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Queen Gardens tour

Alpine tour · Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
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  • Queen Gardens
    / Queen Gardens
    Photo: fototeca ApT Madonna di Campiglio Pinzolo Val Rendena, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Queen Gardens, panoramic view
    Photo: Geminiani, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Queen Gardens
    Photo: fototeca ApT Madonna di Campiglio Pinzolo Val Rendena, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Queen Gardens: fossils
    Photo: Delio Picciani - fototeca ApT Madonna di Campiglio Pinzolo Val Rendena, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
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Amazing excursion on gravel tracks and easy rocks on the foot of Pietra Grande mountain. Interesting geological and botanical aspects along the path.

Distance 4.5 km
2:00 h
118 m
478 m
2,438 m
2,074 m

The "Orto della Regina" (Garden of the Queen) is one of the most stunning natural terraces of the entire Brenta Group, so named because legend has it that a queen and her entourage came here and planted flowers and shallots. It is famous not only for this legend, but also for the fact that there are a number of boulders with some amazing fossils.

Author’s recommendation

Easy route of great geological interest and landscape value. This was one of the favorite route of the Sissi princess and the Viennese aristocracy because of its majestic view on the Brenta and the Adamello-Ortles mountains; it is particularly evocative because of the presence of sea fossils and the rich variety of the mountain flora.
PD+ easy
Highest point
Rifugio Stoppani, 2,438 m
Lowest point
2,074 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

Trail sign: 301, 336, 301.

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Tips and hints



Grostè pass (2,437 m)


Graffer refuge

Turn-by-turn directions

From “Grostè” Pass (you can reach the pass taking Grostè cableway) go down the wide path along the ski run at the feet of “Pietra Grande” mountain. At “Graffer” refuge turn right and follow “Orti della Regina” path, where you find an interesting area rich in flowers and ancient fossils. Go back following the same path till “Graffer” refuge and then go down, by cablecar - from "Boch" refuge - or walking, to Campo Carlo Magno.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

In summer shuttle bus from the centre of Madonna di Campiglio (Brenta Alta square) up to Grostè cableway (from June to September).

Getting there

Reach the Grostè cableway, 1 km northwards Madonna di Campiglio along the main road SS239
To reach the cableway coming from Pinzolo, take the tunnel at the beginning of Madonna di Campiglio - avoiding the centre of the village - and go on towards Campo Carlo Magno for about 1 k after the tunnel exit.
Coming from Dimaro, instead, pass Campo Carlo Magno and, after about 800 meters, arrive at the Grostè cableway.


Paid parking area at Grostè cableway.


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Mountaineering boots, hat, windbreakers and sun lotion are highly recommended. 

Basic Equipment for Alpine Routes

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • 35-45 liter rucksack  (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Hiking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Alpine Routes

  • B2 or B3 mountaineering boots
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Ice axes (basic or technical with hammer and adze as required)
  • C2-C3 crampons with anti-balling plates (as required by route and to match boots)  
  • Single rope
  • Half ropes
  • Twin ropes
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  • Friend/cam offset 0.5-0.75
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  • Set of nuts
  • Double set of nuts
  • Small nuts
  • Medium nuts
  • Large nuts
  • Nut tool
  • Tricam(s)
  • Ball nut(s)
  • (Active) Camming device(s) for wider cracks such as the Gipsy
  • Hexentric(s)
  • Progress capture pulley(s) such as the Petzl Traxion
  • Micro ascender(s) such as the Petzl TiBloc
  • Pitons and hammer
  • Set of ice screws
  • Short ice screws
  • Medium ice screws
  • Long ice screws
  • V-Thread tool
  • 2x Harness tool holder such as the Ice Clipper or Caritool
  • Quickdraws
  • Locking device

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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PD+ easy
4.5 km
2:00 h
118 m
478 m
Highest point
2,438 m
Lowest point
2,074 m
Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Botanical highlights Cableway ascent/descent


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