Cortina D’Ampezzo

For great mountain lovers, Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the most renowned tourist places, all to be enjoyed both in winter and summer.

Its nickname – “Queen of the Dolomites” – presents it in the best way: Cortina, in addition to its landscapes of fairy tales book, is also the scene of several events that catalyze the attention of visitors.

Located at the center of the Conca d’Ampezzo at 1224 meters high.  Cortina d’Ampezzo has few 6000 inhabitants but an extension of well 252 square km, making it the second largest municipality in Veneto after the capital Venice.

Right its largeness allows to discover numerous religious and civil architectures, which contribute significantly to the already considerable attractiveness of the place.

Cortina, together with Milan, is the assignee of the 2026 Olympics, of which it will be a splendid venue and scenario.

What to see in Cortina.

Let’s just start from the religious monuments. Particularly characteristic are the Churches of Madonna della Difesa – managed by Franciscan friars – and Sant’Antonio from Padua, the latter in the hamlet of Chiave.

Another church absolutely to visit is that of San Francesco, which is situated in the same name square in the center of the town: dating back to ‘300, it has not experienced any change, remaining faithful to the original structure.

As for instead the civil monuments, we recommend to go to the Ciasa de ra Regoles, Piazza Venezia, and the Comun Vecio, which, as the name suggests, housed the municipal administrative center at the period of the Habsburg domination (now it houses the town library, ed.)

Let’s move to the landscape in the strict sense: inevitable a jump to the Regional Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites, stretching from the territory of the town to the border with Trentino Alto Adige.

Inside the park there are peaks over 3000 meters high, and it’s possible to admire small (but fabulous) glaciers.

What to do in Cortina.

For lovers of hiking, in Cortina d’Ampezzo there are two paths that deserve to be followed.

The first is that “of Planets”, with various boards that explain the solar system positioned on the nature trail that goes from Footer Tofana to Col Drusciè.

The second is the “Path of the Universe”, which is an extension of the previous one, with additional 10 panels illustrating gradually the main characteristics of stars, nebulae, clusters and galaxies.

But in Cortina d’Ampezzo you come especially for skiing, since it is part of the ski carousel Dolomiti Superski (the largest in the world, 1200 slopes). Indeed the Tofanina track really allows everyone to practice this sport: thanks to the large flat areas, this slope is accessible with a certain ease. But there is something for all tastes: the slopes are roughly eighty.

Finally, if you decide to go to Cortina in the evening of December 5th, you will also attend the Feast of San Nicolò, where the statue of the Saint (who distributes gifts to children) is paraded through the city center.