Holidays in Cortina D'Ampezzo information and advice on what to do, what to see and ski resorts.
- Cortina holidays advice
- Cortina D'Ampezzo what to see
- Basilica of Saints Philip and Giacomo Cortina
- Forte Tre Sassi Cortina
- Zanna Cortina Castle
- Cortina D'Ampezzo museums
- Cortina D'Ampezzo excursions
- Cortina advice on how to get there
- Cortina d'Ampezzo ski facilities, ski slopes and shelters
- Cortina d'Ampezzo the most beautiful slopes
- Slopes from the Cortina-Ra Valles Freccia nel Cielo cable car
- Slopes from the Rumerlo-Tofana-Pomedes chairlift complex
- Slopes from the Cortina-Col Drusciè Freccia nel Cielo cable car and from the Colfiere-Col Drusciè chairlift
- Slope from the Piemerlo chairlift
- Slopes from the Cortina-Faloria cable car complex, Vitelli chairlift and from the Tondi ski lift
- Slopes from the Pian de ra Bigontina ski lift
- Slopes from the Son Forca-Forcella Staunies chairlift
- Slopes from the Son Forca-Padeon chairlift
- Slopes from the Guargnè-Col Tondo-Mietres chairlift
- Slope from the Pierosà ski lift
- Slope from the Val Grande cable car:
- Slopes from the Falzarego-Lagazuoi cable car
- Slopes of the Cinque Torri-Averau complex:
- Slope from the Pocol ski lift
- Slopes from the Olympia chairlift
- Cortina cross-country ski trails
- Piste per lo Snowboard
- Cortina events
- Cortina typical dishes and gastronomy
- Cortina D'Ampezzo restaurants
- Typical Ampezzo cuisine and typical dishes
- What to do in the evening in Cortina
- Cortina d'Ampezzo pictures and photos
Cortina holidays advice
Cortina d'Ampezzo is a town of about 7.000 inhabitants in the province of Bellunoin Veneto and is a renowned and exclusive winter tourist resort which hosts numerous every year sport events of international importance.
Also known as The Pearl of the Dolomites, Cortina D'Ampezzo is located in the high Boite Valley and it is a popular destination even during the summer as in addition to the beautiful landscapes it offers many attractions for both adults and children.
Cortina D'Ampezzo what to see
A Cortina d'Ampezzo and in the immediate vicinity there are many things to see such as the beautiful Old Town which is a real jewel rich in historical and religious architecture.
Let's see which are the major ones places of interest in Cortina D'Amperzzo:
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Basilica of Saints Philip and Giacomo Cortina
La Minor Basilica of Saints Philip and James is the largest place of worship in the city and was built between 1769 and 1775 on the ruins of 2 previous churches dating from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century.
La church it is located in the center of the promenade and the main street of shopping a Cortina and houses unique works by Austrian, Spanish and Tyrolean artists.
Forte Tre Sassi Cortina
Fort of Austro-Hungarian construction, Forte Tre Sassi was part of the large complex of Austrian fortifications on the Italian border and was built starting from 1897 at the Valparola Pass.
During the bombings of 1915 the fortress was rendered unusable and, currently, thanks to the restoration obtained by the Regole D'Ampezzo and by the Lacedelli family who own it, it houses the beautiful Great War Museum within which they are stored weapons were found unique in the world.
Zanna Cortina Castle
A very small fortress located in Minel, the Castello di Zanna was built at the behest of Zamaria Zanna during the 600s.
The castle in 1809, still unfinished, was set on fire by the French revolutionary troops that had invaded Cortina and today it is quite dilapidated with low and white perimeter walls and two candid corner turrets in the center of which, instead of the main facade, a chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
What to eat in Cortina
More things to see in Cortina D'Ampezzo sono:
- Military Memorial of Pocol
- Botestagno Castle
- Chapel of the Holy Trinity
- Chapel of the Blessed Virgin of Lourdes
- Church of San Nicolò, San Biagio and Sant'Antonio Abate
Cortina D'Ampezzo museums
In addition to being a large tourist and naturalistic center, Cortina it has recently taken on an important cultural character: in fact, numerous museums (albeit small ones) have been opened, and every year exhibitions and meetings are held with great personalities from cinema, politics and journalism.
