Economic, cultural and administrative center of Val di Sole, Malé, in the province of Trento, is located on the north-eastern part of the sunny terrace moraine, at the confluence of the rivers Noce and Rabbies, between the natural parks of Stelvio and Adamello-Brenta. Due to its geographical position, as well as for modern sports facilities, it is a great holiday location at any time of the year and a perfect starting point to reach the ski resorts of the Valleys of the Sun, Folgarida-Marilleva, Madonna di Campiglio and Pejo and, in summer, excursions along the well-maintained mountain paths or towards the peaks of the Brenta Dolomites.
The name has clear origins and derives from the Latin "maletum" (farm planted with apple).
The discovery of a votive plaque dating to the II century A.D. documents the ancient origins of the country. It belonged to the Principality-Bishop of Trento until the Napoleonic period, governing itself autonomously with the rules contained in the "Charter of Rules". The town was nearly completely destroyed, after the disastrous fire of 1892 and annexed to the Kingdom of Italy after the First World War.
Sites of Interest:
- the Church of the Assumption, located in the center of the country, of Romanesque origins, although it was rebuilt in the XV century by Lombard craftsmen and decorated with a Renaissance porch in 1531. In the last decade of the XIX century, the façade was rebuilt in neo-Romanesque style by the artist of Trieste, Nordio. The interior is divided into three naves has two beautiful XVII century altars, with paintings by the Polacco and Camillo Procaccini, and two valuable marble XVIII century altars. It is flanked by a Bell Tower with single and double windows and a small sculpture depicting Christ Pantocrator;
- the Chapel of St. Valentine, adjacent to the parish of the Assumption, which features a XV century lodge and a series of frescoes of Casarini;
- the Church of St. Louis, of XVIII century origins, initially dedicated to St. John of Nepomuceno and inside preserves a beautiful altar, artwork of the Ramus;
- the Chapel of St. Blaise, former hospice for travelers, recently mentioned as early as 1274;
- the Sawmill (1770), recently restored;
- the Marinelli Forge of Pondasio, one of the last hydraulic forges still working in the Alps;
- the Museum of Solandra, located on the ground floor of the old Austrian barracks.