A weekend at… Cortina d’Ampezzo

With weather now changing in Italy with snow and cold weather from North to South; many are planning their skiing holidays.  And Cortina d'Ampezzo is undoubtedly one of the most stunning skiing locations in Europe, offering wonderful ski slopes, snowshoeing, and cross-country trails to visitors. And with decent snow it makes Cortina d'Ampezzo even more magical.

Known throughout the world as the "Queen of the Dolomites", Cortina d'Ampezzo is inserted between the splendid peaks such as the Tofane, the Cristallo and the Pomagagnon that have made this place one of the most famous skiing resorts in the world. With its 3 ski areas, 66 slopes of all levels and order of difficulty for a total of 115 km of pure fun, it is the ideal destination to spend your winter holidays in the Belluno Dolomites between sports, breath-taking views and lots of fun. Tourists can choose between five ski areas: Faloria, Cristallo, Mietres, Tofana, SocrepesPocol, FalzaregoCinque Torri, all connected by modern facilities and ski bus service. To make Cortina one of the capitals of skiing in the world are also about 70 kilometers of cross-country trails.

When the sun goes down, the elegant mountain town is transformed into the alpine living room of the Dolomites: shops, restaurants and discos animate the most famous and exclusive après-ski.  From refined restaurants to characteristic shelters and typical restaurants, the flavours of typical local cuisine make even the most refined foodies fall in love.

Cuisine & Restaurants

Tradition teaches that the most famous and typical dish is that of casunziéi, half-moon-shaped ravioli that can be red, if stuffed with beetroot, or green if stuffed with spinach. From Tyrol, Cortina has inherited the famous dumplings and spaetzel, green dumplings seasoned with cream and speck.  For the sweet tooth there is always apple strudel and sacher cakes, tarts made with berries, ice cream with hot raspberries and omelettes with flour batter and eggs, served with cranberry jam (Kaiserschmarrn). 

To the vast and tasty culinary options on offer, you also find numerous stylish places devoted to aperitifs and nightlife – in Veneto, the land of prosecco, no one renounces this tradition Among the cafes, pastry shops, wine bars and breweries, restaurants and pizzerias, not to mention the luxury hotels, Cortina is undoubtedly a paradise for all lovers of good food and entertainment.

Cortina d’Ampezzo’s status as a chic Italian resort translates is also reflected by its après-ski. Aperitivo hour (straight after skiing) is prime time for some people watching with a glass of wine or slice of cake on the go; well-heeled visitors come out to window shop/parade down the promenade in all their fine outfits. And of course, there’s still the late-night clubs, if you do fancy post-ski dancing.


La Suite is prime people-watching territory, right on the main square on the Corso Italia outside the church. At Villa Sandi with a fur-clad patio out front, this wine come cocktail bar is always lively. Come along for happy hour before dinner and you’ll find a great Cortina après-ski atmosphere here. The Aperol Spritz is sublime as are the wines, of course, and come with snacks from simple crisps to cheese twists.  Just off the main street, Villa Sandi is behind the Hotel Cortina it’s super easy to get to but has an off the main street hidden gem feel.

Obviously, apart from the best skiing fields, Après-Ski offerings, and great food and restaurant options, Cortina D'Ampezzo also offers fabulous shopping opportunities. Most luxury brands are represented in the centre of Cortina such as MonclerFranz Kraler, FalconeriLoro Piana and many more. 

Best places to stay? You can select AirBNB or indulge in staying at one of the stunning luxury Spa Hotels in Cortina. Such as Hotel Cristallo, Hotel Miramonti Majestic or Hotel Sassongher or Grand Hotel Savoia and many more.

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