Cortina d'Ampezzo

Ski Resort in Italy

Introduction

Cortina d'Ampezzo, known as the Queen of the Dolomites and the Mecca of the Italian clebrity is the premier Italian ski resort. Situated on the Boite river, in an alpine valley, it is a popular winter sport resort known for its skiing trails, scenery, accommodation, shops and après-ski scene, and for its jet set and aristocratic European crowd.

There is some of the most awesome scenery anywhere in the ski world, with great ambience in a classically Italian context, with shops, cafés, restaurants and hotels to rival the very best. Cortina is also a genuinely pretty town, with lots of activities for non-skiers. This is a very different style of resort than most of the Dolomites that are heavily influenced by their previous owners, the Austrian/Hungarians. Cortina is pure Italian style. Many Italians don't even go there to ski. It is a place to parade, shop, and most importantly to lunch. Lunch here is a serious event and the slopes are empty after 2pm. Many of the Mountain restaurants can be reached by road so the fur coat brigade get there early and while away the day sunbathing and cruising their phones.
Boasting 120 kilometres of runs across multiple mountains, the Ampezzo area is a “dream come true” for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Thanks to its picturesque location in the Italian southern Alps, the area is bathed in sunshine throughout the year, with eight days out of ten offering up blue skies. And just in case the white stuff is in short supply – 95% of the trails can be artificially prepared if required. As a result, perfect conditions are pretty much guaranteed.

The Ampezzo region encompasses 3 ski areas: Faloria – Cristallo – Mietres, Tofana and Lagazuoi – 5 Torri. Faloria – Cristallo – Mietres offers a total of 24 runs, five of which are black-rated, eleven red and eight blue. The chairlift Forcella Staunies carries skiers up to a respectable altitude of 2,930 meters and rewards visitors with incredible views over the Ampezzo valley. The gentle slopes in Mietres are an ideal stomping ground for families with children.

In Tofana, most runs are blue or green rated (very simple), though the Tofana Express chairlift also links to more challenging runs, such as the famous Canalone. On the Olympia ski tour you can follow in the footsteps of the 1956 Olympians. In Lagazuoi, expert skiers will look in vain for a black-marked run, as all the slopes here are relatively straightforward blue or red-marked affairs. As a result, this area is best suited for anyone looking to practice their skiing in peace or anyone who values the virtues of laid-back carving.

Freestyle fans will find everything they need to have some fun in the Cortina terrain park. The park is 500 meters in length and boasts its own 4-person chairlift as well as two different zones: The easy line is designed with young and inexperienced freestyle skiers in mind, and offers up four jumps, a box and a ground rail. If you already have some experience under your belt, then head over to the medium line with a super box kink, a T-box, a pipe, bonk-wall and a tree bonk.

Cortina d’Ampezzo is also part of the world’s largest ski region – Dolomiti Superski. This region encompasses a total of twelve Italian ski areas boasting a whopping 1,220 kilometres of runs and 450 lifts.

Cortina’s reputation for everything else first, and skiing second may have as much to do with relaxed Italian attitudes to skiing than the quality of what’s on offer: when they come on holiday Italians want good food, plenty of socialising, sunbathing and some great skiing too. For ski-obsessed north Europeans it leaves early morning, lunchtime and late afternoon slopes practically deserted for much of the season.

Down in Cortina’s pedestrian town centre there’s no question you’re in Italy. There’s more fur on the strolling holidaymakers than there is on the local wildlife, while cafes and wine bars rather than rowdy après-ski bars do brisk business. Wherever you go you find quality, and though there are ample opportunities to spend your money, there’s good value here too, across the board.

Cortina d'Ampezzo info card

Resort Altitude1224m
Highest Lift3248m
Total Piste140km
Longest Run9km
Directions of SlopesE, W
Uphill Capacity60000
Total Lifts47
Gondolas/Cable cars5
Chairlifts29
Drag Lifts13


Cortina Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The Cortina ski and Snowboard terrain is one of massive contrasts. Essentially broken up into three main ski areas and several minor ones, it wears many different masks (been to Venice anyone?). The three main areas are Tofana (access at the bottom of town - huge and brooding with some classic lines and tree skiing, plus great beginner terrain above Socrepes), Faloria (access via the centre of town - less vertical, but great north facing piste terrain and still visually stunning) and Falzarego/Cinque Torri (a bit of everything, just go looking). All are linked via buses.

Unlike some of the Dolomites ski areas, Cortina has not invested in many new lifts in recent times, but as they say, if it isn’t broken – don’t fix it. Slower lift journeys allow one to soak up the gorgeous surroundings.

Whilst there are many 'must dos' at Cortina, one of the best is the Armentarola trail from the top of the Lagazuoi (2800m) down into Alta Badia near San Cassiano (1550m). Ski past huge frozen waterfalls and then get towed by horses for the last few kilometres. Sensational!


Cortina d'Ampezzo Beginner Skiing

Cortina has excellent beginner runs at Socrepes. Moreover, the breathtaking mountains, wonderful refuges and classy town compensate for sweat and bruises.

There are excellent beginner runs at Socrepes, at reasonable altitude and lots of them, along with great slopes to progress to. Whether first-timers will enjoy getting on a bus to ski, or cope with the exuberant high speed Italian antics of other skiers is another question, but other aspects of the experience - the breathtaking mountains, wonderful refuges and classy town - should be sufficiently inspiring to make this a great first trip on skis.


