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Madonna di Campiglio

 

Beneath the watchful eyes

of the Brenta Dolomites

 

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I found myself in Madonna di Campiglio

living the beautiful life.

 

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Up in the mountains

with warm inviting weather

 

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skiing in the sunshine

there’s no greater pleasure.

 

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With long and mellow blues

fun well-pisted reds

 

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being on the slopes

is more joyful than intense.

 

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Afternoon comes

time for lunch in an Alpine cabin

 

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leisurely dining Italian style

courses of antipasti, grilled fish, and salad.

 

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Beyond the slopes lies vast terrain

for endless exploration

 

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ski touring, ice climbing, snow shoeing, dog sledding

the ultimate adventure vacation.

 

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At first glance the town may look

like your typical alpine village

 

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but step inside the piazza

and discover Italian traditions.

 

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Shops that sell designer labels

not just the usual ski and snow things

 

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grocers behind cases of salami

vending antipasto, minestrone, marzipan treats.

 

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Après ski begins with an aperitivo

complemenatary foccacia and calamari

 

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late at night the DJ starts spinning

the party gets really popping.

 

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With the bright blue skies

and fresh mountain air

 

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such pleasurable skiing

and days without cares

 

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a culture that remains

refined yet unpretentious

 

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with restaurants as good

as in a city metropolis

 

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in Madonna di Campiglio

I began to see

 

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what La Bella Vita

truly means to me.

 

 

How to Live “La Bella Vita” in Madonna di Campiglio

 

Where I stayed in Madonna di Campiglio

Right on the edge of town, I stayed at the Alpen Suite Hotel with a cozy, old world atmosphere. The suites are spacious with elegant living rooms, big cozy beds, and gorgeous views of the Alps. The best part of staying here? The amazing dinner. Half board guests receive a multi-course dinner, each an absolute work of art. Even if you stay somewhere else, come here to eat at least once.  The restaurant serves the best food I had anywhere in the Alps, with homemade pasta, beautiful seafood, and inventive desserts.

 

Where I Ate in Madonna di Campiglio

One of my favorite places to nibble in Madonna di Campiglio, is just the grocery store in town, which has an amazing deli stocked with grilled veggies, handmade pastas, ready to eat dishes, local cheese, and many goodies. They also have a decent produce selection and anything you’d need to cook your own meal. Up on the mountain between ski runs, I had an incredibly fresh and delicious lunch at the mountain hut Restaurant Boch, with reasonably priced fresh local fish, grilled vegetables, and salad, and another day at Pradagalo Mountain Hut with sweeping views of the Dolomites and perfectly tender steak.

 

What I Did in Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio is known for having a large ski area, with slopes for all levels. As a beginner, I loved the long runs and the many blue and red pistes. I had a stellar ski instructor, and unlike some of the other resorts I went to, we had plenty of options for where we could ski with my level. I can honestly say that Madonna di Campiglio was my favorite place I went skiing at in Europe.

It may be a ski resort, but even people who don’t ski nor snowboard could still thoroughly enjoy themselves. One day I went snow shoeing, and within five minutes I found myself in another world. It was like I was in a snowy desert. There were almost no people, and absolutely gorgeous views. Guide Alpine, in the center of town, organizes all kinds of excursions, including ice climbing. Venturing out with them is a great way to see off piste terrain without ski touring if you’re skills aren’t up to snuff yet.

Apres ski in Madonna di Campiglio reminds me of Italian happy hour. You pop into the bar, grab a glass of prosecco or a Campari soda, and nibble on free Italian appetizers. Per the advice of the locals, I went to the Ober 1, known for the best apres ski. They have a live DJ, a fun atmosphere, and at night they occasionally host parties.

 

 

This trip was in collaboration with the Madonna di Campiglio Tourism Board. Thank you to the wonderful representatives who put love and energy into organizing a phenomenal trip. I’m humbled with gratitude for their kindness and generosity. 

 


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  1. I love the soft focus. It makes the photos take on a surreal quality, like a “Thomas the Tank Engine” set. I recall skiing in Trentino many years ago while wearing Carhartt bib overalls–I was not amongst the jet set.