The best activities (and time) around Brenta Dolomites

Brenta Dolomites in the heart of Adamello Brenta Park are one out of 9 Dolomite groups which have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

They are enclosed to the north by Val di Sole, to the south by Valli Giudicarie, to the east by Val di Non, Lake Molveno and the Paganella Plateau, and to the west by Val Rendena. Many well-known resorts are located within the group: Madonna di Campiglio, Dimaro, Pinzolo, Molveno, San Lorenzo in Banale, Marilleva, Andalo, Folgarida.

Striking rock towers and spires surround this particularly fascinating natural scenery. The central part gives you access to the amazing Molveno Lake and Madonna di Campiglio. The northern one is home to a small community of brown bears!

Let’s see the best time to visit Brenta Dolomites and the best activities to do here.

Brenta Dolomites in Summer

For more than a century they have been a paradise for hikers and mountaineers: there are many paths, via ferrata routes. They are a perfect environment for high-altitude trekking and climbing. They offer steep and breathtaking ascents, equipped routes and trails. The entire Brenta Dolomites group is well served by numerous mountain huts.

Some of the most popular routes certainly include:

  • Via Ferrata: the striking "Via delle Bocchette," with its steep walls, vertiginous peaks and breathtaking panorama
  • Biking: Dolomiti del Brenta Bike is a fascinating mountain bike tour to be covered in stages and over several days. It is a loop MTB alpencross route around the Brenta Dolomites for true MTB and adventure lovers.
  • Hiking: Dolomiti di Brenta Trek is a hiking tour designed all around the Brenta mountain range, the westernmost chain of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites, and nestled in the heart of one of Italy's wildest and most authentic nature parks, Adamello Brenta Nature Park.

Every tour should to be tackled with the appropriate equipment and with an experienced mountain guide. Keep reading: intervista a Matteo

Brenta Dolomites in winter

In winter, the Brenta Dolomites turn into a well-equipped ski area offering 150 km of slopes connecting Madonna di Campiglio, Folgarida, Marilleva and Pinzolo.

Skiarea Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta Val di Sole Val Rendena is the largest ski area in Trentino with 100 slopes, 4 snowparks, night skiing and 57 lifts.

Brenta Dolomites history and nature: from Princess Sissi to the cleanest lake in Italy

Madonna di Campiglio

Among the guests who loved Campiglio in the late 19th century we surely need to mention Princess Sissi and Emperor Franz Joseph. You can see them portrayed in the Hofer Salon of the Grand Hotel des Alpes, a magnificent room painted in Art Nouveau style by South Tyrolean painter Gottfried Hofer.

In her endless wanderings Elizabeth of Wittelsbach, Princess Sissi, stayed in Campiglio twice. The first was in 1889 and she was so impressed by the beauty of the place that she wanted to return a few years later, in 1894.

Lake Molveno

Lake Molveno has been declared the most beautiful and cleanest lake in Italy more than once. A feature that alone should be enough to head to its shores. If that should not be enough, the surrounding landscape will steal your heart: a turquoise jewel set in the frame shaped by the Brenta Dolomites, the massif of Mount Gazza and Paganella. A must-see place!

Brenta Dolomites Traverse