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. They are home to some of the world's most famous vie ferrate (trails with permanent cables and ladders), including the Via Ferrata delle Bocchette, pioneered by trailblazing British climber Francis Fox Tuckett in the 1860s.
On the densely forested western side of the Brenta group is the popular resort of Madonna di Campiglio, while on the eastern side is the Altipiano della Paganella, a high plateau offering some skiing and a huge range of outdoor adventures. The wiggly S421, S237 and S239 linking the two make for some scenic driving.