Cortina d'Ampezzo Travel Guide

  • Cortina d'Ampezzo
    Cortina d'Ampezzo
    by balhannah
  • Cortina d'Ampezzo
    by balhannah
  • Cortina d'Ampezzo
    by balhannah

Cortina d'Ampezzo Things to Do


    A walk around the old Town area was quite interesting. I found some lovely old frescoed buildings and others with beautifully painted designs, some with turrets. What I did find and like, was the Horse-man [photo 1], but I can't remember who he is!There were lots of Cafes and Restaurants situated in a long street, so we stopped at one for lunch.It...


    The church of St. Filippo & Giacomo is the parish Church, built between 1769 and 1775.On the outside, I didn't think it anything special, just a plain surface, with statues of Saints Filippo and Giacomo, who is the minor patron of Cortina d’Ampezzo.Inside was different, it was really beautiful and worth seeing. It had a beautifully painted ceiling,...


    The bell tower, there is no way you can miss it, even when coming down the Mountain, we could easily see the tall Tower.This Tower is not the original built in 1590, but the new one that was built in 1852. The Tower is 69.50 metres high, and was finally finished in 1858 for the Bells to be rung on Christmas Eve.


    Inside the Church, there was more than one Altar, in fact, there were many! They were lovely!The main altar had two statues of the Saints Pietro and Paolo, made out of decorated wood and stucco, then I found another Altar of false marble and an altar-piece representing “St. Giuseppe with Child,” with relics of St. Liberale underneath.The left Altar...


    Coming from a "warmer" area of the World, we were quite excited to see an Olympic ski jump!The height was impressive, the jump was impressive, definitely not for me! I always enjoy watching the Olympics and the ski- jumpers, and always think they are brave, now I have seen it in "real life," I think they are extra brave!The 1956 Winter Olympics,...


    If you want some beautiful views of Cortina d'Ampezzo, then head up Route SR48.From this road, we had the most beautiful views of Cortina located in the very green Valley and the surrounding mountains, it was postcard perfect.Only a short drive to be high enough to see the view!


    At the Falzarego Pass, we pulled in to have a look at the Chapel and to do the Cable Car ride.The Cable car took us to the summit of Lagazuoi (2.762m), and is another ride without any posts, so if you are squeamish, don't do it! I hope you can, as the views are spectacular, and you can go hiking to see the bunkers and more from the Dolomite...


    At Falzarego Pass, near our car parking lot, is a beautiful, well looked after Mountain Chapel.It looks so pretty, sitting on some very rocky ground, and with the Dolomites surrounding it.I went inside and was quite surprised at how nice it was, it even had a beautiful painting and fresh flowers!


    We have reached the summit of Mount Lagazuoi and are now enjoying the 360° views of the surrounding Mountains.This time, there is sign posts pointing to the peaks we are seeing, some are Croda da Lago and Pelmo, there are a lot that I can't remember!The view is FANTASTIC!We didn't stop at the Restaurant, but there is one there if you want a meal or...


    Located just 16kms from Cortina d'Ampesso is the Falzarego Pass.The Falzarego Pass is one of the Dolomites mountain passes, riders cross in the annual "Maratona dles Dolomites" single-day bicycle race. It is worth the drive, as located here, is a gondola ride to Lagazuoi (2762 m.).It's also where heavy combat took place in World War I. The tunnel...

  • skiing of course

    The skiing in Cortina d'ampezzo is some of the best to be had in Italy. From Cristallo or Tofano,theres plenty to keep you busy. The snow is generally good through the season and is backed up by hundreds of snow making machines(just in case).

  • The Dolomite Mountains surrounding...

    The Dolomite Mountains surrounding Cortina are of various shapes and sizes, and it is possible to take day trips/tours from Cortina out to explore these mountains. To fully appreciate these mountains, you can visit the webcam page of Cortina stated below, which I found nice to visit every now and then :) At this website, there are webcams located...


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Cortina d'Ampezzo Restaurants

  • A very good dinner

    Ristorante 5 Torri is a very good restaurant located in the pedestrian area of Cortina. Here you can taste Italian dishes with a touch of local fantasy. The service is very good and fast. In the Ristorante 5 Torri you can taste Italian and South-Tirol cousine. I can suggest to taste the following dishes. As starter I suggest to taste Gnocchi...

  • Locals go here

    This place is in Vodo Di Cadore which is down the road from Cortina. We wanted to get away from the tourists, and eat some local food. This place was right on the mark, featuring a varied menu, friendly family staff, clean dining room, clean restrooms, good parking across the street, and the food was what we were looking for. I had grilled rabbit,...

  • Local Ristorante for locals

    Don't let the pizzeria title fool you, this is a place where locals go because they know it is prepared exceptionally well.This place is down the road from Cortina, in Vodo Di Cadore. You can expect the prices to be a lot less than in Cortina.This is a family run restaurant, and the menu has many different choices, it is not limited. There is a...

  • All Resaurants in Cortina

    All The Restauants in the Cotina Area are good but Cortina is close to the borders of the country and seem to have a German acsent on the Food , even in the best they have to offer, this to me is not true Italian food like you can get in other parts of the country...not a bad thing just thought is was worth a mention ******

  • Goulash

    Ristorante Pontegel is one of those little places that you rarely find. Full to the brim every night of the week, this restaurant has everything. Charming staff and great food. The house specialities include cervo(venison), goulash and rabbit. Thoroughly recommend it but book in advance. The goulash is marvellous. Just what you want in the...

  • in the clouds

    Way out of town( half hour up hill all the way)is this wonderful restaurant with no menu.What is fresh thast day is what you get. A family run business, a lot of thought has gone into presentation. If you visit in winter, make sure your car(or taxi)is petrol driven. Less chance of freezing. When we were last there, the taxi driver was 1 degree away...


