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Guide to Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy

The town of Madonna di Campiglio makes a lasting impression. You can easily feel like a local, while stood in the main square washing down a crepe with an authentic Italian coffee. The resort is full of  laid back bars and delicious pizzerias. You can enjoy a glass of wine with good friends as you step off the slopes. To relax in style you can swoon at the offerings in elegant boutique stores and follow up with one of the creamiest hot chocolates which are to die for.

If you are planning on skiing in Madonna di Campiglio, you can also look forward to visiting the neighbouring resorts of Folgarida, Marilleva and Pinzolo with its gorgeous views and challenging black runs. It’s so accessible, with no bus or other transport required. Just ski or board over for an extra day of exploration.

What’s the skiing like in Madonna di Campiglio?

When visiting Madonna di Campiglio, you can access 150km of linked slopes, which can be skied between Folgarida, Marilleva, Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo without ever having to take your skis off. Pinzolo was only linked to this area back in the 2011/12 season and still remains relatively quiet. This area is perfect for enjoying un-crowded slopes and amazing panoramic views via the new gondola. There are also plenty of areas for beginners to practice their skills and improve, with gentle slopes close to the village and the gondolas.

Though 24 minutes in a cable car might not sound like fun, the journey up to the Grosté is well worth your time, particularly for intermediate skiers and confident improvers. This winding 7km blue run heads right back down into Madonna di Campiglio and provides spectacular views across the valleys. Madonna is definitely a little paradise for intermediate skiers with a great range of pistes to choose from – perfect for people looking for pleasurable cruising whilst still eating up the miles, which is totally worth the aching legs at the end of your stay.

A warning for snowboarders: make sure you carry your speed when taking runs 24 and 32 unless you fancy stretching your legs by walking the long flat sections, it’s almost impossible to make, but I dare you to give it a go. These runs are well worth persevering with though as there are some very attractive tree sections to play amongst.

Advanced skiers will enjoy the long, sweeping blacks from the top of Spinale and Pradalago whilst the world cup slalom course in Madonna ends right in the town centre. This run is not only exhilarating but is also a must for anyone who has ever dreamed of skiing like a professional.

Upgrading to an area pass will give you the chance to enjoy a day of great skiing in Passo Tonale, Ponte di Legno and Temù to give you a wider range of pistes to cover.

Where To Eat In Madonna Di Campiglio

  • For refuelling on the slopes there are plenty of pit-stops around the Madonna area. Even mixed ability groups will find it easy to still meet up for lunch.
  • Chalet Fiat is ideally located for anyone skiing in the Grostè and Spinale areas. Look out for the Formula 1 drivers’ signatures that decorate the walls. Outside you can grab some quick mountain munchies whilst inside you can get more hearty fare. There’s even an a la carte section for lunch in true Italian style.
  • Up Pradalago Mountain grab a bite at Refugio; make sure you get in before 13-15 though to make sure you get a table.
  • Mid morning, mid afternoon or whenever you fancy a break be sure to order a hot chocolate from any mountain restaurant, they are amazing.

Food and drink prices

Food

Sandwich – 5 Euros

Burger and fries – 12 Euros

Pizza – 8 Euros

Raclette – 35 Euros

Drink

Cup of coffee – 4 Euros

Small Beer – 4 Euros

Bottle of house wine – 20 Euros

Mulled wine – 5 Euros

Off the slopes

If you are a non-skier or just fancy a day of rest, then never fear there is plenty to keep you occupied without your Kindle. The town of Madonna di Campiglio is upmarket and very stylish. There is some great shopping, an ice rink to show off your pirouette (or mighty falls) and many types of restaurants serving typical Italian food for all budgets and tastes. For posh pampering why not head in to the Ferrari lounge for a glass of champagne.

The scenery isn’t reserved just for the skiers, there are many dedicated trails for walking and you can meet your ski enthusiasts at the top of the gondola for lunch. Further, with 21km of cross-country skiing you can choose the intensity using the dedicated school get the most out of the routes on offer.

If you want to try something new and exciting then why not try paragliding? For something more sedate you can visit the husky dogs for a dog-sledge ride.

Apres ski in Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglios has a reputation for chic apres ski. What that basically means it that it has plenty of bars/cafs and many restaurant options. What it doesn’t have is a pumping nightlife that will have you leaving the clubs and heading straight to the slopes.
That being said it does have a few late night options.

Best bars in Madonna di Campiglio

  • Hungry wolf – At the bottom of the Miramonti slope and full of Tyrolean charm, this is a perfect place to finish a day on the slopes.
  • Piano 54 – Livelier on the weekends but with more than enough on offer during the week. the type of place to get your toes tapping to some of the classics.
  • Dolomiti– This one is a bit of a hidden gem. Not in reputation – everyone in town will know about it- but location. Tucked away in a backstreet you may walk past it a few times before you spot it. But once you do, you’ll love it.

 

Extensive linked skiing and amazing views for every level and ability make Madonna di Campiglio stand out in your memory (and photos). If you want variety off the slopes and in the evenings, this is one of my top suggestions for the Brenta Dolomites and the Italian Alps.

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