Cortina d'Ampezzo Intermediate Skiing

Cortina could be heaven for intermediates: there’s no corner you can’t discover enjoyably, although the four different ski areas are fragmented.

Cortina could be heaven for the vast majority of skiers. With few terrors to lose sleep over and appropriate terrain spread evenly throughout all the individual ski areas, there's no corner you can't discover enjoyably. With the exception of Staunies (just one run, out on a limb) and possibly the Forcella Rossa (which you will want to brave to link two areas), there's nowhere you can't go. That's particularly useful in Cortina, both to experience the variety of view and terrain and to provide the mileage for the week.

Highlights for this ski level are too numerous to mention. Don't be put off by the credentials of the Olimpia, where the Women's World Cup downhill race takes place every year, flying past a huge outcrop of rock whose massive vertical face overshadows a steep section of the course. Equally, the long excursion to Armentarola should be on your list for a fine day.

The one drawback of Cortina for serious piste-bashers is that the areas are fragmented but the relative lack of vertical common to much of the Dolomites is not a real problem here, and there are notable long descents, such as the 1600m from Tofana back to town. The Dolomiti Superski pass is likely to appeal to adventurous intermediates too - not just Cortina and adjacent areas are covered, but all 1200km of piste in the Dolomites, much of it easily reached by car for the day.


Cortina d'Ampezzo Advanced Skiing

Challenging ski terrain is not Cortina's strongest suit, but there are a number of good blacks, some hidden off-piste to get the juices flowing as well as wonderful - and luxurious - ski touring.

Being Italy, the grooming and snow-making tends to be excellent and the lack of overcrowding allows many of the rolling, twisting red runs to be taken at exhilarating speed. There are also several black runs of note: the Canalone Staunies, the steepest piste in the Dolomites, between tight, imposing rock walls; a couple above Faloria; and three more on Tofana, including the classic Forcella Rossa.

Off-piste there are opportunities too, though they're not obvious, with little of interest between the piste and some of the best stuff hidden in steep couloirs. Local guides will take you down the Creste Bianche, Bus Tofana, Canalino del Prete and Sci 18. The website www.dolomiti.org has excellent pages detailing some of the many possibilities, with pictures and maps.

Maybe the highlight, if you're willing to sweat a bit, is to ski tour, based at the refuge at Fanes. More like a four star hotel than a mountain hut, there are en suite rooms available as well as dorms, beautiful facilities and wonderful dining with oodles of atmosphere, history and natural beauty.


Cortina d'Ampezzo Boarding & Freestyle

Cortina’s limited off-piste and good grooming make it a good place for carvers rather than free riders. There is also a terrain park at Faloria.

The pisted terrain is mostly as good to board as to ski, with generally few flats although some link-runs are bad news. Limited off piste and good grooming make this a place for carvers. The lift system still includes significant numbers of older 2-seater chairlifts, which may cause difficulty for some snowboarders, but mostly Cortina’s ski lifts are adequate.

Cortina’s 500m long snowpark at Faloria, reached by a 4-seater chairlift from Socrepes, includes an easy line for children and beginners with four kickers of varying length from 1-6 metres, ground-level box and rail. More experienced boarders and freestylers can ride the medium line with super box kink 4 metres flat and 4 metres descent, t box and tube rail (3 metres each), bank bins, wall ride 3x2, tree bank with rail, kicker and fun box 8-10 metres. Helmets are compulsory.


Cortina d'Ampezzo Snow & Weather

Cortina has suffered a little from Mother Nature’s fickle temperament, but like everywhere in the Dolomites, has invested heavily in snow-making to make up for any natural shortfalls at the start of recent seasons.  Even the steepest piste runs ar e covered by superb snow-making. On the plus side, Cortina (and the Dolomites in general) will get snow from storm directions when other areas will not. When in the Dolomites, if it is not snowing, then at least it will be sunny to enjoy the gob-smacking panoramas and outdoor dining.

Transportation - Get In

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.

Transportation - Get Around

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.

Accommodation & Hotels

Cortina d’Ampezzo has over 50 hotel properties including two luxury five star hotels, a wide selection of four star and three star hotels as well as a handful of two star hotels and a selection of family-run bed and breakfast properties on the outskirts of the town..

On reaching Cortina, the SS51 main road runs anti-clockwise one-way and forms a rectangular boundary around the pedestrianized town centre, with Corso Italia - the main street for shopping and promenading - running through the centre. When deciding where to stay, bear in mind that many of Cortina's bars and restaurants close by 10pm so it's not a place for partying late and some of the best hotels in each category with magnificent panoramic views are located on the outskirts of the town.

The Hotel Cristallo and the Grand Hotel Savoia are Cortina's 5-star hotels, but there are plenty of good 4-star hotels, smaller 3-star hotels and a handful of 2-star hotels. Comfortable, spacious and right in the centre of town, the 4-star Hotel Alaska is one of the most usefully located of Cortina's four star hotels. Many 3-star hotels and most 2-star hotels fall into the 'meuble' bracket. Farther out, family-run B&B's give you home cooking and a cosier experience.

Out of high season, consider an outlying place if you plan to visit with a car - that way you overcome bus constraints and you won't find traffic and parking a problem round town - and book early to avoid disappointment, especially if planning a ski holiday in Cortina during the Italian holidays. In each of Cortina's 4-star and 3-star hotel categories, the upper and lower ends of each category are far apart.


