Introducing Brenta Dolomites
The Brenta group lies like a rocky island to the west of the main Dolomite range. Protected by the Parco Naturale Adamello-Brenta, these sharp, majestic peaks are well known among mountaineers for their sheer cliffs and tricky ascents and are home to some of the world's most famous vie ferrate routes. Harnesses and ropes are essential for most of these high-altitude trails, including one of the group's most famous, the Via Ferrata delle Bocchette pioneered by British climber trailblazer Francis Fox Tuckett in the 1860s.
On the eastern side of the Brenta group is the Altipiano della Paganella, a high plateau offering some skiing and a range of outdoors adventures. On the densely forested western side is the glitzy resort of Madonna di Campiglio. The wiggly S421, S237 and S239 linking the two make a scenic, if perilous, drive. Regular bus connections with Trento are plentiful in the high seasons.
While the Superskirama pass covers all of the Brenta, separate passes are available. The 1-/3-/6-day passes for Madonna di Campiglio are €35/101/178, while those for Altipiano della Paganella cost €36/101/179.