Uncompromisingly Italian, Madonna di Campiglio is an elegant and stylish town in a sheltered, sunny valley. Surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Brenta Dolomites, the town has long attracted the fur-clad, Italian glitterati. Cafes, boutique shops and wine bars surround the traffic free Piazza Righi and and are often more popular than the slopes. The good news is that this means practically non-existent queues and uncrowded pistes for you to enjoy. Italians, of course, love their food and you’ll find some of the finest restaurants in the Dolomites here from fantastic pizzerias through to beautiful Michelin star restaurants.
From the centre of town, the lifts fan out in all directions, whisking you comfortably above the tree line and into the four separate areas; the Cinque Laghi, the Pradalago, the Grostè and the Monte Spinale. The ski area extends to include the neighbouring, and far busier, resorts of Folgarida and Marilleva. A link was also recently made with neighbouring Pinzolo, adding a further 30km of mostly tree-lined, intermediate-friendly and uncrowded pistes.
Try the Spinale Direttissima, initially a standard red run but becoming the steep, black Schumacher Streif - named in honour of the famous F1 driver and frequent visitor to Campiglio There is also the World Cup slalom course of Canalone Miramonti where Alberto Tomba and Bode Miller have all enjoyed moments of glory. If you are after a gentler cruise back down to the town, try the Cinque Laghi whch offers more than 3.5km of scenic blue run. Here in Campiglio, the views are as important and as enjoyable as the pistes.
At the end of your ski day, there is a good choice of bars and cafes in the town. You can sit back and sip a glass of prosecco or an incredibly orange glass of Apperol. This will normally be served with a beautifully presented and complimentary selection of olives, crisps and nuts – the perfect accompaniment whilst you reminisce about your day on the slopes or simply watch the world go by.