The Cristallo Hotel is LOCATED in the attractive landscape of the ITALIAN DOLOMITES, Unesco World Heritage, at only 1,5 hours driving distance from Venice. Cortina d Ampezzo is renowned for its beautiful landscapes, countless sports events and activities and its lively atmosphere. The Hotel is set on a top of a sunny hill overlooking the valley offering to its guests a PANORAMIC and breathtaking view. The Hotel offers a variety of ambiances to enjoy Italian, refined and local cuisine. The restaurant LA VERANDA DEL CRISTALLO exalt the traditional flavours of the Italian cuisine. The charming GAZEBO is a -Glass venue- where diners enjoy an elegant setting while tasting refined delicacies. IL CANTUCCIO CHEF S PRIVATE TABLE is the perfect place for tastings and exclusive dinners. The STUBE 1872 is dedicated to the traditional local food and wine. The CRISTALLO ULTIMATE SPA offers two high qualified beauty and fitness centres for relaxation and restoring physical wellbeing: the TRANSVITAL SWISS BEAUTY CENTER which revolve around the products of Transvital, a Swiss company and world leader in beauty treatments for mature skin and the FITWELL CLUB, an ultra-luxurious fitness club which offers the latest-generation Technogym equipment. The WET AREA icludes a Thermarium, a solarium plein air and a PANORAMIC INDOOR SWIMMING POOL facing the mountains. Guests can also make use of an innovative centre totally dedicated to hair - the ALDO COPPOLA BY ATELIER. The Cristallo is also a FAMILY and ROMANTIC RESORT, with a whole host of services dedicated to children and a fascinating series of services to accompany you before, during and after the wedding. Exclusive the partnership with the Cortina GOLF CLUB, offering all golf-loving guests admission to the club, generally reserved for partners. Choosing the Hotel for relaxation, for a family holiday, for its amazing natural setting means entering a world of discreet and refined luxury.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests think this is a perfect airport hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Great view
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
  • CRISTALLO, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT & SPA SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 5% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


Featuring a garden and free Wi-Fi access throughout, Baita Fraina offers rooms 3 km from Cortina d'Ampezzo city centre, where the ski lifts are. Free ski storage is available.With a balcony with mountain views, each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a safety deposit box. The private bathroom comes with a bath or shower, bidet and hairdryer.A continental breakfast buffet is served daily in the breakfast room, including freshly brewed coffee or cappuccino, sweet pastries, cold cuts and cheeses. The à la carte restaurant serves regional food.A wellness area with a sauna and hot tub is available on request. The property is well placed for snowshoeing, hiking and mountain biking.San Candido is a 45-minute drive from Baita Fraina, while Belluno is 65 km away.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Very quiet
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
  • BAITA FRAINA SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 90. Guests highly recommend it because of its location, rooms and food.


Property Location: With a stay at Rosapetra Spa Resort in Cortina d'Ampezzo, you'll be in the mountains and minutes from Scuola Sci Dolomiti Cortina and Lake Pianozes. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Golf Club Cortina and Ossuary of Pocol.

Rooms: Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 29 guestrooms, featuring private pools and flat-screen televisions. Your Select Comfort bed comes with down comforters, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and ski storage.

Dining: Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, where you can take in a garden view, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Beautiful architecture
    • Stylish hotel
    • AC needs updating
    • Nice building
  • ROSAPETRA SPA RESORT SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 3% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, wellness & sports facilities and food.


Property Location: Located in Cortina d'Ampezzo (Cortina d'Ampezzo Historic Centre), Savoia Palace is minutes from Cortina – Mandres - Faloria and Faloria Cable Car. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum and Ski Lift Faloria.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 45 guestrooms, featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and dishwashers. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and flat-screen televisions are provided for your entertainment. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After a day on the slopes, you can enjoy recreational amenities such as an indoor pool and a sauna. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access and ski storage.

Dining: Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, luggage storage, and laundry facilities.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Wifi quality could be improved
    • Affordable parking
    • Good kitchenette
    • Wonderful housekeeping
  • SAVOIA PALACE SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 90, this hotel is one of the top 10% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.


Property Location: With a stay at Hotel de la Poste, you'll be centrally located in Cortina d'Ampezzo, steps from Parish Church of Cortina and Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Ski Lift Faloria and Faloria Cable Car.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 68 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Make use of convenient amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage. You'll be on the slopes in no time with the complimentary ski shuttle.

Dining: Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a safe deposit box at the front desk, and an elevator (lift). Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Rooms in need of an update
    • Friendly service
    • Spacious rooms
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • HOTEL DE LA POSTE SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 89. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and food.


Driving on the SS51 Alemagna road from Belluno to Cortina dAmpezzo you will find, in Riva, just a few minutes from the centre of Cortina. The hotel has 16 double rooms and 7 suites, all furnished in wood in typical Ampezzo style. All rooms have best comforts including wide windows and balconies to admire the splendid view of Dolomitis. Characteristic restaurant with a delicious cuisine. Hotel Lajadira is an elegant and stylish building set in the incredible scenery of this unique valley. A top class staff works all day to make guests feeling at home in a family atmosphere with the comforts of a four star hotel. The new management and the new staff welcome their guests kindly and professionally offering them: a ski-room, a wide car park, a garage and sauna. New Year's dinner Optional payable locally, for the treatment of BB 150 for the treatment of HB 100.00 per person.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Friendly service
    • Great view
    • Great reception
  • HOTEL LAJADIRA & SPA SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 87. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, wellness & sports facilities and breakfast.


