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What to do in three days in Cortina D’Ampezzo?

Considered the pearl, the queen and the be-all and end-all of the Dolomites, Cortina D’Ampezo invites us to live all its majesty! For you who have little time and want to make the most of each place, we made a special post with the best attractions in Cortina!

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What to do in three days in Cortina D’Ampezzo?

The Dolomite mountain range is filled with small towns that seem to have emerged from fairy tales. One of them is the charming Cortina D’Ampezzo, but because it is a small city, in one day it is possible to get to know it almost completely. So, shall we find out what to do in three days in Cortina D’Ampezzo? How about one or two roundtrips in the remaining days? Shall we learn more? Stay with us, as we have a perfect itinerary for those days in this region! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”  Read also: Examples of Itineraries in Italy!

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1) What to do in three days in Cortina D’Ampezzo? VISIT ITS ATTRACTIONS

When we talk about the queen of the Dolomites, Cortina D’Ampezzo, we immediately think of snow, but the city, despite its size, presents several options for the tourist as its beautiful historic center, scattered markets, the Cathedral of Philip and James and typical bars and restaurants. You can take a private full-day hike through the Dolomites in Cortina!

Basilica of Philip and James

The main attractions are very close to each other, in Corso Italia, everything is very easy to access. In the center, a must-see is: the Basilica of Philip and James, which was built in 1775 and designed by the architect M. Promperg Costa. It was restored in 2009 and, externally, it has a solemn facade where two niches house the statues dedicated to saints Philip and James, while inside it has a single nave divided into three bays and a large presbytery.

The Belfry and La Cooperativa di Cortina

Not far from the church is the Belfry, which became a symbol of Cortina and was built by the architect Silvestro Franceschi in the late 17th century. La Cooperativa di Cortina is another attraction that draws the attention of tourists, especially for those who want to enjoy shopping, there is EVERYTHING you can imagine and is excellent for buying souvenirs.

The Markets and the Ampezzo Slope

The markets on weekends are another huge attraction! They sell typical dishes, liquors, jellies, cookies, breads, everything to make your mouth water! It’s really worth it! If you want to ski, the best place is the Piste de Ampezzo: there are 86 routes of different levels of difficulty (more than 106 km of slopes!), 4 ski lifts, 27 cable cars, excellent for experienced and beginners. To access the maps and conditions of the slope (opening or closing), access the official website by clicking here!

2) What to do in three days in Cortina D’Ampezzo? TAKE ROUND TRIPS TO OTHER PLACES

If you have two more days available, how about a round trip nearby, or a day skiing? Well, from Cortina it is possible to go to Venice and even to Austria (check the need for a visa!), As well as it is possible to ‘not get away’ too much and stay in the surrounding cities.

Round trip by Train

If you want to go to Venice, the trip takes about two hours and can be done by train, bus or car. By train, take the train at Cortina station and head to Venice Mestre. Read also How to get to the Dolomites from Venice?


  • The train service has a ‘combination’ with buses, however it is not available throughout the year and there may be a change in route and / or schedule without notice. It is not possible to buy over the internet, only in person and if there is availability. For more information, access here!
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Round trip by Bus

It is worth remembering that to go to Venice and / or from Venice to Cortina by bus, it is necessary to make a reservation in advance and the schedules are not the most flexible. To check ticket availability and / or buy, visit this site! Another option is to take the train at Santa Lucia Station (Venice) and go to Treviso; from there, use the Cortina Express.

Round trip with Private Tour

The advantage of the private tour is the total freedom to decide your own time, not having to wait to leave, wasting unnecessary time using it to get to know other places. In addition, the tour departs comfortably from your own hotel, which is important when you have little time available to visit a few places.

This type of tour is ideal for VIPs, who want comfort from the beginning to the end of the trip, for small groups of friends, for families with children or for the elderly. This type of service guarantees absolute comfort for those who travel. Basically, you should just enjoy the tour without the stress of attending train, subway, bus schedules, or worrying about where the main places to be seen are!

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Round trip by Car

By car, take the A27 and take the exit for Venice. If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog Traveling to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.

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3) What to do in three days in Cortina D’Ampezzo? SKIING

If you want to ‘risk’ less and spend a day skiing, go to Cinque Torri. Cinque Torri is the set of five tower-shaped mountains that lie within the Dolomite complex. To get there, it is necessary to use the Rifugio Scoiattoli cable car, which leads to an altitude of 2,225 m and offers an excellent point of view to the peaks of Tofane, Lagazuoi, Falzarego and those of Fanes. Also read Where to ski in Veneto?

Cinque Torri

At the top of the mountain is a delightful retreat where it is possible to rent ski equipment and enjoy a delicious meal. TIP: great option for lunch on a day outside Cortina! Around Cinque Torri, which is inside a park, there are options for abseiling, hiking, visiting open air museums and many other activities. For more information, access the official website by clicking here! To get there, only by car, there is no public transport between the cities.

Mount Antelao

If you are a fan of nature, visit Mount Antelao. Immersed in nature, its beauty is unparalleled. Unfortunately, access is only by car.

Important Tip

  • Consider renting a car in Cortina D’Ampezzo, many cities in the vicinity do not have public transport to / from Cortina and the rental car can make getting around a lot easier.

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