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.