Property Location: Located in Cortina d'Ampezzo (Cortina d'Ampezzo Historic Centre), Hotel Ambra is minutes from Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum and Parish Church of Cortina. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Ski Lift Faloria and Faloria Cable Car.

Rooms: Stay in one of 24 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Amenities: Take in the views from a terrace and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.

Dining: Take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests think this is a perfect airport hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Rooms could be larger
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Nice building
    • Friendly service
  • AMBRA CORTINA LUXURY&FASHION HOTEL SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 86. Guests recommend it because of its location, service and Vibe.


Property Location: Located in Cortina d'Ampezzo (Cortina d'Ampezzo Historic Centre), Hotel Bellevue Suites & SPA is minutes from a.s.d. Snowdreamers Cortina and Parish Church of Cortina. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Ethnographic Museum Regole d'Ampezzo and Olympic Ice Stadium.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 66 guestrooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After a day on the slopes, you can enjoy recreational amenities such as a steam room and a fitness center. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage.

Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage. Planning an event in Cortina d'Ampezzo? This hotel has facilities measuring 646 square feet (60 square meters), including a meeting room. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Parking should be cheaper
    • Rooms in need of an update
    • Spacious rooms
    • Friendly service
  • HOTEL BELLEVUE SUITES & SPA SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 85. Guests recommend it because of its location, service and breakfast.


In the heart of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Grand Hotel Savoia is close to Olympic Ice Stadium and Ski Cable Cars. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Golf Club Cortina and Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort. Make yourself at home in one of the 122 guestrooms featuring minibars. Your room comes with a Select Comfort bed. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access keeps you connected and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature complimentary toiletries and bidets. Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Pamper yourself with a visit to the Spa, which offers massages and body treatments. A Spa tub and a sauna offer a relaxing way to wind down after a day on the slopes. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare. Dining Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, where you can take in a mountain view or stay in and take advantage of room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and a computer station. Planning an event in Cortina d'Ampezzo? This hotel has facilities measuring 5918 square feet (550 square meters), including a meeting room. Guests may use a train station pick-up service for a surcharge, and free valet parking is available onsite.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great concierge service
    • Beds need improvement
    • Professional service
    • Near city centre
  • GRAND HOTEL SAVOIA SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 85. Guests recommend it because of its service, location and Vibe.


Property Location: Located in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Faloria Mountain Spa Resort is in the mountains and minutes from Scuola Sci Dolomiti Cortina and Lake Pianozes. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Golf Club Cortina and Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 30 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Rooms have private balconies. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and bidets.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. A spa tub and a sauna offer a relaxing way to wind down after a day on the slopes. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle.

Dining: Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Parking is rare
    • Friendly service
    • Hotel could use some updating
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • FALORIA MOUNTAIN SPA RESORT SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 82. Guests recommend it because of its service, breakfast and wellness & sports facilities.

Ski Area

Cortina d’Ampezzo ski area consists of four very distinct areas – Faloria-Cristallo-Mietres; Tofana-Socrepes; Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri – each offering a radically different ski experience, from skiing below the tree line, via couloirs to rolling, twisting pistes.

A glance in any direction from Cortina d'Ampezzo tells you these are big mountains. Maximum vertical drop on piste is an impressive 1,715m from 2,939m on Staunies in the Cristallo region to 1,224mt at town level, but that's the exception rather than the rule, with most descents extending for no more than half that amount - a function of the extreme shape of the peaks, which are rocky cliffs for much of their height.

Almost two thirds of Cortina's 101 ski pistes are red runs for intermediates and one-third are beginner-friendly blue runs with just a handful of challenging black runs suitable for advanced skiers only. The modest total of 120km (which feels like more, thanks to the diversity of runs and broad geographical spread) is served by 51 lifts: 6 cable cars and 29 chair lifts give ample capacity of over 55,000 people per hour; most of the pisted area is covered by snow-making.

The four main areas - Faloria-Cristallo-Mietres; Tofana-Socrepes; Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri - are connected either by ski lift or a skibus service. Few other major ski resorts have skiing spread round such a large valley - Chamonix may be the closest parallel to Cortina, though the resorts could hardly be more different in all other respects. Though lacking on-ski connectivity, the ski areas are at least well-mapped on the standard piste map to allow you to plan your time on snow well: one side has a scenic depiction, making the most of the distinctive peaks; the other has a schematic plan view. It's refreshing to be able to establish where in the world you are with relative ease and also rewarding - the most mountain-blind visitor wants to know which peak is which when they look as unique as this.

The defining factor is that each separate area is topographically very distinct from its neighbours, giving a radically different ski experience from one place to the next and offering opportunities for skiing below the tree line, one or two couloirs, and rolling, twisting piste elsewhere. There's also significant variety of elevation; with the areas spread to east and west of town, and with varied aspects, these are all factors which combine to create very different snow conditions across the resort during the course of the day. In low season it's easy to drive between areas but the bus system is also effective and the only option unless you're visiting by car.


Faloria-Cristallo-Mietres

Starting from the outskirts of town, Faloria is accessed by a two stage cable car that soars above heavily forested slopes and a rocky escarpment to the east of town. The skiing here is hidden from Cortina, on north facing slopes that descend to Rio Gere where they are divided by road from Cristallo and a dramatic chairlift rising to 3000m between the tight walls of a couloir for the steepest, blackest run in the resort at Staunies.

Both Cristallo and Faloria are also accessed by bus or car from the point where they meet on the Passo Tre Croci road. Also on this side of town, to the north east is the small two-lift blue run area of Mietres.

