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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, including the Via Ferrata delle Bocchette, pioneered by trailblazing British climber 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 outdoor 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 for some scenic driving. Regular bus connections with Trento are plentiful in the high seasons.

While the Superskirama pass covers the Brenta, separate passes are also available. Skiarea passes cover Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo and Folgarida-Marilleva (1/3/7-days €46/131/266); specific Madonna di Campiglio or Pinzolo passes are a few euros cheaper. Paganella passes cost €37/95/165, or there is a 5-day pass (€170) that includes a free day in one other Brenta resort.