What to visit in Cortina d’Ampezzo?
Cortina d’Ampezzo is the pearl of the Dolomites, a famous tourist center, surrounded by beautiful mountains that make it a unique destination and a mandatory visit in summer and winter. Cortina d’Ampezzo is the main tourist resort in the province of Belluno and is one of the most popular sights in the Dolomites. Let’s go to our post of the day? What to get to visit in Cortina d’Ampezzo? 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!”
A magical place that has not been affected by the noise of mass tourism, where you can enjoy nature and landscapes of intact forests, steep walls of many colors, the discovery of a unique natural area and an ancient culture where traditions are still alive and they are an integral part of everyday life.
Few alpine resorts can boast such a high concentration of famous and extraordinarily beautiful mountains as Cortina d´Ampezzo. It is considered the most famous Italian ski resort, thanks to the beauty of the Dolomites and the many ski slopes that lovers of alpine sport enjoy, in addition to being one of the most exclusive Italian tourist destinations. Now let’s learn more about this beautiful city. Read also Let’s get to know the Dolomites? and How to get to the Dolomites from Venice?
1) What to visit in Cortina d’Ampezzo?in Cortina d’Ampezzo? SPORTS
Queen of the Dolomites, queen of outdoor sports in winter and summer and queen of glamor, Cortina is home to the most famous international competitions; how to forget the 1956 Winter Olympics? The very popular resort still offers many winter sports and sporting events with its 120 kilometers of trails and the beloved ski areas, Faloria and Tofana, with the Superesqui Dolomita, which is the largest ski area in the world.
2) What to visit in Cortina d’Ampezzo? THE CHARM OF THE CITY
Cortina’s charm never ends. Snowshoeing in the moonlight that embraces the rocks at the highest point in the Dolomites, tasty traditional dishes and refined delicacies of international cuisine, will transform your vacation into memorable emotions. Then again, a past rich in history, culture and traditions that have been handed down over the centuries, precious knowledge and craftsmanship from wood, iron and glass. Cortina is waiting to be discovered and experienced. Find out here WHERE TO SKI IN ITALY? WHAT ARE THE BEST SKI SLOPES IN ITALY?
3) What to visit in Cortina d’Ampezzo? FIVE TOWERS
Even in summer it is a popular tourist destination, rich in natural beauty like the famous Cinque Torri or the open air museum in Lagazuoi; in this place, hikers, climbers and mountain bikers are very satisfied. This is a place where there is not only sports and skiing, but also where there is a notable Historic Center, which is all concentrated around Corso Italia, the old main street, with many trendy shops, hotels and even some old buildings.
4)What to visit in Cortina d’Ampezzo? CHURCH OF SAINTS PHILIP AND JAMES
Noteworthy is the church of Saints Philip and James, with the 71-meter-high bell tower. Inside there is a beautiful altar of Our Lady and wooden sculptures by Andrea Brustolon. Corso Italia is also the culmination of the ‘promenade’, which continues to be the main attraction for clothing and fashion lovers. It is not by chance that there are many shops, jeweler’s, art galleries, antique stores and much more. Walking through the streets of the city center you can have a preview of trends, next season’s clothes and fashion accessories.
5) What to visit in Cortina d’Ampezzo? MONUMENT OF THE GUIDE ANGELO DIBONA
It is impossible not to be enchanted by the countless craft shops, witnesses of Ampezzo’s original artistic expression and valuable art that has been maintained over the centuries. In the square in front of the church, where there are often a series of events, is the monument of the famous guide of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Angelo Dibona.
6) What to visit in Cortina d’Ampezzo? “MUSEUM OF RULES”
The ‘House of Rules’, next to the church, which was the former administrative headquarters of the entire Ampezzo Valley, now houses the Museo Etnografico Regole d’Ampezzo (“Etnographic Museum of the Rules of Ampezzo”), a folklore museum divided into three sections, which highlights the rock formations of the Dolomites, as well as crafts and traditions of the population of Ampezzo. The art gallery contains some contemporary works by Italian artists.
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After descending a lot of skiing, however, you can visit some churches, a museum of modern art and beautiful castles in or around the city. Holidays in Cortina will give you magical emotions, it is a unique, wonderful place, where everyone can find their space in the crowd or alone, both in fun and in silent contemplation of the majestic, as well as beautiful, Dolomite landscapes.
Map – Attractions in Cortina D’Ampezzo
How to get to Cortina d’Ampezzo?
Getting to Cortina is always convenient and quick. The Queen of the Dolomites is well connected with most cities in Northern Italy, bus stations and airports.
1) How to get to Cortina d’Ampezzo? WITH AN EXCURSION
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2) How to get to Cortina d’Ampezzo? BY AIRPLANE
The closest stops to Cortina are Treviso airports (136 km), followed by Venice Marco Polo International Airport, read HOW TO GO FROM VENICE AIRPORT TO CENTER OF VENICE. There is also Valerio Catullo Airport, in Verona and that one in Bergamo. All of these airports are equipped with shuttle bus services to Cortina offered by the company Cortina Express. It is a service with very affordable prices.
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3) How to get to Cortina d’Ampezzo? BY TRAIN AND BUS
Cortina d’Ampezzo is not served by the railway network, but it is easily reachable by bus that leaves from the station of Calalzo di Cadore (in the south) and Dobbiaco (in the north). You arrive at Calalzo di Cadore after two hours, leaving Padova or Venice.
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4) How to get to Cortina d’Ampezzo? BY CAR
From the south, Cortina can be reached via the A27 highway, from Mestre taking the exit of Pian di Vedoia (Belluno), connected to the national road 51 d’Alemagna. From the north, go along the A22 del Brennero highway, and exit at Bressanone – Val Pusteria, taking Highway 49 towards Dobbiaco. Read also TRAVELING BY CAR IN ITALY: EXAMPLES OF TOURS
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