Cortina d’Ampezzo -or simply Cortina- is Italy’s best known mountain resort. Surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites, Cortina in winter is a destination for skiers and snow lovers alike. It was one of the first Alpine destinations to come to the fore and became a top spot for snow sports with the 1956 Winter Olympics. The tradition of major events continues, with the 2021 World Alpine Ski Championships and the 2026 Winter Olympics both being hosted in Cortina, the latter jointly with Milan.

Skiers can enjoy 120km of slopes of different levels, from beginner runs to the slopes of the Women’s World Cup. One cannot leave Cortina without trying the three ski areas, each with their unique characteristics: Faloria-Cristallo, Tofane and Lagazuoi-Cinque Torri-Giau. A slope an expert skier cannot miss is the Forcella Rossa, coupling steepness with unmatched panoramas.

Skiing in Cortina is an all-encompassing experience: skiing on perfectly groomed slopes is even better when you know you will stop for lunch and try a local dish at one of the many delicious mountain huts. And while you ski, remember to stop from time to time to enjoy the uncomparable views on the Dolomites and beautiful valley.

After a day out, everyone heads to the town centre to stroll around pedestrian Corso Italia. This legendary street offers one of the best shopping scenes in the Alps, but if you’d rather meet up with your friends, head to one of the many wine bars for aperitivo. And the day is not complete without dinner out: let yourself be spoilt for choice between a fancy restaurant and a traditional agriturismo.

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