Cortina d'Ampezzo Transportation

  • Venice to Cortina (by train and bus)

    Besides the direct route via the AVTO buses (see my transportation tip), another way to go from Venice to Cortina d'Ampezzo is to take the Trenitalia train from Venice to Calalzo Di Cadore (once a day, leaving Venezia St Lucia station at about 7.55am). You will reach Calalzo Di Cadore at about 11am, then proceed to take the Dolomitibus just outside...

  • Venice to Cortina (direct by ATVO buses)

    If you want to take a direct bus from Venice to Cortina d'Ampezzo, you can try the once daily AVTO buses in the website indicated below. The bus ticket from Venice to Cortina is $10.80 euros one way, and this price will decrease if you take the bus from nearer towns such as Treviso. The timetable, price, days of operation etc are all stated in the...

  • Walking around the town of Cortina

    Cortina d'Ampezzo is a very easy and safe town to walk around. In fact, this is the best way to appreciate the alpine buildings and expensive resorts which make up this touristy town, as well as the many ranges of Dolomite mountains surrounding the town in a 360 degress panorama. You can visit the 2 websites below for more...


Cortina d'Ampezzo Local Customs

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    Mountain Chapel

    by croisbeauty Updated Jun 1, 2004

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    This small chapel of exceptional beauty stands at the top of the Passo Falzarego, just opposite to the Funivia Lagazuoi. The altitude here is over 2.200 meters and it is the highest peak I have ever visited in whole my life. Although I was a bit scared the beauty around have left me breathless.

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Cortina d'Ampezzo Warnings and Dangers

  • Weather at Cortina d'Ampezzo

    The weather at Cortina d' Ampezzo is very unpredictable, mainly because it is surrounded by the Dolomite mountains on all sides, which tend to trap rain clouds especially during summer. When I was there during June 2007, the weather changed from good to rainy very quickly, then the rain stopped and started again and again. Also, the mountains...

  • The Close Season

    Although September is a warm and often sunny month it is the time when Cortina closes down. Apart from Lagazuoi all the cable cars are closed as are the majority of rifugios up in the hills and many of the hotels in the town. The winter season is the big money maker and the locals are either geting ready for that or taking a well earned break after...

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Cortina d'Ampezzo Off The Beaten Path

  • Statue

    I saw this statue at a small garden at Cortina d'Ampezzo next to a river. As it was raining during that time, I actually took the photo quickly and move on. Any VT members know more about this statue? If so, perhaps you can give me more information :)

  • La Villa (Alta Badia)

    La Villa is one of the best ski-resorts in the Alta Badia region, which is situated north of Cortina d'Ampezzo. The nature in the surroundings of the place is just beautiful. I would like to revisit this place in the early autumn because it must be of stunning beauty coloured by the rich autumn colours.There are marked walking paths all around the...

  • Valle di Cadore

    The vast area of Cadore is situated in Dolomites, from the Marmarole to the Pelmo to the Cridola. It is rich with nature , culture and art. The capital of Cadore is Pieve di Cadore whwre in 1477 the great maestro of Renaissance, Tiziano Vecellio was born and you can still visit the house.In the area of Oltrepiave there is Vigo di Cadore, with its...


Cortina d'Ampezzo Sports & Outdoors

  • The Lavaredo Ultra Trail

    The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail is a trail race in June in Cortina d'Ampezzo. The long race is 120km long with 5850m+ climbing through the Dolomites and there is a shorter race called the Cortina Trail that is 47km with 2650m+ of climbing. The race is one of, if not the most beautiful trail races in the Ultra Trail World tour. Trail running...

  • Pocol

    The ski resort of Pocol is situated in between Cinque Torre and Falzarego. Along with resorts of Mietres and Socepres it is an area specifically for novices. However, I don't like snow and have never tried skiing, maybe in some other life.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Cortina d'Ampezzo General

  • Colourful flowers

    If you are at Cortina d'Ampezzo during summer, you will be able to see the various colourful flowers in full bloom. This is one of my fondest memories of visiting this famous alpine town in Italy :)

  • Expensive Cortina

    Cortina d'Ampezzo is an expensive town to stay, so you have to be mentally prepared. This is because it is one of the best skiing towns in Europe, having hosted the Winter Olympics before. Also, book your accomodation and transportation early to avoid disappointment especially during the crowded winter...

  • Scenery along journey from Venice to...

    One of my fondest memories is the beautiful scenery during the train journey from Venice to Calalzo Di Cadore (please visit my VT Calalzo page) followed by the 1 hour bus journey from Calalzo Di Cadore to Cortina d'Ampezzo. You will start in the sea lagoons and flat land of Venice and the Veneto plains, then slowly work your way up to green hills,...


Top 5 Skiiing Destinations: Cortina d'Ampezzo

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Few destinations can say they are both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a former Olympic host city, but high in the Dolomite Alps, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, earns this rare distinction. While serious skiers will be thrilled to stay on the Dolomiti Superski, the circuit of resorts in the Dolomites, there are plenty of activities for non-skiers. In the summer, Cortina has become quite the mountain biking mecca, and they continue this in the winter with the K-Track, a special kit that can transform any mountain bike into a snowbike. Cortina has multiple schools that teach novices how to "snowkite,"or use the K-track, during their visit. In tradition with most Italian destinations, there is also tons of culture to experience in Cortina. In December, visitors can experience the city's traditional European Christmas Market, fully equipped with mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and old-fashioned sweets. In January, the city hosts the Nordic Skiing World Cup and the Women's Alpine Ski World Cup, as well as Ice Art, the International Festival of Snow Sculpture, where artists transform huge blocks of ice into sculptures along Corso Italia.

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