In addition to an excellent selection of runs catering to skiers of all levels and abilities, the Faloria-Cristallo ski-area offers spectacular views across the Ampezzo valley.

Faloria is suitable for intermediate to expert skiers with its selection of scenic red and black runs, as well as a snow park for freestyle skiers.

The baby park in Mietres is specially adapted to children.


Tofana-Socrepes

To the west of town, the high Tofana region reaches nearly 3000m and connects to the lower Rumerlo and Socrepes area, but only by a black run. Access is from the outskirts of town by the Col Druscie cable car or by car or bus to the top station of this lift - a preferable option when snow on the single blue run back to base is scarce. The Socrepes area is best reached from the car parks at Lacedel.

The 6-seat chairlift Tofana Express swiftly takes you from the beginner area of the lower slopes of Tofana to the higher reaches, where you will find several technically challenging runs, like the Canalone and the famous Schuss.

The Freccia nel Cielo cable-car transports you to the Ra Valles ski-area, where at an altitude of 2,500m you are guaranteed great snow conditions throughout the season.

The route of the Olympia ski-tour takes you to the unforgettable runs of the 1956 winter Olympics, today the site of the Women’s World Cup.


Cinque Torri and Lagazuoi

The road continues to the two furthest outlying areas: Cinque Torri and Lagazuoi are both small but one-way linked by a green run. From the pass at Falzarego a remarkable cable car climbs to Lagazuoi and the option of the 8.5km Armentarola run to the far side of the mountains through Vallon Lagazuoi and a return by bus or taxi from Armentarola in Val Badia; the run is rightly famous for its opportunity to ski through a high, remote valley of great beauty.

A free ski bus between Son dei Prade and Bai de Dones links the Lagazuoi-5 Torri area with the Tofane. The area offers a wide variety of scenic slopes set in a spectacular landscape.

The Lagazuoi refuge, at an altitude of 2.752m, with views of the Tofane and the Marmolada, can be reached by cable car from the Falzarego mountain pass. This is the starting point for the Armentarola slope, the longest and most scenic ski run in the Dolomites, which connects Cortina with Val Badia.

In the Lagazoi-5 Torri area there are still many traces of the Great War and trenches can be visited as part of the First World War ski tour, an itinerary along the Dolomite frontline territories of Badia, Arabba, Marmolada and Civetta.

Ski Lifts & Pass

Cortina’s ski lift system is rather antiquated in places, but the ski lifts have an uphill capacity of over 55,000 riders per hours and cope quite well with the volumes of skiers.


Cortina Ski Lifts

The Cortina lift system is built around several big cable cars – most of which have been there a long time. Chairlifts and a few drags fill the gaps. Over recent years several chairs have been upgraded, though the relatively low skier numbers mean there’s little pressure to make changes.

For a resort of this quality, the uplift is not remotely cutting edge, but neither is it a significant limiting factor. The latest additions are the replacement in the Cristallo area of the two man chairlift "Val Padeon" by a quad, and a six seater on Tofana to replace two chairlifts, the Col Taron and Piemerlo.

Depending where you draw the ski area boundary lines and which ski areas are counted, 42 ski lifts including 5 cable cars, 29 chairlifts, 6 surface lifts and 2 ski buses serve the main ski areas with an uphill capacity of 55,000 riders per hour. Generally, lift queues are not a problem, but avoid Italian holiday periods when Cortina is very busy though not all visitors come to ski.

Additionally, each of the smaller Auronzo-Misurina and San Vito di Cadore ski areas is served by a handful of chairlift and surface lifts, and included in the main Cortina lift pass. Nearly half of the chairlifts are old two-seaters, but before leaping to conclusions bear in mind they are transporting you through a UNESCO world heritage site with some of the best views in the Alps, and allegedly eight out of 10 days are sunny so what’s the rush.


Cortina Ski Lift Passes

The Cortina d’Ampezzo valley lift pass includes access to all of the lifts in Cortina, Auronzo-Misurina and San Vito di Cadore ski areas, a total of 140km of pistes (120km in Cortina). The valley forms part of the massive Dolomiti Superski circuit, comprising 1,220km of pistes sevred by 450 ski lifts across 12 ski areas in Veneto, Trentino and South Tyrol.


Winter opening
(Nov 25, 2017 - Dec 23, 2017)

daysAdultsJuniors2Seniors3
0.5 (afternoon) *€ 33,00€ 22,00€ 33,00
1 (morning) *€ 34,00€ 23,00€ 34,00
1€ 43,00€ 30,00€ 39,00
2€ 86,00€ 60,00€ 77,00
3€ 124,00€ 87,00€ 112,00
4€ 159,00€ 111,00€ 143,00
5€ 191,00€ 133,00€ 172,00
6€ 219,00€ 153,00€ 197,00
7€ 232,00€ 162,00€ 209,00
8€ 260,00€ 182,00€ 234,00
9€ 286,00€ 200,00€ 258,00
10€ 312,00€ 218,00€ 280,00
11€ 335,00€ 235,00€ 302,00
12€ 358,00€ 251,00€ 322,00
13€ 379,00€ 265,00€ 341,00
14€ 399,00€ 279,00€ 359,00
15€ 418,00€ 292,00€ 376,00
16€ 435,00€ 304,00€ 391,00
17€ 451,00€ 316,00€ 406,00
18€ 471,00€ 330,00€ 424,00
19€ 491,00€ 344,00€ 442,00
20€ 510,00€ 357,00€ 459,00
21€ 529,00€ 370,00€ 476,00


