A unique mountain range. Or better, a group of mountain ranges characterised by that “pale” Dolomite stone. The Dolomites are part of the Italian Eastern Alps, which extend through 5 provinces: Belluno – where most of the Dolomite range is – Bolzano, Trento, Udine and Pordenone.
On 26 June 2009 Unesco declared the Dolomites World Heritage.
This recognition brought to the creation of Foundation Dolomiti – Dolomiten – Dolomites – Dolomitis Unesco, for the safeguard of this heritage and the promotion of communication and collaboration among all the bodies in charge of managing the area. Its main characteristic is its high degree of diversification: 142 thousand hectares that extend over 9 mountain ranges separated by valleys, rivers and paths.
A welcoming community where everybody can feel the centre of attention
Hard-working, determined and welcoming, a community that looks to the future, teaching the values of sacrifice and commitment to those that will take charge tomorrow.
The “Cortina myth”
Many celebrities and intellectuals have chosen Cortina for their holidays. Among these were: Clark Gable, Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman, Brigitte Bardot, Alberto Sordi, Dino Buzzati and Indro Montanelli. An exceptional guest was also Roger Moore, who in 1981 starred in Cortina as James Bond in the film “For your eyes only”.
Cortina and Venice, an unbreakable link
A strong connection, not only due to their proximity: it is therefore normal that Cortina d’Ampezzo is the preferred mountain destination for tourists that visit Venice. From the unequalled beauty of the streets of Venice, its works of art, the magnitude of San Marco square, to the heart of the Alps, with the incomparable and relaxing settings of Cortina and the colours of the Alpenglow.
A long sporting tradition
The important sporting tradition of Cortina is alive in the many events that every year make up a unique offer, both in winter and summer. Skiing and cycling, hockey and rock climbing, running and walking all exist side by side in harmony, giving athletes or simple sporting enthusiasts the possibility to fully appreciate the 360° beauty of the Queen of the Dolomites.
1956 Winter Olympics
The 1956 Winter Olympics reflected an Italy trying to redeem itself, with the desire to rise back up after the tragic events of the second world war. They were a success, both in terms of competition and organisation, and the very first sporting event broadcasted live across the whole national territory.
The Queen of the Dolomites is only a little over 150 kilometres (94 miles) from the Veneto capital, a short two-hour drive on the A27 motorway (Venice – Belluno). It can also be reached from the Brennero A22 motorway (exit at Bressanone and then continue towards Dobbiaco and Cortina), which is better when coming from Lombardy and Austria.
The train stations closest to Cortina are Calalzo di Cadore (35 km) and Dobbiaco, linked to the Queen of the Dolomites by a bus service that runs in connection with train arrivals and departures. The “Grand Turismo” bus service that connects Cortina to the train stations of Venezia-Mestre is extremely comfortable and quick (only two and four hours respectively). A train-bus service also runs from Milan and Rome, with travel times of five and six hours.
During high season, there are bus services to and from the main airports, railway stations and capital cities of many Italian regions.
The best airports for visiting Cortina are Venice, Treviso, Verona, Bologna, Trieste and Innsbruck. Daily and seasonal connections link the Queen of the Dolomites to Venice Airport. Connections with the main flights are very good, and travel time is just over two hours, on extremely comfortable buses. During high season, there are also bus services to and from the airports of Treviso and Bologna.