The Waterfall at Madonna di Campiglio
Madonna di Campiglio ItalyFor visitors who have had their fill of museums, artworks, churches and history, a trip to Madonna di Campiglio makes a refreshing change. It is just 63km (40miles) north of Riva del Garda through some of the most amazing mountain scenery. Madonna di Campiglio is known as the Pearl of the Brenta Dolomites and Val Genova, as well as being a valley of waterfalls, is the entrance to the Adamello Brenta Natural Park. Here walkers and mountain bikers can enjoy some of the 450km of trails through mountain fir trees and larch forests with views of lakes, streams and isolated malghe, which are shepherds huts.
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The Cascate di Nardis is a well-known beauty spot about 4km (2 miles) along the Val Genova with impressive waterfalls. The white-water cascade plunges 90 metres (300 feet) down the mountainside. The viewing platform at the bottom allows visitors to see the alleged forms of petrified demons!
Madonna di Campiglio is the main resort in this area of the Val Meledrio, which is nestled between the Brenta and Adamello mountains. It is Italys #1 resort for skiing in the winter and for hill walking during the summer months amidst the magnificent, verdant terrain. The cablecars give easy access to the peaks. The small town has around a thousand residents and there is a small plaza of chalet-style buildings and shops where refreshments can be enjoyed. It comes to life in the winter when it hosts the Alpine Skiing World Cup and many snowboarding races.
The nearby church at Pinzolo is also well worth visiting as it has a famous 1539 fresco depicting A Dance of Death. It shows a procession of figures, both rich and poor and is underwritten with local text.
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