The road which cuts through the heart of the Brenta Dolomites commences at Tione di Trento and terminates in Madonna di Campiglio, the elite mountain resort which for centuries has been the chosen retreat of both Italian and international celebrities. The journey is brief but punctuated with a great number of places to visit, all immersed in a landscape of breathtaking beauty.

The Brenta Dolomites are the only group of mountains situated to the west of the Adige river: the range extends for some 40 kilometers and offers a stunning variety of ascents, well maintained walking routes, mountain refuges, and high altitude bivouacs. Their special appeal lies in the great towers of rock which, from dawn to sunset, take on a fabulous pink tone. Among the excursions to be made there is that along the Via delle Bocchette, a mountain route with a series of fixed climbing aids (wire ropes, rungs pegs, ladders and bridges) which should be attempted only by those using the suitable equipment. It crosses the entire group of the Brenta, from the "Grostè Pass" as far as the "Refuge of the 12 Apostles". The best known stretch is that of the "Bocchette Centrali" which coasts the most important peaks: the Brenta Alta, Campanile Alto, Campanile Basso, and Sfulmini.

Whilst at Tione, visitors should visit the 12th century Church of the Assunta where a fabulous fresco of the Madonna and Child by Simone II Baschenis is conserved. At Pelugo, a few kilometers away, the presence of the Bergamascan painters is more evident still: in the facade of the Church of Sant'Antonio Abate, painted by Cristoforo I Baschenis, and on the south wall of the same church where Baschenis's son, Dioniso, painted a series of scenes depicting the life of the saint.

Once beyond Spiazzo, we enter the Val Genova. This typical Alpine valley, lateral to that of the Val Rendena, is known for its cascades and the richness of the waters which descend from the Adamello and Presanella glaciers. The formation of the valley means that the water must flow over great precipices of rock before joining the river Sarca. The Nardis Waterfalls, formed by the torrent of the same name, are among the highest in Italy's Trentino area. On the southern side, there are the waterfalls of Lares, Casol and Folgorida. The valley bottom and the slopes, the latter rising up to a quota of some 2000 meters, are all covered with a thick forest of fir trees.

The principal carriageway starts at Carisolo, just 800 meters away. Inside the cemetery chapel named after Santo Stefano there is a fresco attributed to members of the Baschenis family. The fresco, comprised of two panels, depicts Carlo Magno with 7 bishops, a number of prelates and a group of soldiers whilst, in the lower panel, there is a scroll on which the legend of the expedition of Carlo Magno in Val Camonica and the Trentino is narrated; evidence of the strong influence the great French Sovereign had in the Val Camonica and in a number of towns of the Val di Sole and the high Val Rendena.

Madonna di Campiglio, also known as the "pearl of the Brenta Dolomites", is an extremely well equipped tourist destination with a great number of hotels, modern ski lifts, 150 kilometers of ski slopes, 50.000 square meters of Snowpark, 40 kilometers of Nordic ski, and the Natural Park of the Adamello Brenta. For those visiting during the summer months, there are numerous excursions to be made on foot or mountain bike.

Madonna di Campiglio became a popular tourist destination in the mid 19th century and was much loved by the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph and his famous consort "Sissi", who often sought refuge from the austerity of the Viennese Court here. Once a year, Madonna di Campiglio breathes the unique atmosphere of the week long Hapsburg Carnival, event which recreates the magical world of the imperial court. Seven days of celebrations, including firework displays and sumptuous banquets, are attended by guests wearing elegant evening entire, who arrive in carriages escorted by guards on horseback. The most important event is that of the Emperor's Great Ball, where Sissi opens the dances to the notes of the Viennese Waltz.

Madonna di Campiglio offers every form of entertainment; by day it is the perfect location where to partake in winter or summer sports; by night where to choose from a seemingly endless assortment of restaurants, bars, and clubs where to listen to live music and enjoy a drink after a day spent on the ski slopes. Expert skiers will want to attempt the Spinale, the 70% slope, renamed the "Canalone Schumacher" after the German F1 pilot declared it to be his favorite. Night Ski-ing is one of the many pursuits to be enjoyed here.