Cortina d'Ampezzo: the unrivalled Queen of the Dolomites
Skiing, as well as walking in Cortina D'Ampezzo, is an unforgettable experience in Belluno province. An exclusive destination for the international jet set, it has been attracting famous faces for decades. But it is not only a chic and fashionable destination: international events are staged on its slopes and it will host the Winter Olympic Games in 2026.
A jewel in the Dolomites
Italy's most famous and prestigious ski resort enjoys record numbers and welcomes visitors from all over the world. Its slopes are spread over seven locations. A true paradise for skiers and snowboarders with 120 kilometres of ski slopes, 37 ski lifts, 1 snow park with 2 different levels of difficulty, 1 children's fun park, 60 kilometres for cross-country skiing and sledging runs.
A tourist resort to discover
Cortina is proud of its thousand-year history and has always been devoted to tourism. Its location is privileged, in the Ampezzo Valley, a wide and sun-drenched valley Surrounding it, the Dolomites, a Unesco World Heritage Site, delight tourists from all over the world.
Why it became a famous location
A symbol of style and luxury and a former Olympic city in 1956, its name is not only linked to landscapes and famous people. Over the years, Cortina's popularity has grown mainly due to the World Cup competitions that take place annually on the Olimpia slope on the Tofane. It has also attracted important directors, so much so that it has been the location for some James Bond scenes, to name but a few.
It offers superb slopes in three districts: Tofane, Faloria Cristallo and Lagazuoi 5 Torri and their luxurious chalets are often chosen by Hollywood stars as locations for their holidays.
A few interesting facts
Since December 2021, a new cable car has been in place, connecting Son de Prades, Cinzopè and Bai de Dones. This is an important innovation because it allows the Tofane ski area to be connected with the 5 Torri-Falzarego ski area.
Cross-country skiers and mountaineers, this is where you belong!
If you are a ski mountaineering enthusiast, Cortina is an essential destination. Starting from the Lagazuoi-5-Towers area, the range of potential themed trips is remarkably wide. At Socrepes, there is a well equipped snow park divided into levels of difficulty. The Easy Line, as the name suggests, is perfect for beginners; the Media Line for experts.
Cross-country skiers will be happy in the Ampezzo Dolomites Natural Park, with seven kilometres of trails and the option of night skiing on two of them. There is never a shortage of snow on the itineraries, always planned on 70 kilometres of slopes. Between sport and fun, don't miss the man-made reservoir in Po' Drusciè, the famous heart-shaped lake. It is the largest in Cortina, with 96,000 cubic metres of water and a depth of 10.5 metres, ideal for snowmaking the slopes with its considerable reserve.
Not just skiing
There is much to see and do in Cortina d'Ampezzo, and not only in winter. If its slopes are legendary, the tennis and golf courses are also very scenic. In summer, it offers excursions and historical tours that can please everyone, from adults to children, not to mention that Cortina has made a world-famous reputation for hospitality and relaxation. A gem to be discovered in all seasons and loved in all its forms.