Cortina d'AmpezzoItaly. It hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956, and will team with Milan to host the 2026 Winter Games.
Driving in is the most obvious option. Cortina is not too far from the Autobahn to the Brenner Pass or there is an Autostrada that goes from Venice to Cadore some away from Cortina. Thankfully the valley does not have a very high elevation so it is clear of treacherous road conditions for much of the year, be sure to check road conditions before driving and be aware that conditions tend to be far worse through the mountain passes, be sure you are driving on the most traveled passes as they get cleared first.
Buses run from Venice. You'll have to check the timetable as the frequency and schedule changes frequently.
There is a train to Pieve Di Cadore some from Cortina that comes direct from Venice (€7.50 each way) a 6 times a day during the peak winter season and takes approximately 2h45m, and then dolomitibus runs a bus that runs roughly 5-10min after arrival that will go to go to Cortina in approx a half hour, a ticket is €3 and can be purchased upon entering. Taxis to Cortina from here are €65. Similar public transport runs in summer.
Walking within the town is the obvious option, as it is relatively compact. There are also local public buses, the small orange ones which will take you in the very immediate vicinity. Connections with Dolomitibus at the bus station will take you to the surrounding towns and outlying areas, as well as to the ski areas, but do so rather infrequently. Please note skibuses do not run from 10am to 2pm, and stop at 5pm. The Dolomiti buses are very useful for hikers as they mostly go west and east to the mountain passes, from which cable cars or chair lifts ascend, and bus stops are often positioned at the starting points for hikes. Timetables for all these services are available in the bus station. Combination tickets are available for both buses and lifts and represent a good saving if you plan to be around for several days.
Taxis are generally available and can be called, some areas have a taxi stand like the bus station, or Passo di Falzarego. Taxis are very expensive in Cortina, expect to pay €3 per kilometer and they typically charge from Cortina to where they are picking you up and then to your destination. I.e a trip from Pocol ski lifts to Cortina an 8 km trip will cost €30.
Based on convenience and the cost of a taxi, you are best advised to bring a car. However for many that will not be possible so buses are the next best option.
One local bus goes up to the Auronzo hutte/rifugio/mountain inn, which sits directly beside the Tre Cime de Lavaredo, one of the finest mountain blocks in the Dolomites. From the refugio you can walk on a fairly level path anti-clockwise around the mountain, to get the very best views from the far side.
There are many and varied hiking routes, reached by buses, cable cars, gondolas or chair lifts, or on foot. Good maps are available, especially one at 1:25000, which have all the routes marked complete with their relevant numbering (which corresponds to the numbering on the actual paths themselves. The Tourist Office has also a rather basic map which is also useful for orientation purposes. For the most part the routes are well marked in the usual red-white-red flashes common in many parts of the Alps.
Cinque TorriSee below.
SkiingYou have a choice of 2 cable cars from the town, and the bus to the other areas in the Cortina Ski Region:
TofanaBy the Ice Arena on the north end of town, which services Tofana area which is the highest elevation and usually has the best conditions
FaloriaAnd one by the bus station on the south end of town that can access Faloria and Cristallo.
- Hotel Roma,Via A. De Lotto, 8 - 32046 San Vito di Cadore - Ph. +39 0436 890166 - Fax +39 0436 890302 Here we are in San Vito di Cadore, a village nestled between the Pelmo and the Antelao, 10 km from Cortina.
phone: +39 0436 2959address: Zuel di Sopra, 46A four star hotel. Presents 31 suites and several services. Rates starting from €130. Breakfast and wellness centre included.
phone: +39 0436 868539address: Largo delle Poste, 39
phone: +39 0436 4221address: Corso Italia 92One of the oldest hotels in Cortina, with nonsmoking rooms. Free Wi-Fi and private parking, pets allowed, luggage storage available.
- The Cinque Torri (five towers) is a fine group of extraordinarily shaped mountain stumps in a more or less straight line so that from a distance they may be thought to resemble a row of towers. A chair lift makes this superb viewpoint accessible to anybody, though only climbers can enjoy some of the attractions. Right beside the Cinque Torre, some World War 1 trenches, shelters and gun positions have been well restored and you can walk around these safely, reliving those times with the help of information boards which carry photographs, explanatory text and maps.