High season
(Dec 24, 2017 - Jan 6, 2018)
(Feb 4, 2018 - Mar 17, 2018)

daysAdultsJuniors2Seniors3
0.5 (afternoon) *€ 40,00€ 29,00€ 40,00
1 (morning) *€ 42,00€ 30,00€ 42,00
1€ 54,00€ 38,00€ 49,00
2€ 107,00€ 75,00€ 96,00
3€ 155,00€ 109,00€ 140,00
4€ 199,00€ 139,00€ 179,00
5€ 238,00€ 167,00€ 214,00
6€ 273,00€ 191,00€ 246,00
7€ 290,00€ 203,00€ 261,00
8€ 325,00€ 227,00€ 292,00
9€ 358,00€ 251,00€ 322,00
10€ 389,00€ 273,00€ 350,00
11€ 419,00€ 293,00€ 377,00
12€ 447,00€ 313,00€ 403,00
13€ 474,00€ 332,00€ 427,00
14€ 499,00€ 349,00€ 449,00
15€ 522,00€ 365,00€ 470,00
16€ 544,00€ 380,00€ 489,00
17€ 563,00€ 394,00€ 507,00
18€ 589,00€ 412,00€ 530,00
19€ 614,00€ 430,00€ 553,00
20€ 638,00€ 447,00€ 574,00
21€ 661,00€ 463,00€ 595,00


Season
(Jan 7, 2018 - Feb 3, 2018)
(Mar 18, 2018 - May 1, 2018)

daysAdultsJuniors2Seniors3
0.5 (afternoon) *€ 34,00€ 26,00€ 34,00
1 (morning) *€ 36,00€ 27,00€ 36,00
1€ 49,00€ 34,00€ 44,00
2€ 96,00€ 67,00€ 87,00
3€ 140,00€ 98,00€ 126,00
4€ 179,00€ 125,00€ 161,00
5€ 214,00€ 150,00€ 193,00
6€ 246,00€ 172,00€ 221,00
7€ 261,00€ 183,00€ 235,00
8€ 292,00€ 205,00€ 263,00
9€ 322,00€ 226,00€ 290,00
10€ 350,00€ 245,00€ 315,00
11€ 377,00€ 264,00€ 340,00
12€ 403,00€ 282,00€ 362,00
13€ 427,00€ 299,00€ 384,00
14€ 449,00€ 314,00€ 404,00
15€ 470,00€ 329,00€ 423,00
16€ 489,00€ 342,00€ 440,00
17€ 507,00€ 355,00€ 456,00
18€ 530,00€ 371,00€ 477,00
19€ 553,00€ 387,00€ 497,00
20€ 574,00€ 402,00€ 517,00
21€ 595,00€ 417,00€ 536,00

*morning ticket from 8,30am to 1pm and afernoon ticket from 12,30 to 4,30/5pm

  • 1 The end of season date may vary in some valleys. We cannot guarantee that all lifts will be functioning until the end of the season.
  • 2 Juniors: born after 25.11.2001
  • 3 Seniors: born before 25.11.1952

Children until 8 years (born after 25.11.2009) are entitled to a free skipass for the same period (except season ski passes, 8 days in a season, DTL, noon/afternoon tickets) on purchase of a skipass by the adult attendant. This free offer refers to "an attendant for each child".


Season pass Cortina d'Ampezzo

pre-sale up to 24.12.2017€ 660,00
from 25.12.2017€ 720,00
juniors (born after 25.11.2001)€ 515,00
seniors (born before del 25.11.1952)€ 660,00
children (born after 25.11.2009)€ 230,00
over 70 (born before 25.11.1947)€ 515,00
12 days at choice in a season€ 440,00
12 days at choice in a season juniors (born after 25.11.2001)€ 290,00
8 days at choice in a season€ 310,00
8 days at choice in a season juniors (born after 25.11.2001)€ 210,00

Activities & Things to do


Winter

Alpine skiing

There are three skiing areas in Cortina: Ski Area Faloria Cristallo MietresSki 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,  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.
  • Ski Area Tofana37 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.
  • Ski Area Lagazuoi 5 Torri11 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. 

Cross-country skiing

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

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.

Cross-country skiing in Cortina

The Fiames Nordic Ski Centre is the focal point for cross-country skiing around an open field and on the track of the former railway line. There’s up to 10km high altitude cross country skiing for experts at the Tre Croci Pass (1,800m) with various routes and detours and spectacular views. The cross-country ski school (10 instructors) at Fiames offers private or group lessons (for 5-8 people) for adults and children. Cross-country ski gear available for rental at Fiames. Open: 08:30-16:30 from December to mid-April. Tel: +39 0436 4903. Email: [email protected]

Tobogganing in Cortina

There’s a 1km long toboggan run at Guargne served by the Mietres chairlift and snowbob toboggans available for hire at the base station. Also, a number of mountain refuges organise moonlit toboggan descents after-dinner.

