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Val di Sole

...sun, sports and relax...

Val di Sole

...sun, sports and relax...

...nestled among the fabulous Brenta Dolomites, recognised by Unesco as a natural World Heritage area thanks to the magnificent and unique landscape of the Adamello Presanella range and the Ortler Alps...the Valley is one of the most beloved destinations for both winter and summer tourism.

This Alpine valley, so-called because of its long, narrow shape, stretches from Passo Tonale to the Mostizzolo bridge...branching off to one side with the lesser valleys, Val di Rabbi and Val di Pejo. The name "Sole" does not derive from "sun" as in star, but rather to the Celtic god of water "Silius"; surely a reference to the presence, back in Roman times, of thermal springs in the Rabbi and Pejo valleys.

Over a third of the territory is covered by two protected areas: the Stelvio National Park and the Adamello - Brenta National Park, where the dense forests and steep slopes are blanketed in snow in winter and a haven for flora and fauna in summer.

With so much history behind it, Val di Sole boasts a wealth of traditional buildings, fortresses, castles, palaces and churches, often containing veritable "hidden treasures" which tell the story of the past and the civilizations which have dominated the Valley. Remember that Val di Sole was an important transit point during the "Great War", with trenches and border posts at Passo Tonale; many historic finds from the Presena Glacier have been collected in the Museo della Guerra in Vermiglio.

The home of trekking, with countless signposted routes; and rafting, with breathtaking descents of the river Noce, considered one of the best watercourses for river sports. Home also of mountain biking, the World Championships were held here in 2008, and indeed the Valley boasts a cycle track its entire length and is the first region to combine train + bike, making it possible to travel up by train and descend the valley on the cycle track...in winter this becomes train + ski, taking skiers straight from the city to the Daolasa –Val Mastellina lifts. The Folgarida Marilleva ski area has 150 km of pistes connected to Madonna di Campiglio, and the Skirama Dolomiti offers a total of 380 km of pistes.

There are many and varied reasons for enjoying complete relaxation on holiday in Val di Sole, in touch with nature and culture, quite apart from the local gastronomy which will delight every palate!!!


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