Val di Sole and Val Rendena: the region and the localities
Val di Sole is a green mountain valley that stretches for about 50 km to the west of Val di Non. The Noce river that feeds Lake Santa Giustina
travels by it at the confluence of the two valleys. Val di Sole is surrounded by important mountain ranges: the Group of the Brenta Dolomites to the south,
the Adamello-Presanella to the west and the Ortler Ortles-Cevedale Alps to the north.
The word "Sol", from which the valley takes its name, is not particularly tied to sunshine, but it probably goes back to the Celtic god of the waters "Sulis" that the Romans identified with Minerva. The existence of the sources of therapeutic thermal springs rich in iron, sulfur and carbon – with diuretic, lymphatic and ematic effects at Pejo and Rabbi confirm the origin of the name "Sun".
The valley constitutes of a major tourist area, both in the summer and winter, especially in the centers of Passo del Tonale, Folgarida, Marilleva and Pejo. The realm of mountain sports and adventure, Val di Sole offers countless possibilities for fun and outdoor activity. Val di Sole is also a place of wellness and health, thanks to the spas of Terme di Pejo and Terme di Rabbi, whose waters are carbonic, ferruginous, rich in minerals and magnesium are appreciated for their beneficial actions on the skin, the respiratory system, the musculoskeletal system, and the lymphatic and venous vessels.
In the summer activities appreciated by outdoor adventurers are countless: canyoning, rafting, hydrospeed, canoeing, kayaking, iron rod climbing routes, climbing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and Nordic walking. The Noce River is one of the best rivers for river sports and becomes an annual venue for major national and international competitions.
The mountain bike lovers can take many paths and mountain roads as well as the bike path of about 50 km, which goes through the entire valley from the bridge of Mostizzolo to the fraction of Fucine of Ossana and from there to Vermilglio and Pejo, following the river Noce on ancient mountain routes.
In winter, the ski area of Folgarida-Marilleva connected to Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo, and the ski area of Passo Tonale and Pejo offer a wide choice to those who like downhill skiing and snowboarding. Instead cross-country skiing can be undertaken thanks to the 55 km rings in the resort of Passo Tonale, Vermiglio, Commezzadura, Cogolo, Ossana and Mezzana. In many places, there are also alpine ski itineraries and excursions with snowshoes through the quiet woods of the valley.