Cortina d'Ampezzo

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Cortina d'Ampezzo is a town in the province of Belluno, in the region of Veneto, Italy

Understand[edit]

Summer in Cortina d'Ampezzo

The most famous, fashionable and expensive Italian ski resort. In summer you may well find all camp sites full - meaning FULL.

Get in[edit]

Flying in you'd want to fly to the Venice Area, either Venice's main airport, Marco Polo, or Treviso, or Bolzano in Italy. Or Innsbruck Austria.

Driving in is the most obvious option. Cortina is not too far from the Autobahn to the Brenner Pass or there is an Autostrada that goes from Venice to Cadore some 40km away from Cortina. Thankfully the valley does not have a very high elevation so it is clear of treacherous road conditions for much of the year, be sure to check road conditions before driving and be aware that conditions tend to be far worse through the mountain passes, be sure you are driving on the most traveled passes as they get cleared first.

Cortina Express buses run somewhat frequently from Venice Mestre train station, Venice Marco Polo airport and from Treviso airport, daily off peak season and 5 times per day in high season. Journey time from Venice to Cortina 2 hours. In summer there is a daily bus service to Cortina from Bolzano through Dolomiti passes scenic road.

There is a train to Pieve Di Cadore some 35km from Cortina that comes direct from Venice (€7.50 each way) a 6 times a day during the peak winter season and takes approximately 2h45m, and then dolomitibus runs a bus that runs roughly 5-10min after arrival that will go to go to Cortina in approx a half hour, a ticket is €3 and can be purchased upon entering. Taxis to Cortina from here are €65. Similar public transport runs in summer.

Get around[edit]

Walking within the town is the obvious option, as it is relatively compact. There are also local public buses, the small orange ones which will take you in the very immediate vicinity. Connections with Dolomitibus at the bus station will take you to the surrounding towns and outlying areas, as well as to the ski areas, but do so rather infrequently. Please note skibuses do not run from 10am to 2pm, and stop at 5pm. The Dolomiti buses are very useful for hikers as they mostly go west and east to the mountain passes, from which cable cars or chair lifts ascend, and bus stops are often positioned at the starting points for hikes. Timetables for all these services are available in the bus station. Combination tickets are available for both buses and lifts and represent a good saving if you plan to be around for several days.

Taxis are generally available and can be called, some areas have a taxi stand like the bus station, or Passo di Falzarego. Taxis are VERY EXPENSIVE in Cortina, expect to pay €3 per kilometer and they typically charge from Cortina to where they are picking you up and then to your destination. I.e a trip from Pocol ski lifts to Cortina an 8km trip will cost €30.

Based on convenience and the cost of a taxi, you are best advised to bring a car. However for many that will not be possible so buses are the next best option.

One local bus goes up to the Auronzo hutte/rifugio/mountain inn, which sits directly beside the Tre Cime de Lavaredo, one of the finest mountain blocks in the Dolomites. From the refugio you can walk on a fairly level path anti-clockwise around the mountain, to get the very best views from the far side.

There are many and varied hiking routes, reached by buses, cable cars, gondolas or chair lifts, or on foot. Good maps are available, especially one at 1:25000, which have all the routes marked complete with their relevant numbering (which corresponds to the numbering on the actual paths themsleves. The Tourist Office has also a rather basic map which is also useful for orientation purposes. For the most part the routes are well marked in the usual red-white-red flashes common in many parts of the Alps.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Cinque Torri (see below)

Do[edit][add listing]

Winter[edit]

Lagazuoi - Pelmo - Civetta

Alpine skiing[edit]

There are three skiing areas in Cortina: Ski Area Faloria Cristallo Mietres, Ski Area Tofana and Ski Area Lagazuoi 5 Torri. There are 66 tracks (about 120 km). Cortina is part of the Dolomiti Superski: with a single skipass you can use 450 lifts and over 1200 km of tracks in 12 different locations.

