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Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d'Ampezzo is a town in the province of Belluno located in the northern part of the Veneto. Part of the great Dolomiti Supersky circuit with 1200 km of slopes that join 12 valleys, Cortina offers a wide choice of ski itineraries, including the Olympia Ski tour, which retraces the Olympic slopes; the tour of the Great War, one of the most spectacular ski tours in the Dolomites and the tour of the Cinque Passi which with its 26 km of slopes is the longest in the Dolomites. Called "The Queen of the Dolomites", Cortina d'Ampezzo boasts breathtaking landscapes and is one of the most exclusive social places in Italy.

What to see in Cortina d'Ampezzo

1. Corso Italia, the main street of Cortina, is the nerve center of Cortina's social life. Shopaholics are in the right place: you can buy everything from fine jewelry to technical sports equipment, designer clothes, souvenirs and more. Corso Italia, however, is not just boutiques: along the street you will also encounter interesting cultural attractions such as the Basilica of Saints Philip and James and the Ciasa de Ra Regoles, an elegant nineteenth-century building that represents one of the best examples of Austrian urban construction of the time.
2. Passo Giau, an alpine pass in the Dolomites located at an altitude of 2236 meters, connects Cortina d'Ampezzo with the towns of Colle Santa Lucia and Selva di Cadore.
3. Lago di Misurina, a spectacular lake of glacial origin
4. Fanes waterfalls, scenic route between streams, deep canyons and imposing waterfalls.
5. The Tofane, three majestic peaks that exceed 3000 meters in height: Tofana di Mezzo (3244 meters), Tofana di Dentro or Tofana Terza (3238 m) and Tofana di Rozes or Roces (3225 m).
6. Olympic Ice Stadium, built for the 1956 Winter Olympics, it was the site of the official inauguration ceremony
7. Rinaldo Zardini Paleontological Museum, exhibits a collection of hundreds of fossils found on the Dolomites of every color, shape and size.
8. Ethnographic Museum of Regole d'Ampezzo, created to make the public aware of the fundamental cultural and environmental aspects of the Ampezzo community.

What to eat in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Also referred to as border cuisine as its cuisine has very strong links with that of Tyrol and Western Austria. Pasta is the protagonist of Ampezzo cuisine but also the fruits of the undergrowth play a fundamental role as they are used for the preparation of desserts, ice creams and above all jams that accompany local cheeses and game dishes.

Here are some typical dishes of Ampezzo cuisine:
1. Chenedi, bread dumplings filled with speck, cheese, lard and spinach
2. Casunziei, fresh filled pasta
3. Pastin, a dish based on fresh and spiced minced meat
4. Austrian Grostl, pork with boiled potatoes
5. Sacher, pie filled with apricot jam
6. Apfelstrudel, classic apple pie

How to reach Cortina d'Ampezzo

By car
By car from the A27 take the SS51 towards S. Vito di Cadore-Cortina, instead from the A22 take the SS49 up to Dobiaccio and then the SS51.

On the train
By train if you come from the south, take the route up to Venice-Calalzo and then use a shuttle service that takes you to Cortina; if you come from the north, take the Fortezza-Dobbiacco line, and then use a shuttle on the final stretch.

By bus
Buses instead depart from Venice with a stopover in Mestre and Treviso.

By plane
Cortina is connected to the airports of Venice, Treviso and Bologna by regular bus transfer services or by private taxis and minivans.

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