Ice skating and curling in Cortina

The Olympic Ice Stadium has been fully renovated and is now a covered indoor ice stadium open to the public for ice skating in winter and summer, and with instruction available for those that need it.  The ice rink also hosts 1st division ice hockey championships. Tel: +39 0436 881812. If you prefer your feet more firmly grounded, the Cortina Curling Centre is open from December until mid-April with instructors and national team athletes available for individual instruction or group lessons. Tel: +39 0436 2400. Email: [email protected] Web: www.curlingcortina.it

Snowkiting in Cortina

As an alternative to more conventional forms of skiing or boarding, thrill seekers can experience being pulled along on skis or a borad by wind-powered snow kite with indificual and group courses available for beginners and advanced including freestyle and freeride options. For more information contact Kite4Freedom Tel: +39 331 488 5789. Email: [email protected] Web: www.kite4freedom.it

Ice driving in Cortina

Top Gear enthusiasts may like to try the excitement of ice driving in safety, available from December to February at Fiames (3km from Cortina), with expert instruction from rally driver Franco Munari and to test the limits of a Mitsubishi Evo VIII rally car equipped with winter studded tyres and telecamera.


Summer

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 GolfLoc.Fraina 14/15 - 32043 Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL)0436 860952 ([email protected]fax0436.876355), [www]18 holes, beside the old driving rang of Hotel Miramonti Majestic.
  • Parco Avventura Adrenalin Center (Adventure park), Località Ronco +39 335 8155177 ([email protected]), [www]Courses for adults, teens and children.
  • Tennis Club CortinaLocalità Sopiazes - 32043 Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL) 0436 868486 ([email protected]), [www]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. 

Sights & Landmarks

Near the bridge on the Bigontina River is the Town Hall, a palace in the Tyrolean style. Piazza Venezia houses several popular landmarks. The Ciasa de ra Regoles is one of the more important legal buildings in Cortina, where the "regolieri" — a council for the local villages that stood before the town merged — trained the community and gave administrative orders. It was at one time the center of Ampezzo's administration. Currently, it contains the offices of Comunanza Regole and the Modern Art Museum "Mario Rimoldi". The building also contains the office of the Scuola Sci Cortina, Cortina's skiing school.


Museums

Le Regole d'Ampezzo administers the Musei delle Regole d'Ampezzo, which covers three museums; Rinaldo Zardini Palaeontology Museum, Regole of Ampezzo Ethnographic Museum and Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum. Rinaldo Zardini Palaeontology Museum, established in 1975, is a paleontological museum with a collection of hundreds of fossils of all colors, shapes and sizes, found, gathered and cataloged by photographer Ampezzo Rinaldo Zardini. All of the exhibits were found in the Dolomites and tell of a time when these high mountain peaks were still on the bottom of a large tropical sea, populated by marine invertebrates, fish, corals and sponges. Regole of Ampezzo Ethnographic Museum is an ethnographic museum situated in an old restored Venetian sawmill on the confluence of the Boite and Felizon rivers to the north of the town. There are objects related to everyday life, rural and pastoral practices in the vicinity, agricultural tools, techniques, materials processing and clothing typical of this valley etc. Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum is an art gallery, established in 1941, which preserves over 800 works by major Italian artists of the twentieth century including Filippo De Pisis, Felice Carena, Pio Semeghini, Renato Guttuso, Tullio Garbari, Massimo Campigli and many others. It also hosts temporary exhibitions on various topics.

The Great War Tour stretches over 80 km (50 mi) across the mountains between Lagazuoi and Sass de Stria. It includes the Great War Open Air Museum with its trenches and tunnels. In winter it is accessible to skiers but it is easier to visit on foot or by mountain bike in the summer months. 


Churches

The Basilica Minore dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo was built between 1769 and 1775 on the site of two former thirteenth and sixteenth-century churches; it is home to the parish and the deanery of Cortina d'Ampezzo. It high wooden altar, crowned by a figure of Christ the Redeemer was carved by Andrea Brustolon. On the ceiling are three frescoes by Luigi Ghedina: "Christ Purifying the Temple", "The Martyrdom of St. Philip and "The Beheading of St. James". The Chiesa della Madonna della Difesa was built in 1750 on the site of a ruined fourteenth century building. Its façade features an intricate fresco depicting the Madonna della Difesa, and the interior is decorated with a wealth of statues, paintings, polychrome marble and gold leaf. 

The Cappella della Beata Vergine di Lourdes (Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes) was completed in 1907. Decorated by artist Corrado Pitscheider of the Val Gardena, it is a small church of particular interest given the reconstruction sculpture. The Cappella di Sant'Antonio da Padova in the village of Chiave was completed in 1791 but the interior was renovated in 1809 after serious fire damage caused by the Napoleonic troops. The furnishings include two wooden busts (Christ and St Catherine) and a richly worked altar. 

Sacrario militare di Pocol (also known as Ossario di Pocol) is a cemetery and shrine located at an altitude of 1,535 metres (5,036 ft) towards Passo Falzarego, in the locality of Pocol. The small church and cemetery was built in 1916 as a military cemetery by the 5th Alpine group. A shrine was built in 1935 as memorial to the thousands who lost their lives during World War I on the Dolomite front. It is a massive square tower of stone, clearly visible from the entire Ampezzo valley below. In a crypt in the centre of the structure rests the body of general Antonio Cantore, who was awarded the gold medal for military valor. 


Castles and forts

The Castello de Zanna is a small fortress, situated in the frazione of Majon. It consists of low white outer walls and two white corner towers, with a small chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The construction of the castle began in 1694, but on August 19, 1696 the works were interrupted; the building remained unfinished in 1809 when it was burned by French revolutionary troops who had invaded Ampezzo. Since then the castle has undergone restoration.

