A walker’s haven
With an extensive network of mountain and valley trails on offer, it's no surprise that Madonna di Campiglio is a popular destination for Italian lake walking holidays. The Sarca Valley trail is a particularly pleasant stroll that snakes along the river's edge and boasts stunning views of the Brenta Dolomites. The Dolomiti di Brenta trek is also a must for anyone staying in the valley, with the option of an expert trail for experienced hikers or the less strenuous country route for those who prefer a more casual ramble.
The famous Dolomite walking paths can easily be accessed from Madonna di Campiglio. Choose to either hike from the resort up into the mountains or save your energy and take the cable car. At the top, simply take your pick from various high altitude routes with panoramic views of the valley.
Fun family activities
Aside from walking, Madonna di Campiglio offers a wide range of family friendly activities for all ages to enjoy. For those who like to explore on two wheels, there's plenty of cycling and mountain biking tracks to choose from, including the gentle Val Rendena path or the longer Dolomiti di Brenta Bike tour.
The Brenta Dolomites are also home to a number of famous climbing routes, offering thrill-seekers the chance to access some of the mountain's most dramatic peaks. For a truly unforgettable experience, you can even opt for a multi-day climbing tour and stay overnight in a mountain lodge.
Other summer sports include golf, mushroom picking, tandem paragliding, rafting and fishing in the mountain lakes and rivers. For something more laid-back, there's a variety of museums and spas in the area, or you can take the hour long road trip to Trento to see its historic chapels and Buonconsiglio Castle.
Where to eat and drink
During the summer, Madonna di Campiglio has a laid-back nightlife scene. However, while the village may not have the party atmosphere of the larger mountain resorts, there's still plenty of bars and pubs where you can go for a drink, including the popular Piano 54 and Bar Suisse. Alternatively, enjoy a quiet nightcap at one of the hotel bars or go for a leisurely evening stroll.
When it comes to eating out, the village has a good mix of high-end eateries and more affordable options. There are also a few mountain restaurants with spectacular views, including the self service Chalet Fiat restaurant on Monte Spinale, which is owned by the world-famous Italian vehicle manufacturer.
The village has plenty of hotels to choose from, both in its centre and near to the cable car and mountains. Whether you're looking for an affordable B&B or an All Inclusive hotel, there's something to suit all budgets and preferences. Many of the resort's upmarket hotels feature fine-dining restaurants, swimming pools and spas – ideal for holidaymakers who want a taste of luxury.
One of the village's most famous historic buildings is the Grand Hotel Des Alpes, which is where the Empress Sissi and Emperor Franz Josef stayed during their holidays in the 19th century. Even if you're not staying here, make sure you take the time to visit the Salone Hofer – a grand banquet hall decorated with magnificent paintings and a portrait of the royal couple.