Great Escapes: Snow Adventures in Trentino, Italy


At the moment Italy demands Visitors must be fully vaccinated (or have recovered from Covid-19 within the last six months) and test negative for Covid-19 within 48 or 72 hours of entering the country. In Italy, with some exceptions, an FFP2 (or N95) face mask must be worn both indoors and outdoors. More information about the regulations in Trentino can be found here here.

Over the past year, the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated much of the European ski industry; many mountain resorts are not open at all. For the 2021/22 season, however, an extensive distribution of vaccinations, as well as fewer travel restrictions across most of the continent, has allowed for the glorious return of the European winter holidays.

Trentino, in the Italian-speaking half of northern Italy, surrounded by Alpine and Dolomite peaks, isn’t particularly massive. But within its borders there is excellent winter sports infrastructure to delight enthusiasts of all skill levels, stunning natural parks and, because you are in Italy, superb food and wine. Surprisingly, however, Trentino hasn’t been showered with the kind of global attention you might expect, meaning there’s still the luxury of fewer crowds and more space.

“We have a lot to offer in a small amount of land,” says Olympic snowboarder Alberto Schiavon, 43, whose family owns the five-star Hotel Chalet del Sogno in Madonna di Campiglio, one of Trentino’s main resort towns. There are also ancient lakeside towns, artistic villages and spa enclaves. Schiavon adds that while it’s obvious that there’s plenty for travelers to explore, locals have it pretty good too. “The quality of life in this region is much higher than in others; It is clean and pure, from the drinking water to the lack of pollution to the clean, fresh air.”

For those of us who prefer something under the radar, why Trentino isn’t as popular as Gstaad or Courchevel is perhaps a mystery better left unsolved.


Hotel Chalet del Sogno is a charming, wood-panelled property across a small street from one of Madonna di Campiglio’s ski lifts.

Hotel Chalet del Sogno

It doesn’t get more boutique than the 18-room Hotel Chalet del Sogno, a charming wood-paneled property across a small street from one of Madonna di Campiglio’s ski lifts – yes, it’s ski-in/ski-out. What was once a family home (the owners still live on the upper floors) has been transformed into an elegant but carefree retreat for die-hard mountaineers who come to conquer the Dolomites. Spacious, locally-inspired interiors — knotty pine finishes, woolen textiles, and roaring fireplaces — lend a sense of place to every corner, but the inventory of today’s most desirable amenities ensures an exceptional chalet experience: The

underground spa
with various saunas, pools, and body treatments, late afternoons are often busy with guests soothing their ski-weary muscles. While the in-house restaurant Because of Pini has all the homemade pasta, rich risottos, and hearty terrines you need for many more rounds the next day.

A stylish, modernly equipped wellness retreat, Lefay Resort & SPA DolomitesThe forward-thinking interior design offers a picturesque juxtaposition to the rugged landscapes that surround it. Dark wood, supple leather, and lots of glass offer an unexpected, sexy take on mountain chic, but floor-to-ceiling windows ensure guests never forget where they are. However, the state-of-the-art spa and accompanying wellness program are the main draws. Over 50,000 square meters are dedicated to pure relaxation, which, it must be said, should revolve around three different water features: a lap pool, an indoor-outdoor pool and an indoor saltwater lake.


The Due Pini restaurant offers homemade pasta, rich risottos and savory terrines.

Hotel Chalet del Sogno

Hidden in the chapel of a medieval monastery in the village of Giustino,
Mildas is nothing short of a gastronomic icon in this corner of Italy. First opened in 1966 by Mirko Pizzini in the neighboring town of Pinzolo, this acclaimed family-owned restaurant is still all about local cuisine and produce. The reins have been passed from generation to generation since then, but many of the dishes Pizzini served back then are still crowd-pleasers today. Start with Mirko’s spaghetti (tomato-based with capers, oregano, and garlic) before enjoying an oven-baked steak with a few chunks of chopped red chillies. Finish off with a delicious ricotta ice cream, served like a soft spread and then drizzled with local honey.

For even more edgy fare, Trentino has a handsome, star-studded menu. At the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Roverato, chef Alfio Ghezzi was awarded a Michelin star sense serves the most delicious dishes imaginable, including Trentino shiitake mushrooms, served with trout and slender carrot wedges sprinkled with red spruce. Not far from the city of Trento, Locanda Margon is another starred culinary reference point. Here, chef Edoardo Fumagalli, who has had a hard time eating at the likes of Taillevent in Paris and Daniel in New York, creates the Extraordinary Trentino menu, which – as the name suggests – emphasizes local ingredients like Alpine fish braised in squid ink Broth and a risotto flavored with a spicy extract of herbs picked in the mountains.

You’re in Italy, so the wine should flow freely, especially if you’re a fan of sparkling wine. Trentino is home to Trentodoc, an appellation with 61 producers for uniquely scented sparkling wine. (In fact, it is the only Champenoise production that takes place in a mountain setting.)

When planning a winery visit, go where the legacy was first planted: Canteen Ferrari (no relationship to the car manufacturers in Italy) is the origin of the Trentodoc sparkling wines about 150 years ago. And so Ferrari vintages, especially the Grand Cuvée and the Riserva del Fondatore, are among the best sparkling wines in the country. For winemakers who prefer their juice still, ForadoriKnown for its sustainable winemaking using lesser-known native varietals such as Teroldego and Nosiola, it is worth adding to the itinerary.


The region also offers stunning natural landscapes.


With the dramatically sharp peaks of the Brenta Dolomites as a backdrop, Trentino offers plenty of skiing and snowboarding opportunities for all levels. The best of it is in Madonna di Campiglio, a resort town so popular that even Franz Joseph of Austria spent his winter holidays there in the early 20th century.

World-class athletes are also attracted to the destination for the Alpine Ski World Cup, which in turn speaks for the excellent skiing conditions. Over 90 miles of mostly intermediate runs connected by nearly 60 lifts, Campiglio has rightly been called the Pearl of the Dolomites. Intrepid off-piste enthusiasts can hire the experts at Guide Alpine Madonna di Campiglio to organize backcountry tours through some of the more pristine areas of the area or to manage the adrenaline rush that comes with ice climbing. You can also slap skins on your skis and explore the Adamello Brenta National Park, which is just over the mountains.

There is also a lot to experience away from the mountains. If you want the best views of the Dolomites, take to the skies wings 2 fliesa paragliding company that whisks guests into the clouds for a breathtaking perspective of Trentino’s snowy splendor.

Further south of the region, you can enjoy something less death-defying, with a tranquil sail on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Garda – the country’s largest lake. In the warmer months there is a lot of activity on Lake Garda, especially among windsurfers. Things are calmer when winter comes, however Lake Garda Charter can organize boat trips to idyllic lakeside villages, most of which enjoy dramatic landscapes framed by both mountains and water.

Given Trentino’s location on Italy’s northern fringes, it’s actually fairly easy to fit parts of Switzerland into a broader Alpine route. luxury tour operator Black Tomato can make this a reality with his driving adventure through the Stelvio Pass, a scenic, snake-like mountain road between the two countries. It’s a fully customizable experience where you drive yourself (gliding through those hairpin turns is part of the thrill) in the car of your dreams (maybe a


DB9 Volante ?) stopping en route for winter wonderland excursions such as heli-skiing, followed by a snowmobile ride to a secluded cabin for a Trentodoc sparkling wine tasting.


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