Holidays in Cortina d'Ampezzo: where to sleep and what to do

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Cortina d'Ampezzo, known as the Queen of the Dolomites, is one of the most renowned mountain holiday resorts in Europe and the most famous ski resort in Italy. Spending a holiday in Cortina d'Ampezzo, even if not cheap, is a pleasure and a unique experience, at any time of the year.

The most beautiful and characteristic moment is during the winter period, when you breathe that typical and festive air of the most renowned ski resorts, where winter sports remain important, but also live and enjoy the atmosphere of the city, with its smells, with people in the streets intent on shopping and many to relax in the various bars.



This mountain town in the heart of the Dolomites, in addition to being a winter sports center, is one of the most glamorous and trendy destinations not only of Italy, but also of Europe. Symbol of style and luxury, its streets welcome the shops with the most important fashion brands. It is quite common to find VIPs strolling around the city center.

La gastronomy and Folklore remain one of the main attractions of the city. The cuisine in Valtellina has unique flavors and local products famous all over the world. During the year there are many events organized to make a city holiday more interesting, enjoyable and fun.

The designation of Unesco Natural Heritage assigned to The Dolomites, further demonstrates and certifies the unique beauty of these places and its landscapes. Landscapes that can be enjoyed and admired with the many activities that can be done in the area: skiing, hiking, golf, trekking, climbing, walking and cycling, ...

Cortina d'Ampezzo, located at an altitude of 1.200 meters, is a very valid alternative in summer in the warmth of the beaches and the coast, with a wide range of outdoor activities, such as tennis, golf, trekking, ... Holidays in Cortina, at any time of the year, allow you to experience the mountains very intensely.



What to do in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Veneto - Photo from Adobe Stock

The main activity in winter is to practice one of the winter sports on these beautiful mountains. Situated in a valley, the town of Cortina allows easy access to the various ski slopes that are located in the surrounding area. There are over 120 km of slopes of varying difficulty, some specific for snowboarding, and 60 km of cross-country trails. Do not miss the famous bobsleigh run and a snowshoe hike.

Cortina is part of the district Dolomiti Superski, which has over 1.200 km of slopes, where you can have fun with the snow as you please. The Alpine Skiing World Championship will be held here in 2021. To be able to move easily between the various areas there is a free bus called a skibus which connects three districts: Tofane, Faloria; Cristallo and Lagazuoi; 5 Towers.

In summer the good temperatures and the almost always beautiful weather allow you to perform splendid excursions on the surrounding mountains, as well as enjoying the excellent climate and pure mountain air. There are various trails and routes for the trekking. Some lead to lakes where you can practice sport fishing.

The rocky walls of the Dolomites are the ideal terrain for climbers. As in the thrilling film "Cliffhanger", with Sylvester Stallone, shot here, climbers can demonstrate their climbing skills. rock climbing.

Admire the splendid landscape of the Dolomites, beautifully covered with snow during the winter and a characteristic pink color at sunset, especially in summer.


Shopping in Cortina it is one of the activities that generates more atmosphere and business at the same time. In its streets, the big fashion or jewelry brands enchant tourists. But there are also craft shops where you can buy souvenirs and typical products.


Throughout the year it is possible to use and ice skating in the ice stadium. An activity that amuses young and old.

Where sleeping in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Tourism in Cortina d'Ampezzo does not come only for its beautiful landscapes or for the many activities that can be done, but they also play a very important role hotel facilities, which turn out a lot welcoming, comfortable and characteristic.


THECortina d'Ampezzo's hotel offer is very wide, with over 25.000 beds, and varied, ranging from five-star hotels to mountain huts. In total in the area there are over 60 hotels, 4 campsites and various residences, apartments for rent and bed and breakfast.

Spending a holiday in Cortina d'Ampezzo is certainly not cheap, accommodation and hotels in this fashionable resort are expensive, especially during the high season. The period with rates highest are July and August, and in general all the winter months. Rates reach their peak during the festive period of Christmas and New Year.

In winter, holidays in Cortina are synonymous with splendid white weeks, but also short weekends. During this time, hotels offer relaxing activities such as spas, massages or saunas. After the evening you can choose whether to dine in the hotel or in the many restaurants in the city.

We recommend book well in advance, especially for holidays in Cortina in high season, that is for the whole winter period, and for the months of July and August. In this way you can save on rates and have a wider choice.


festive periods of Christmas and New Year, and which represent the very high season, advance booking is not recommended, but it is a must in order not to risk finding all the hotels fully booked.

Best hotels in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Hotel Aquila

Piccolo Pocol Hotel

Hotel Al Larin

Hotel Meublé Royal

Olimpia Hotel

Hotel Lajadira & Spa

Hotel De La Poste - the hotel where the big blockbuster Christmas Holidays was filmed.

Best apartments in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Villa Pocol

Chalet Alverà

Savoia Palace

Villa Ronco

Villa Ca Bonel

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