About Cortina d’Ampezzo
Cortina d’Ampezzo is a luxurious Italian resort, which is rightfully included in the list of the best alpine ski areas. Wonderful nature and well-balanced image of the place attracts a huge number of tourists from all over the world every year.
The resort located at an altitude of 1 200 m is popular not only because of its luxurious slopes, but also because of its varied leisure time activities, comfortable friendly atmosphere, and developed service. From Austria to Cortina d’Ampezzo is only 44 kilometers. The town is located in the province of Belluno and is characterized by a mild climate, from blizzards and winds it is protected by high slopes. The season begins in late November and lasts until early May.
The total length of trails in Cortina d’Ampezzo is 140 kilometers. Everyone can find a route for themselves, depending on experience and complexity. There are 6 ski areas with 72 slopes. The main part of the slopes is designed for beginners and amateur skiers with medium level of training. Black slopes are few; most of them are blue, red and green:
- Routes from the peaks of Forcella Staunies and Ra Valles will be of interest to professionals;
- Short trails on the slopes Tofan (3,243 m) are designed for beginner skiers and amateurs. The snow cover on the trails is always thick and stable;
- Pomedes slopes (2,345 m) will appeal to amateur skiers;
- For beginners we also recommend Socrepes, Pocol (1,530m) and Mietres (1,710m).
The resort has organized gently sloping trails for cross-country skiers. Romantic skiers will be interested in night skiing surrounded by the torch lighting. Along the slopes, there are snow cannons, which guarantee a constant snow cover regardless of the weather conditions.
In Cortina d’Ampezzo there are several schools where qualified instructors can teach children and adults to be confident on skis. There you can also make an appointment with a guide for off-piste skiing.
There are 51 elevators in the resort, including:
- Boogie lifts;
- Cable cars.
You do not have to wait in line for the elevators, the capacity is about 60,000 people per hour.
Only two slopes are located near the elevators, the rest are accessed by buses that run every quarter hour. The pass may be used along the entire length of the slopes in all 12 valleys of the resort area.
The ski pass offers discount solutions for the following categories of tourists:
- For children and teenagers;
- For tourists over 65 years old.
Free accompaniment for children is provided.
Entertainment and attractions
At the Italian resort there are a lot of attractions that you can see in your spare time from skiing. In addition to leisurely walks surrounded by beautiful nature, several museums are open, and you can also visit:
- An exhibition of modern art;
- Church of the XVIII century.
In summer you can go on a fascinating trip by bicycle to the lakes Antorno and Mizurina, spend time watching an interesting film in the cinema or relax in the spa.
Children and teenagers won’t be bored either. For them are open:
- Dolomite Paradise – an amusement park;
- Baby Guargni – obstacle course park;
- PlayGorod Col Tondo, an amusement park;
- Mission Impossible – a park with caves.
At the resort you can leave your child with tutors in one of the kindergartens.
Where to stay
Cortina d’Ampezzo offers more than 70 vacation options in different price categories, ranging from economy accommodations and two-star hotels to five-star hotels with superior rooms.
Most rooms include breakfast or half board. It is possible to rent an apartment with its own kitchen. Budget options are located on the outskirts of town, in the center of housing more expensive.
How to get there
Cortina d’Ampezzo is 425 km from the airport of Milano-Malpensa. In order to get to the resort as quickly as possible, you must pre-book a transfer from Elite Royal Cars. The travel time will be about 4.5-5 hours.
For lovers of active recreation
In addition to skiing on the mountain slopes for fans of extreme and active recreation developed a variety of programs:
- Snowboard Park;
- Bath complex with sauna;
- Nordic walking.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is a true mecca for shopping lovers. The resort has boutiques of world famous brands such as Gucci, Benetton and many others. Nearby are jewelry stores, souvenir shops and fur salons.
If tourists have been planning to buy sports equipment for a long time, it’s time to do it. In Cortina d’Ampezzo there is a huge variety of goods of excellent quality. The doors of the art galleries are always open to potential buyers. In the showrooms you can buy real works of art made of white and colored glass. Particularly in demand are interior accessories.
In Cortina d’Ampezzo there are more than 90 restaurants, bars and cafes where Italian, Mediterranean and Austrian cuisine prevails. On the menu you can always choose a variety of pastas and taste the most exquisite wines.
In the resort town is practically not developed fast food network. Even in small cafes a decent level of service is maintained. The Michelin-starred Tivoli restaurant will delight gourmands.