Cortina d’Ampezzo or Cortina as it is affectionately known is a town in the center of the Southern Dolomites-Alps in Italy. It is part of the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Located on the Boite River, it is known for its winter sports resorts which feature skiing, trails, shops, and restaurants. The Dolomites in Cortina are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and this was also the location of the 1965 Winter Olympics.
Cortina Italy boasts a top professional hockey team and is the beginning and finish line for the Dolomites Gold Cup which is an annual car race. Moreover, for the movie buffs out there, three major motion pictures have been made in Cortina d'Ampezzo. They include The Pink Panther original movie, the James Bond spy flick For Your Eyes Only and the Sylvester Stallone action movie Cliffhanger. There is much to see and do when you visit Cortina d’Ampezzo. Let’s explore your options.
One of the best ski resorts in all of the Dolomites is the Cortina d'Ampezzo Ski Resort. The views are breathtaking, and the runs are invigorating. This luxury resort offers lavish accommodations and skiing for all levels and skills and offers downhill as well as cross country skiing. There are forty-seven lifts as well as tobogganing, bobsledding and ice skating. If you love the snow and want to ski, this world-class ski resort will not disappoint.
Perhaps skiing isn’t on your agenda for this trip. Don’t despair! Cortina Italy offers hiking trails in the summer and also has a good selection of galleries, museums. The three main museums in the area. The Rinaldo Zardini Paleontology Museum opened in 1975 and contains a collection of hundreds of fossils in all shapes, sizes and colors which were found in the Dolomites. The Regole of Ampezzo Ethnographic Museum. This museum contains things like agricultural tools, clothing types and all kinds of other things related to customs and cultures in the area. If you love art, be sure to check out the Rimoldi Modern Art Museum. This gallery contains over eight hundred works by influential Italian painters.
There are also some beautiful churches, castles and forts in the area that you might want to visit on your trip to Cortina Italy. The Basilica Minore dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo has breathtaking frescoes and an intricate wooden altar and is finely decorated with paintings and statues. The Castello de Zanna and Forte Tre Sassi are also worth a visit.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is the perfect escape for those who love the great outdoors and a chance to visit historical landmarks and soak in the culture of Northern Italy on their vacation. A visit to this city should not be missed on your trip to Italy. You'll need a place to relax and re-energize for your next adventure, there are a few Cortina Hotels available.