Malé has always been the administrative and economic centre of Val di Sole. It is located on the northeast side of a flat morainic terrace that is characteristic of the middle part of Val di Sole, about 40 m above the valley floor and the Noce River. It has a rather modern appearance, which is in part due to a disastrous fire in 1892. The numerous squares within the town also bear witness to the fact that for centuries Malé has always been the commercial and administrative centre of the valley. In addition to being a tourist destination, the main economic activities of Malé are artisanship and commerce, alongside agriculture and cattle raising and each autumn the traditional Saint Matthew’s fair/market still takes place here. There are many local associations in Malè that are an important characteristic of the town including sports clubs and cultural clubs like the “Centro Studi Val di Sole”, and important services like the volunteer Fire Brigade. Malé also has the "Acquacenter Val di Sole", a public swimming pool centre with three different indoor swimming pools.
The name of the town of Malé comes from the Latin word “Maletum” (apple farm) and several archaeological discoveries, including a votive tablet dating back to the year 200 A.D., are evidence of a Roman presence in the area. Documents prove that in 1178, the Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta, an ecclesiastical organization, already existed in Malé and in 1208 an Episcopal judge was the administrative and judicial official of the area. During the late Middle Ages, the village began to also have a certain economic importance when it hosted the “mercato del Bosco” (market of the woods) in the autumn. Up until the Napoleonic period, the community which was part of the Prince-Bishopric of Trento, governed itself according to the rules of the “Carta di Regola”, a sort of town statute. Around 1742 a monastery was built, but it was destroyed along with a large part of the town during the fire in 1892. In 1848 the Austrian troops and the Lombard revolutionaries fought against each other; in 1895 it officially became known as the burgh of Malé. In 1919 Trentino was annexed to Italy, therefore Malé also became part of Italy.
Located in the centre of the town is the parish church “Santa Maria Assunta” (Our Lady of the Assumption), which was rebuilt by Lombard craftsmen at the end of the 15th century and a lovely Renaissance portal was added in 1531. Between 1890 and 1893, Nordio from Trieste, redesigned the façade of the church in a neo romanesque - neo gothic style and eliminated the Baroque chapels. The bell tower, with double lancet and single lancet windows, and a small stone sculpture of the Christ Pantocrator are all that remain of the original Romanesque church. The inside of the church is divided into three naves covered by cross vaults. Here there are two splendid 17th century wooden altars – with paintings by Polacco (1614) and Camillo Procaccini and two marble statues from 1723. The murals in the nave and apse were painted in 1937 by Pino Casarini of Verona. Next to the church there is the chapel of Saint Valentino with a 15th century loggia and frescoes by Pino Casarini (1938).
The ethnographic museum "Museo della Civiltà Solandra", not far from the town’s main square, located on the ground floor of what was once the magistrate’s court in the former prison cells. Various rooms, which are divided into sections, host a collection of objects and tools from the past that allow us to understand how people in the valley lived: agriculture, forestry, dairy production, craftsmen (carpenters, blacksmiths, copper beaters, handicrafts, weaving) and an accurate reconstruction of the typical rooms of a traditional home (stua and kitchen). A section is dedicated to the famous mycologist don Giacomo Bresadola, who was born and lived in Val di Sole, that hosts a collection of personal objects and illustrated descriptions. The Museum has been open to the public since 1978, and it is managed by the Centro Studi per la Val di Sole.
If you go for a walk towards the Regazzini area in Malé, near the sports center, you’ll see the “segheria veneziana” (Venetian sawmill) which dates back to the year 1770. It has been recently restores and it is mainly used as an educational tool to teach people just how important a sawmill is and was for the local area and culture.