Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Set amidst the stunning Dolomites, the scenery surrounding Cortina compliments the attractiveness of the traditional town making the resort a truly desirable winter sports destination. Although Cortina has an upmarket, glitzy reputation there is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and plenty of bars and restaurants to visit in the evening.
The Corso Italia is the pedestrian main street of Cortina and is THE place to 'see and be seen' in the late afternoon. It should be remembered that Cortina is as much about style and elegance as it is about skiing and mountains!
The ski area is fairly extensive and has something for everyone. It is also possible, with a 20 minute taxi ride, to ski the world famous Sella Ronda ski area which comprises the interlinked villages of Selva, Corvara and Arabba. This gives those seeking a larger ski area the ski miles they need.
There are plenty of other activities to do off the slopes and this is much of the charm of Cortina – it’s a real mountain town and holidays here are winter holidays just as much as they are skiing holidays.
Some of the luxury hotels in Cortina echo an era gone by of classical elegance. Waiters serve cocktails in splendid, starched uniforms, the surroundings are grand and fellow guests are impeccably dressed. Cortina is for those with a touch of the theatrical as well as a well-packed suitcase.
Pros & Cons
- Stunning scenery
- Good nursery slopes and long intermediate cruising
- Great apres ski
- Non-skiers will find plenty to do here
- Uncrowded slopes
- Ski areas are spread around the sides of the resort and linked by bus
A foodie's paradise - the very smart and very expensive El Toula is a must. Situated in an old barn on the edge of town the food is magnificent in a rustic setting. Some of the best restaurants are a little further out of town- the Michelin starred Tivoli, melconcino, Leone e Anna, Rio Gere abd Baita Fraina. In town we recommend Tratoria Passetto for good piza and pasta, Cinque Torre and the Tavernetta.
Lunch on the slopes is one of the major plus factors about Cortina. In the Socrepes area the Rifugio Col Taron is tops, while the Pie de Tofana, Rifugio Pomedes and El Faral follow closely by. The Col Druscie and El Sorei have been recomended by some our clients as well. At Cristallo the Rio Gere and the Rifugio son Foca are both worth a visit. The Cinque Torri area boasts some good restaurants as well with the Scoiattoli, the Refugio Averau, the Rufugio Fedare and finally the Rifugio Lagazuoi. You wont find any self service restaurants in Cortina!
This is a lively resort for apres ski. There are some very nice tea-time spots, the Lovat being the pick of the bunch, however if you want something a little stronger there are many wine bars to choose from. Enoteca, Osteria, Villa Sandi, Dok-Dall'Ava, and Brio di Vino offer a wide choice of wines, with cheese and ham to compliment.
Night clubs and bars come alive after 11pm. The livliest is the Clipper but there are many others to choose from.