Can't Miss Experiences in Cortina D'Ampezzo Featured

The ultimate guide to doing, dining, and spending in this breathtaking resort town in northern Italy.

by Angelina Hazzouri

For ski resorts in Europe, this one is not usually the first one that comes to mind, but it should be. Cortina D'Ampezzo has a thousand year old history and a long tradition as a tourist attraction. With unparalleled views of majestic peaks and vast skies, this is the ultimate destination for your next skiing endeavor.

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Contini Art Gallery

"Art is like a rainbow, endlessly fascinating," says Stefano Contini, the owner of Contini Art Gallery. With 40 years of experience, Stefano has been delivering excellence through passion and commitment. His main gallery, Contini House, can be found in a 5-floor building in Venice, but the gallery in Cortina d'Ampezzo still contains much art from world-renowned artists such as Robert Indiana, Fernando Botero, Manolo Valdés, and Julio Larraz, to name a few. Additionally, these artists have been and continue to be regular guests at Stefano's events. No matter how great or small your knowledge about art, Contini Art Gallery is a place you must stop at during your visit in Cortina.

Cinque Torri

The Cinque Torri, meaning five towers, are rocky peaks that make up a breathtaking mountain front in Cortina. The Cinque Torri are made of Dolomite, the indigenous mineral of the region. For excellent slopes with incredible views, this is the ideal mountain for skiing.  

Hiking on the Falzarego Pass

For exceptional views of the Dolomites (and not to mention, a great workout), go hiking on the Falzarego Pass. This area of Italy is incredibly rich, as many areas of it were once the sight of World War I battles. There are also many other hikes available in this area that are accessible by cable car from the Falzarego Pass.

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El Camineto

At the foot of Tofana Mountain sits El Camineto, a delicious find for local traditional cuisine with a twist. Besides the traditional dishes of the Ampezzo valley and the classic ones of the house, customers here may taste some “digressions,” which are anything but mountain specialities, says the team behind this place. A touch of creativity adds to the essence and comfort of authentic Italian cuisine at this elegant yet cosy chalet-turned-restaurant.

Baita Piè Tofana

Creative cusine meets sophisticated wine in the fun and friendly atmosphere of Baita Piè Tofana. One of the most impressive components of the restaurant is its wine list, offering over 300 labels. Chef Eddy Calzà has transformed this quaint spot into one of the trendiest places in Cortina, which is why it made the Michelin Guide for 2018.

Baita Fraina

The cuisine at Baita Fraina is simple and traditional, based on high quality products and the freshest ingredients. Featuring a terrace with a stunning view of the Dolomites, this rustic, charming restaurant is a great spot to unwind after a long day of skiing. Chef Alessandro offers traditional dishes with a modern touch, and their wine cellar is uncompromising with its 550-bottle selection. For special occasions, their tavern is also available for booking.

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Ampezzan Fiori & Casa

For the best home goods ranging from leathers to linens to glassware and more, add Ampezzan Fiori & Casa to your list for floral creations and artistic home décor. A European florist specifically with German training, Claudia Ampezzan's creativity and organisation reflect in her beautiful store.

Wood Art Cortina

Wood Art Cortina creates furniture and furnishings made of precious and ancient materials conveying the experience of the artist's soul. Unique pieces are completely handmade at Wood Art Cortina, and tradition, innovation, and elegance are blended here to form a bond of warmth through woodworking.

Franz Kraler

For the best of luxury fashion, Franz Kraler has an incredible brand selection of high-end fashion from houses such as Gucci, BVLGARI, Moncler, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and many more. For your best shopping experience in Cortina d'Ampezzo, you'll want to head here.

 

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