Surrounded by the charming Dolomites, with many sports facilities and a glamorous town centre, Cortina d’Ampezzo, also known as the “Queen of the Dolomites”, is one of the most popular tourist resorts located in the province of Belluno.
Situated in the National Park of the Dolomites and in the Lagazuoi 5 Torri area, Cortina d’Ampezzo is totally surrounded by the high peaks of the Dolomites, which are considered one of the most wonderful places in the world and have been declared UNESCO natural world heritage.
Some of the most renowned mountains are the Tofane mountain group, Pomagnon and Cristallo, while popular passes are the Falzàrego Pass, the Giàu Pass and and the Tre Croci Pass.
Other remarkable pearls of natural beauty you will find near Cortina are the marvellous lakes such as the Federa lake, the Pizo lake, the Ghedina lake and the Sorapis lake, which freeze during the winter and offer an amazing view.
The Queen of the Dolomites is renowned not only for its natural landscape, but also for its sports facilities. As a matter of fact, Cortina d’Ampezzo is well equipped to satisfy mountain lovers of all levels and types:
- for snow lovers Cortina offers winter sports facilities composed of ski slopes for 100 km, which hosted the winter Olympic games in 1956
- ice skating, curling and hockey, which are also played in sports schools for beginners
- hikes on foot or by bike for anyone who wants to admire the fascinating landscapes of the National Park and the archaeological findings the area offers.
The centre is livened up by numerous sports and cultural events. Also, Cortina d’Ampezzo has two popular multifunctional centres - the PalaInfiniti and the Alexander Girardi Hall Conference Centre - holding concerts, music festivals and conferences.
Moreover, for anyone who loves fashion and shopping, Cortina d’Ampezzo offers the glamorous Corso Italia, a pedestrian area rich in glittering shop windows and bars, restaurants and pubs to relax.