...The holiday that never ends
Why choose Cortina among the different tourist destinations? Because Cortina is... Cortina!
Not only one but different reasons make it unique in the world:
Beauty of nature at 360°
The jagged Dolomite mountains with their shimmering colors surround this wide valley kissed by the sun. The first British explorers of the late nineteenth century were stunned by this environment and celebrated it in publications all over the world. The naturalistic importance was then made official in 1990 when the Natural Park of the Dolomites of Ampezzo was established on an area of 11.200 hectares on the northern part of the territory. Inside the park protected animal and plant species can be seen walking the many paths, but with due respect.
The ski jump Italia and the bobsled track named after Eugenio Monti recall a historic moment for Cortina: as a matter of fact, in 1956 the town was chosen as the location for the Olympic Winter Games, the first ones to be televised to a multi-national audience. Even today just a few minutes walk from Ciasa Lorenzi you can skate, watch hockey games and curling at the Olympic Ice Stadium.
An open-air gym
A choice of more than 400 km of hiking trails to venture alone, or together with mountain guides, the true experts of the territory and our trusted partners. For climbing lovers Cortina boasts numerous rock climbing cliffs and the brand new indoor Lino Lacedelli climbing gym, designed for experienced climbers (pitches are tracked up to 8c) but also equipped with educational areas and spaces for children and for beginners.
Cortina winter ski resort and more
The ski slopes in Cortina are part of the Dolomiti Superski area, the largest in the world. Ski schools, rentals, artificial snowmaking and sunny slopes make sure that everyone, young and old, can try their hand in downhill skiing, telemark and freeride. Coaches and skibusses connect the center of Cortina with the three ski areas Lagazuoi 5 Torri, Faloria Cristallo and Tofana, as well as the ski areas of Val Badia and Pusteria. Cross country skiing can be practiced at the Nordic Sport Center in Fiames, along the former railway track which connects to the Alta Pusteria slopes. The cross country track at the Tre Croci Pass at an altitude of 1800 meters is suitable for expert skiers. The more romantic ones can decide for walks in the moonlight, hikes with snowshoes, sledges or backcountry skiing.
For lovers of two wheels
Right next to Ciasa Lorenzi there is a small road closed to traffic, therefore perfect for walking and biking. It's the old railway that used to be travelled by the Train of the Dolomites and now is part of the "Lunga via delle Dolomiti". The tour connects Belluno with South Tyrol and is well known for the variety and beauty of the territory it crosses. A convenient bus service connects the whole cycle path. Cortina is also a highly respected bike resort with official marked and numbered routes, suitable for racers but also amateurs, families with children of any skill level, it is possible to cycle on scenic tracks at high altitude but also on adrenaline dowhills for freeride lovers. The professionals of mountain bike, e-bike and road bike rentals and shops, located just a few steps away from Ciasa Lorenzi, are always available for technical support, guided tours and advice on itineraries in Cortina and out of town.
Cultural activities for young and old
A visit to the largest WWI museum on the Dolomites is unmissable, combining outdoor activities and history in an environment of unique beauty. Thanks to an important restoration of trenches, tunnels and stations, it is possible to visit the Lagazuoi, 5 Torri, Sasso di Stria and Forte Tre Sassi museums in complete safety. Among the things to visit in Cortina we point out the Mario Rimoldi Museum of Modern Art which preserves a valuable collection of works by the major Italian painters of the twentieth century. Next to the Olympic Ice Stadium you can visit other two museums: the Rinaldo Zardini Paleontological Museum, featuring a precious collection of Dolomite fossils, and the Ethnographic Museum of the Regole d'Ampezzo, explaining through objects and images the sylvan and pastoral tradition of the past.
A window on the world
Several national and international cultural and sporting events liven up the agenda throughout the year. Just to name a few: the ladies ski world cup, the international curling tournaments, the archery world championships, the North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail, the Cortina Dobbiaco Run, the Delicious Trail Dolomiti, the Dolomites Historical Rally and the Golden Cup of the Dolomites Rally. Exhibitions, concerts, food and wine events take place throughout the summer and winter, making it an exciting stay from every point of view.
Despite world fame, traditions here are still well rooted and thanks to that Cortina has not lost its truest soul. On the first Sunday of July the Sagra d'Ampezzo takes place with the characteristic Corsa dei Sestieri in which the six districts of the town compete in a running race in the center of town. At the end of August and for a whole week, Cortina hosts the Festa delle Bande (Brass Band Festival), in which bands from the Ladin valleys in their wonderful traditional costumes as well as bands from all over the world performe.