  • Ski Area Faloria Cristallo Mietres, [1]. 24 tracks: 5 black (hard level), 11 red (medium level), 8 blue (easy) for about 44 km. On the Faloria you’ll find the Pista Vitelli, one of the most scenic of the Dolomiti. The Mietres area is the best choice for beginners and children. The most difficult part of the whole Dolomiti Superski starts from Cristallo: the Pista Staunies, 63% slope in the first part.  edit
  • Ski Area Tofana. 37 tracks: 6 black, 12 red, 13 blue and 6 green (the easiest level) for about 47 Km. The Canalone and Schuss tracks feature in the Ladies’ FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. In the lowest part there are tracks for beginners and a snowpark for freestyle. The Ski Tour Olimpia allows you to access the tracks used in the Winter Olympic games in 1956. The funicular Freccia nel Cielo goes up to 2500 metres in the area of Ra Valles (Tofana di Mezzo). The view here is beautiful. The black track Vertigine Bianca (White Vertigo) is only for the most expert skiers.  edit
  • Ski Area Lagazuoi 5 Torri. 11 tracks: 5 red, 6 blue for about 29 Km. The 5 Torri area is linked to Passo Falzarego: from here you can take the funicular and go up to Rifugio Lagazuoi (2500 m) and then enjoy the panorama on the nearby mountains Marmolada, the Gruppo del Sella, the Civetta, the Pelmo and Tofane.  edit

Cross-country skiing[edit]

If you like cross-country skiing you won't have problems. There are many tracks going through the Dolomiti d'Ampezzo Natural Park and thanks to Dolomiti NordicSki you can enjoy 1300 km of tracks.

Other sports[edit]

In the Tofana Ski Area you'll find Cortina Snowpark for snowboarders and freestylers. There are also skating rings and curling tracks. You can also do snowmobile excursions, drive go-karts on the snow or going down with sledges from the refuges.

Summer[edit]

Monte Cristallo

Summer in Cortina means outdoor activities. There are tennis courts, a golf club, you can go fishing, biking, hiking and rock climbing. There is much more to do in summer than during winter.

  • Cortina Golf, Loc.Fraina 14/15 - 32043 Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), 0436 860952 (, fax: 0436.876355), [2]. 18 holes, beside the old driving rang of Hotel Miramonti Majestic.  edit
  • Parco Avventura Adrenalin Center (Adventure park), Località Ronco, +39 335 8155177 (), [3]. Courses for adults, teens and children.  edit
  • Tennis Club Cortina, Località Sopiazes - 32043 Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL), 0436 868486 (), [4]. 6 tennis courts (3 clay, 2 outdoor in artificial turf, one indoor artificial turf), 1 futsal court, private lessons and courses. In August it hosts an ATP Challenger tournament.  edit

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Cortina d'Ampezzo's main street

Corso Italia is the main shopping area in town.

  • La Cooperativa di Cortina, Corso Italia 40, 0436 861245 (), [5]. The biggest shopping centre of the Dolomites. The Cooperativa is an institution for inhabitants and tourists.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Birreria Hacker Pschorr, via Stazione 7, +39 0436 868121 (). dalle 10.30 alle 2.00. Sandwiches, traditional and bavaria cuisine  edit
  • Ristorante il Campanile, loc. Fraina 14/15 (presso il golf club), +39 333 1020638 (), [6]. Inside the clubhouse of Cortina golf club, traditional cuisine.  edit
  • Ristorante El Zoco, Via Cademai 18A (località Cademai), +39 0436 860041 (), [8]. Another famous restaurant, traditional cuisine  edit
  • Ristorante Tivoli, Lacedel 34 (località Lacedel), +39 0436 866400 (), [9]. One of the best rated restaurants in Cortina.  edit
  • Ristorante Al Camin, Località Alverà, 99, +39 0436 862010 (), [10]. On the road that leads to Tre Croci pass and Misurina. Recently renovated.  edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hotel Roma,Via A. De Lotto, 8 - 32046 San Vito di Cadore - Ph. +39.0436.890166 - Fax +39.0436.890302 [11] Here we are in San Vito di Cadore, a village nestled between the Pelmo and the Antelao, 10 km from Cortina.
  • Park Hotel Faloria [12], Zuel di Sopra, 46. Telephone +39 0436 2959, Fax +39 0436 866 483. A four star hotel. Presents 31 suites and several services. Rates starting from €130. Breakfast and wellness centre included.

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Get out[edit]

one of the Cinque Torri
  • The Cinque Torri (five towers) is a fine group of extraordinarily shaped mountain stumps in a more or less straight line so that from a distance they may be thought to resemble a row of towers. A chair lift makes this superb viewpoint accessible to anybody, though only climbers can enjoy some of the attractions. Right beside the Cinque Torre, some World War 1 trenches, shelters and gun positions have been well restored and you can walk around these safely, reliving those times with the help of information boards which carry photographs, explanatory text and maps.


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