Forte Tre Sassi (or Forte Tra i Sassi) is a fortress constructed in 1897 during the Austro-Hungarian period on the Passo Valparola. It lies between Sass de Stria and Piccolo Lagazuoi, dominating the passage between the Passo Falzarego and Val Badia in South Tyrol (Alto Adige). It was part of the large complex of Austrian fortifications built on the Italian border in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Rendered unusable due to a bombing by the Italians on 5 July 1915, the ruins remained in a state of disrepair until the advent of the 21st century, when it was restored by the local administration of Ampezzo, with the assistance of the Lacedelli family. The fort houses a museum containing relics related to the First World War. 

Castello di Botestagno (also known as Podestagno) was a medieval fort perched on a rock in the valley of the river Boite, a little further north of Cortina, in the town of Prà del Caštel. It is believed that it was first erected as a stakeout during conflict with the Lombards between the seventh and eighth centuries, with the aim of dominating the three valleys that converge beneath it: the Boite, the Val di Fanes and the Val Felizon. The corner stone, however, probably dates to the 11th century. It was held by the Germans until 1077, and then by the patriarchs of Aquileia (12th century) and Camino (13th century), until Botestagno became the seat of a captaincy. It then passed into Venetian hands and finally to the Habsburgs. During the eighteenth century the castle lost importance gradually, until it was auctioned in 1782 by order of Emperor Joseph II. Today the fort has now almost completely disappeared; only the remnants of what must have been the wine cellars and the foundations remain, now weathered and largely covered up by vegetation. 

Restaurants & Nightlife

Apres-ski in Cortina is a full Italian experience, with the emphasis on wonderful wine and late nights. Unsurprisingly, there's no shortage of excellent restaurants in Cortina, ranging from Michelin-starred to simple pizza.


Cortina d’Ampezzo Apres-Ski Bars

With more than 30 bars, coffee shops, pastry shops and snack bars, 40 restaurants and 14 pizzerias in an around town, apres-ski is one of the reasons to visit Cortina, though it has nothing to do with dancing in ski boots and Germanic beer-swilling revelry. Apres ski in Cortina is a full Italian experience, with the emphasis on several wonderful wine bars before dinner at one of many restaurants serving delicious homemade Italian specialities from the Veneto and South Tyrol.

Visitors to Cortina, mostly from Italy, include significant numbers of non-skiers who come to enjoy the town and to socialise by day as well as at night. Consequently, many cafés, bars and restaurants do brisk business during the day and hence not all of the bars stay open late. A few bars close as early as 9pm and most bars (and restaurants) will be closed by 11pm even in peak season. Though a few bars open late and while partying is possible well into the small hours in one of six discos (open from 11pm), during low season these tend to be weekend-only.


Cortina d’Ampezzo Restaurants

One of Cortina’s culinary specialities is called “Casunziéi” – crescent moon-shaped ravioli pockets filled with either beetroot or spinach. However, the Alpine influence is never far away here with plenty of dumplings and spätzle on menus across the region, while Veneto cuisine is also strongly represented with polenta and fish dishes.

The Restaurant Il Meloncino at the foot of the Tofane is a real institution locally. Franco Melon serves up his interpretation of traditional dishes, with popular creations including risotto, white polentina with scallops and porcini, and blueberry sorbet with star anise.

One of the region’s most exclusive restaurants is Baita Pie’ Tofana. Expect tempting creations like venison tatare with marinated white cabbage, mustard sorbet and juniper butter, foie gras schnitzel with caramelised pineapple and oranges, rump steaks from Nebraska and to round it out – crème brulée with lavender or peach gratin. You won’t be surprised to hear that this cosy mountain lodge is also frequently used as a film set.

The Tivoli Michelin starred restaurant is the best around. It overlooks Cortina and has an innovative and extensive menu. Leone e Annac serves traditonal Sardinian specialities. El Camineto, Baita Fraina and Il Meloncino are expensive but all offer good quality food. El Toulà, set in a converted barn, is highly recommended. La Tavernetta is a new restaurant that serves traditional Italian food at reasonable prices. Da Beppe Sello, Ospitale, Pontejei and Ariston are all less formal and less expensive. For simple pizza try the Croda Café, Cinque Torri and Vienna. Da Lago Pianozes and Lago Ghedina are both situated out of town near a lake and combine traditional mountain atmosphere and good food.

Enoteca, which closes at 9pm, is always packed with tourists and locals alike who go there to drink wine by the bottle and share their latest skiing exploits. Brio di vino, Villa Sandi and El Becalen are all popular and trendy venues for pre-dinner drinks. The Blues Bar, LP26 and Molo open till late. If you want to stay out later there is a choice of six discos. If dining out, it’s a good idea to plan ahead; check locally on arrival and book in advance to be sure of a table in peak season, and at weekends especially.


Cortina d'Ampezzo Mountain Restaurants

Cortina d’Ampezzo has plenty of mountain restaurants and is famous for its mountain refuges. Good food is as predictable as good views across all four ski areas in Cortina, and affordable.

A definite highlight: Cortina is famous for its mountain refuges. Most of these cater to summer mountaineers and walkers, but those that fall within the ski area also do a roaring winter trade. There are over 30 refuges and restaurants that can be reached on piste; many of them can also be accessed by car and on foot, so that even when the pistes are deserted all day, the sundecks can be swarming. You should certainly book for lunch at weekends. Good views are as predictable as good food across all the areas. Cinque Torri and Socrepes both score highly, but even big places such as the Rifugio Faloria keep the quality high despite the volume.

 

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