Climbing from Venice, passing Belluno, you see the Dolomites rise, huge rocky volumes. Passing through several small villages, you reach the Cortina d’Ampezzo, the most famous and historic part of the Italian Alps. Cortina, that hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics, made famous films such as “The Pink Panther” and “007 For Your eyes only”.
The unique style of Cortina exists everywhere. On the main street of Corso Roma there are some historic shops like Marinotti with a special
alpine style impress even the most demanding. But what impresses is the kindness of the people there. Helpful and very polite. In the very old Enoteca Cortina wine cellar you can taste and buy amongst other the finest wines from Veneto region. In the pasticceria Alverà, which was renovated in November of 2016, the sweets are really great. We strongly recommend bombolone alla crema. Many places to eat in Cortina, some of them famous, such as Al Camin and Tivoli.
We liked Villa Oretta with the strong local flavors and the ability to smoke in an area near the entrance. The owner, third generation
restaurateur from Venice. In al Pasetto excellent pizza at very reasonable prices. Cortina, however, is mostly a great place for skiing
and supports it. 9 out of 10 here do ski and not snowboard.
From the 1,300 m to 3,000 m many options on the slopes. The famous Olimpica and many others. Stratondi is one of our favourite. At 2,343 meters, Capanna Tondi has unbelievable views and excellent food, as does Capanna Pomedes at 2,303 meters to Tofana.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, after nearly 20 years we’ve been here, always remains La Diva Classica dei Dolomiti.
Photographic reportage by Thalis Pitoulis