The building used for the three major permanent exhibitions is the Ciasa by ra Regoles: inside we find the Paleontological Museum "Rinaldo Zardini", a collection of hundreds of fossils of every color, shape and size, found, collected and cataloged by the Cortinese photographer Rinaldo Zardini, passionate about paleontology.
All the fossils present were found by him on Ampezzo Dolomites and were part of his immense collection (which numbered more than a million specimens).
Finally, on the top floor there is the "Mario Rimoldi" Museum of Modern Art, where 300 works by the major Italian painters of the twentieth century are preserved: Campigli, De Chirico, De Pisis, Sironi, Guttuso, Morandi, Music, Savinio, Tomea and many others.
Under the very famous Five Towers a "open-air museum"Dedicated entirely to World War I, which, as has already been said, around Cortina it was fought quite violently.
Numerous reconstructed trenches are currently open to the public as they must have appeared to the Italian and Austrian militias between 1915 and 1918.
Cortina D'Ampezzo excursions
Le the most beautiful excursions to do in Cortina D'Ampezzo are those:
- At the 5 Torri
- To Lake Misurina
- To Monte Cristallo
Cortina advice on how to get there
Cortina is located in the center of the Ampezzo Valley, and is positioned between the Cadore and Val Pusteria.
It is surrounded by 360 degrees The Dolomites, giving the valley a unique beauty in the world.
The town can be reached by means of the SS51 byGermany, which from the highway A27 comes up to dobbiacoin Val Pusteria (province of Bolzano).
Cortina d'Ampezzo ski facilities, ski slopes and shelters
The fame of Cortina d'Ampezzo it is due to the unique and bewitching charm of its snow-capped mountains and magnificent ski slopes.
All theAmpezzo it is in turn one of the most important and well-known components of the great Dolomiti Superski area, the greater ski carousel the world.
- ski resorts they are modern and fully meet the needs of an international public, the ski area includes a hub of over 100 kilometers of slopes, with more than eighty different runs at all difficulty levels, from beginners to the most difficult.
Le downhill slopes there are currently about eighty, of which gave 2 (for beginners), 39 blue (low or medium-low difficulty), 30 rosse (medium or medium-high difficulty), 7 black (high or very high difficulty).
On the top of the mountains and at the end of the ski lifts are generally the so-called shelters, more or less large refreshment places where skiers can warm up while enjoying the dishes of the Ampezzo gastronomy.
Cortina d'Ampezzo the most beautiful slopes
As already mentioned Cortina is full of slopes and ski facilities let's see what they are, here is a list:
Slopes from Cortina-Ra Valles Freccia nel Cielo cable car
- Pian Ra Valleys
- Bus Tofana
- Red Fork
Slopes from the Rumerlo-Tofana-Pomedes chairlift complex
- Col Drusciè A
- Col Drusciè B
Slopes from the Cortina-Col Drusciè Freccia nel Cielo cable car and from the Colfiere-Col Drusciè chairlift
- Canalone Tofana
- Canalone Cacciatori
Slope from the Piemerlo chairlift
Slopes from the Cortina-Faloria cable car complex, Vitelli chairlift and from the Tondi ski lift
- Tondi of Faloria
- Canalone Franchetti
- Vitelli Run
- Sci 18
- Faloria normale
Slopes from the Pian de ra Bigontina ski lift
- Normal Faloria 1st section
- Calves 2nd section.
Slopes from the Son Forca-Forcella Staunies chairlift
- Canalone Staunies-Padeon
- Canalone Staunies-Son Forca.
Slopes from the Son Forca-Padeon chairlift
- Son Forca-Rio Gere
- White Crests
- Son Forca
Slopes from the Guargnè-Col Tondo-Mietres chairlift
- Col Tondo
- Guargnè (in the afternoon used as a bobsled path).
