Madonna Di Campiglio
Madonna di Campiglio is one of those villages you will enjoy visiting being very pretty, chic, fashionable, quite lively after skiing, with stunning scenery. Madonna di Campiglio is quite an “up market” resort but strangely with reasonable prices and is actually quite laid back. Italy’s classy resort is situated in Trentino province, North East Italy, the closest city being Trento, 70 km away. Madonna is best accessed from Bergamo (177 km), Verona (150 km) and Innsbruck (224 km)and we can arrange transfers from any airport to suit. Madonna is also connected to three other resorts, Folgàrida, Marilleva and Pinzolo. The area ski pass covers all these resorts, all connected by 57 lifts. Of the 150km of pistes to discover, around 80% are geared for beginners and intermediates, with blue and red slopes being dominant. They are so well-groomed that even the red ones won’t present a problem to beginners. The highest part of the area is Passo Groste at an altitude of 2444 m, reachable by the Groste Express gondola. Lifts are mainly new and fast and there are different slopes for all kinds of styles and abilities, with the resort being very diverse.
The surrounding area is so stunning that it will make you stop and admire it occasionally. The gondola connecting Madonna and Pinzolo is a story in itself, and you shouldn’t miss the ride even if you are not planning to visit Pinzolo (the view is spectacular). Madonna is an obligatory stop on the FIS World Cup Tour every year and as a result of that you will be able to ski the pistes you saw on TV.
On powder days you will have a large number of options to choose from. You shouldn’t miss the Passo Groste area (lots of space around the groomed piste, so you won’t have to hike for long to get to a great run), a part of the slope under Monte Spinale gondola and several options in Pinzolo. You should get to the top of Doss del Sabion by Malga Grual or Pra’ Rodont and you will find several runs. This will be enough to get you started and you can work out the rest on your own according to your preference. Even without walking, you will be able to find suitable terrain.
Snowboarders will love Madonnaas as it has 4 terrain parks. The largest terrain park is in the Pasoo Groste area and it is called Ursus Snow Park. It is big and has several different lines of different difficulty with kickers, rails and boxes. There are also decent parks in Marilleva, a small snow park in the Pradalago area (only a few elements, more for children) and one in Pinzolo (also small but with more components than the one in Pradalago).
Madonna has a decent choice of accommodation from studio apartments to luxurious hotels. Prices as mentioned are competitive for such a quality resort, but if prices seem too high for your budget, Pinzolo or Marilleva are cheaper. Thanks to the tunnel bypass, Madonna di Campiglio’s village is virtually car‑free and has considerable traditional charm, with elegant buildings dating back to the 19th century. There are none of the hyper-chalets that draw wealthy visitors to the likes of Val d’Isère and Courchevel in France. Instead there is a range of hotels where prices even at the top end are not expensive. This is uniquely an affordable world class resort.
Of the many accommodation options, there is the Hotel Alpen Vidi, Hotel Italo, Oberosler Design Hotel (A mere 10m away from the Spinale gondola), Garni Arnica which is close to the Pradalago lift in the centre of Madonna and the shops and restaurants, with a small wellness area with sauna, hot tub and Turkish bath, Hotel Chalet del Sogno, in a quiet position at the edge of the woods. This five-star Hotel Chalet del Sogno was built only using natural materials, so rooms are naturally wood scented and they feature wood‑burning stoves. The wellness centre has a swimming pool with water bikes and underwater massage jets, plus a vapour-hay biosauna, a Turkish bath and a Finnish sauna. Then there is the Hermitage Biohotel which is decorated with lots of wood and stone and has a spa with a pool. It also has a Michelin-starred kitchen. Then we have DV Chalet, which is a four-star boutique hotel and spa, with 20 rooms which are individually designed in a modern style with plenty of attention to detail. There’s a swimming pool and a Thalasso Spa centre with walls of Himalayan salt and cascades of Dead Sea salts. Just call or email us for our best rates, options and recommendations.
After your last lift ride, apres ski can be quite lively with a decent choice of quality bars. There are bars right by the Spinale lift where they have DJ’s, beer and free snacks. A great bar is Home Stube, offering a great choice of food and drinks, friendly staff and a nice atmosphere or try Cafe d’Or opposite the tourist Office, Antico Focolare also offers great drinks and pizzas. If you want to party until the early hours you should visit the Piano 54 club, which changes to des Alpes Mood Club after 8pm and where Valentino Rossi and Kiki Raikkomen are known to frequent. There is a multitude of different shops (not selling only ski/snowboard gear) for shopaholics, selling everything from designer brands to souvenirs. Madonna is THE “designer” Italian resort which is definitely a place to ski and be seen and mingle with the many Italians and celebrities who visit there. Maybe ski too!