Campiglio-Dolomiti Ski Area, could only be defined as a paradise for skiers and for all mountain lovers in general. This extraordinary location hosts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, attracted by the beauty of its 155km of slopes surrounded by the magnificent backdrop of the Brenta Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For medium-experienced skiers, we absolutely recommend the famous 3-Tre slope, with its legendary Canalone Miramonti, a fixed stage of the World Cup for the special slalom discipline, while for those who prefer to ski on slopes that are not so steep and panoramic, we strongly recommend not to miss the Graffer slope. The most expert skiers cannot miss the thrill of skiing the Spinale Direttissima, a slope that from an altitude of 2.100m plunges down towards the 1.550m of the village, reaching a 70% gradient: a slope to literally take your breath away
Madonna di Campiglio, and in general every resort of the ski area, boasts a really wide tourist offer, able to satisfy all targets, even the most demanding: children. Here the tourist offer, in fact, includes many family-friendly activities at high altitude, such as several family parks, where children can learn to ski and play with the snow in complete safety, kids’ clubs, winter educational farms, infrastructures and restaurants with services dedicated to children. In short: Madonna di Campiglio will make shine not only your eyes, but also and above all those of your children!
Even for non-skiers Madonna di Campiglio offers the possibility to enjoy the fantastic natural landscapes in which it is immersed, thanks to a variety of activities to be performed outdoors. We absolutely recommend a nice snowshoeing, during which you will have the opportunity to take a nice walk almost floating on the snow, all surrounded by the unique and surreal background of the Brenta Dolomites.
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Dinner in a mountain hut
The fantastic ski slopes and the Dolomite landscapes of Madonna di Campiglio are already enough elements to visit this place, but we assure you that combining everything with a tasting of local cuisine at high altitude at the end of the day will make your stay in Madonna even more unforgettable! With Snowit you can book this unrepeatable experience at Rifugio Nambino, a historic family-run inn located on the banks of the homonymous and scenic Lake Nambino. Here you can immerse yourself in the traditional flavors of Trentino cuisine, admiring the shores of the lake with a glass of good wine in your hand. We guarantee you that it is an experience not to be missed!
As already underlined before, in Madonna di Campiglio the queen activity in absolute cannot be but the ski/snowboard. This is because the characteristics of the landscape in which the slopes are immersed are so unique and inimitable (so much so that they have been recognized as a UNESCO natural heritage site) as to make this place a must for all lovers of this sport. Here another activity that you better do not miss is the Ski Safari: a day of skiing to discover the Dolomites and the Adamello – Brenta Natural Park, where you will cross the three mountain ranges that make up the ski area guided by certified mountain guides. The experience is also customizable depending on the level of skiing of the participants. You will follow unique skiing itineraries, which we are sure will remain pleasantly impressed in your mind forever.
Having, in the course of this list, elected skiing as the top activity in Madonna di Campiglio, we couldn’t but end with another activity related to the world of skiing, this time away from the slopes. We are talking about a beautiful day of Freeride, during which you will have the opportunity to discover the charm of the most hidden side of the Dolomites, skiing on the fresh snow of the fantastic slopes of Val di Sole and Val Rendena. A real must-do for powder lovers!
Check out the details and book here with Snowit!
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Participate in the Habsburg Carnival
Every year, in the week of Carnival, Madonna di Campiglio gets wrapped in an atmosphere of other times, magical and princely, gets dressed up in drapes and velvets and its streets are filled with ladies and courtiers: it is the famous Hapsburg Carnival! This glittering historical reenactment takes the place at the end of the nineteenth century, when the Habsburg court of Franz Joseph and his wife Elizabeth of Bavaria (better known as Princess Sissi) used to periodically visit Madonna di Campiglio, attracted by the beauty of these mountains. The event begins on Monday with the traditional parade that commemorates the arrival of the Court, continues throughout the week with dances, plays and music in the streets, and then ends with the prestigious Emperor’s Grand Ball, which is held at the majestic Hofer Hall of the Hotel Des Alpes. You can’t help but be enraptured by this regal atmosphere, which will immerse you in the ancient splendor of Madonna di Campiglio!
After having extensively described the beauty and uniqueness of the Brenta Dolomites, we now let you imagine living and exploring the most intense and genuine side of these mountains. How? Surely one of the best ways to do it is with a ski mountaineering experience. By booking directly on the website or on the Snowit app, you will have the opportunity to learn the main techniques of ski mountaineering from a certified mountain guide, who will assist you to discover the most beautiful corners and views of the most exciting mountains in the world!
Check out the details and book your Ski-Alp experience with Snowit!
Relaxing at the Spa
The mountains surrounding Madonna di Campiglio are beautiful, of course, but it is well known: the days at the mountains are exhausting! So what could be better at the end of the day, tired but satisfied, than relaxing in one of the many spas in Madonna di Campiglio! The hotels with wellness center in this resort are really numerous, so you’ll be spoiled for choice. We recommend the Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti, it is definitely not a cheap option, but we are sure that the experience of swimming in their pools, both indoor and outdoor, trying the variety of their wellness treatments and maybe even staying in one of their luxurious rooms overlooking the Dolomites, is one of those experiences to carry in your heart for life!
MdC, besides its unique and memorable landscapes, is famous for its movida. By virtue of this, we couldn’t help but conclude this list of the 10 best activities not to be missed in Madonna di Campiglio by dedicating the last point to the favorite activity of skiers who are also party lovers: après-ski! The Ober1 is definitely an excellent option: the restaurant offers the possibility to enjoy hot dishes both in the indoor restaurant and in the outdoor terrace. And for the more refined, on Thursdays at 6pm it is also possible to book a sushi dinner! Another good solution for an après-ski is the Jumper Ski Bar: located near the cableway of Grostè, it is a real point of reference for a vacation full of fun in Madonna!
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