Slope from the Pierosà ski lift
Slope from the Val Grande cable car:
- Val Grande-Staunies (Staunies is often closed due to its danger: various skiers have lost their lives there over the years).
Slopes from the Falzarego-Lagazuoi cable car
- Lagazuoi-Forcella Col Dei Bo
Slopes of the Cinque Torri-Averau complex:
- Five Torr
- Averau fork.
Slope from the Pocol ski lift
Slopes from the Olympia chairlift
- Olympia Nord
- Pocol meadows
Cortina cross-country ski trails
For a total of 58 km, with trails of all levels of difficulty, cross-country skiing is practicable mainly on the track that reaches from Passo Tre Croci, passing through Fiames, to Dobbiaco along the old railway.
Piste per lo Snowboard
In faloria a small but functional has recently been opened Snowpark for all snowboard lovers, located in the final part of the Franchetti gully, where there is a half-pipe of medium difficulty 100 m long. ca., a table jump of 10 m. ca., and a large area dedicated to rails.
They are celebrated every year musical events, cultural e folk (especially during the summer), which often turn into effective tourist attractions.
From the beginning of July until the first days of August, rural festivals are held (one every weekend), organized by the different districts of the town, during which a dinner based on typical products and dishes.
On the evening of each August 14, however, on the eve of August XNUMXth and the Assumption into heaven of the Virgin Mary, large bonfires are lit throughout the valley.
Another important appointment with the Ampezzo traditions (which generally marks the end of the summer tourist season) is held during the last week of August: it is the Fèŝta de ra Bandes ("Festival of the Bands").
In the village the village bands of the Alpine communities of Veneto, Friuli and Tyrol gather, who parade along Course Spain crossing in full Cortina (often accompanied by typical ox-drawn carts).
The culmination of the celebration is held on the last Sunday of the month, when at the Shell a stage is set up to host the concerts of the village and military bands.
The peculiarity of the party is that the participants (as well as most of the Cortinesi) go down to the village dressed in traditional clothes.
In the evening the visitors are offered local gastronomic specialties and the inevitable burnt wine.
Finally, during the first days of September, the Gold Cup of the Dolomites, an automobile competition between vintage car.
Cortina typical dishes and gastronomy
La Ampezzo cuisine it is largely there Tyrolean cuisine, reflecting the strong bonds between Cortina andWestern Austria; therefore many typical dishes from Cortina they still bear the original German names today.
However, they are all traditional folk dishes, generally poor, but rich in flavor and tradition.
The two most famous first courses are certainly the dumplings (Ampezzo variant of Tyrolean knödel), balls of breadcrumbs stuffed with speck, spinach, lard or cheese and served in hot broth or melted butter, and casunziei, triangular ravioli stuffed with beetroot or potato, dressed with melted butter and poppy seeds.
From the Venetian tradition, on the other hand, Cortina has inherited the polenta and laughed and bise (also known as rice and peas), flanked by bean soup (also called faariesa) or di barley; from that Habsburg the Goulash soup, a specialty originally from Hungary, consisting of a spiced meat soup.
Among the dishes we mention the roast with mushrooms (which grow abundantly in the undergrowth surrounding the valley), pork ribs and a large number of cured meats and sausages; among the side dishes the best known are the famous Ampezzo potatoes.
The apple pie (in German apfelstrudel), le fartaies and the ricotta pie, finally, are exquisite desserts, as are the krapfen (with cream or jam) and the sacher cake, both typical Austrian sweets.
For those who want to know other ski resorts where they can spend their holidays in the snow, read the GUIDE TO THE SKI RESORTS OF ITALY DIVIDED BY REGIONS.
Cortina D'Ampezzo restaurants
To find out about the best restaurants and shelters where you can enjoy Ampezzo cuisine, consult Cortina where you can eat well and spend little.
Typical Ampezzo cuisine and typical dishes
To learn about the best typical dishes, desserts and wines from the Ampezzo region, see What to eat in Cortina.
What to do in the evening in Cortina
For all the information on the best places to have an aperitif, lounge bars and discos, consult Cortina discos and nightclubs.
Cortina d'Ampezzo pictures and photos