Hiking in the Dolomites: Cortina d'Ampezzo
(2-5 days) Cortina d'Ampezzo, nestled in the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy, is a captivating alpine town renowned for its breathtaking beauty and world-class skiing. With its charming streets, stunning mountain vistas, and vibrant après-ski scene, Cortina d'Ampezzo offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventure and refined mountain culture.
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Things to do:

Cortina d'Ampezzo is known for skiing, but I do not do winter sports so I shall not speak on the subject. If visiting during an off-season (or on-season), a car is recommended - factor in extra cost for parking.

Parco Naturale Regionale delle Dolomiti d'Ampezzo
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Take a bus to some hiking trails - during off season, some buses will not be in service so be sure to plan. This park is large and contains waterfalls, bridges, cliffs, and a lot of trees.
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Lake Sorapis
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Beautiful foggy lake after a moderate hike.
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Cinque Torri
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Mix WWI history with hiking at cinque torri.
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Three Peaks
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Beautiful trio of peaks
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*Note: Remember to respect the land - take home your trash, leave the trail as is, and go prepared - temperature can drop quickly.

Things to eat (& drink):

If visiting to hike, hitting La Cooperativa for some groceries to pack was my go-to.

La Cooperativa di Cortina
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It has a grocery store, what could go wrong! If I remember correctly, produce needs to be measured using scales by the produce section so you get a barcode sticker to place on the bag.
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Lovat Bar Pasticceria
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Grabbing a cappuccino on the patio before setting out for the day was the definition of healing.
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Panino Top Bar
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Stop for a drink and a great sandwich.
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During travel, you'll notice that there is greater German-influence depending on where in the Dolomites you go. Cortina d'Ampezzo is still very Italian, but keep an eye out for flavors of the area (casunziei, polenta, etc.).

Restaurant Ra Stua
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How to get there:

I took a Flixbus from Venice to Cortina d'Ampezzo as they are known to have cheap bus tickets to various locations. However, there are also bus routes that go to Cortina.

As a note, this is one location where a car would come in handy as it allows for flexibility in reaching different trail heads when buses may not be in service.

From Venice:

For around the same price as a Flixbus, you can take the ATVO from Venice to Cortina. (Found under Tickets Venice Airport (Marco Polo) or Tickets Special Services). It should be line 29.

Another option is the Cortina express. From the same starting point (Venice Mestre), it costs a few extra euros to go to the Cortina bus station.

Where to stay:

I dug out the apartment where my group stayed back in 2018 and to be transparent, the price tripled from my original booking price. I paid $380 for two-nights for 7 people and now it's seems to be a minimum of $380 for one night with a minimum of 3 nights only for 2 people - INSANE! However, for the sake of showing the option that I know, I present Chalet Falorie.

Chalet Falorie
@jylee
A minimum 3-night stay and a trek from the main center of Cortina d'Ampezzo. It was a beautiful place and fit the large group nicely. I still remember waking up and walking out in the morning to see the gorgeous views of the Dolomites surrounding us.
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I usually recommend places near the city center as I am well-versed in short-trips and it's good to stay close to the action during short-trips; however, the 40-minute walk from Zuel to Cortina d'Ampezzo was gorgeous (I am a walker). We arrived at night and it was pitch-black, so we were so surprised by the views in the morning.

Alternate Housing:

Regina
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Paid parking, great central location.
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Hotel Meuble Villa Neve - Cortina
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Family-run hotel in central Cortina with breakfast and parking.
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Hiking in the Dolomites: Cortina d'Ampezzo
(2-5 days) Cortina d'Ampezzo, nestled in the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy, is a captivating alpine town renowned for its breathtaking beauty and world-class skiing. With its charming streets, stunning mountain vistas, and vibrant après-ski scene, Cortina d'Ampezzo offers a perfect blend of outdoor adventure and refined mountain culture.
11 Places • 4 Saves • ago
Free

Things to do:

Cortina d'Ampezzo is known for skiing, but I do not do winter sports so I shall not speak on the subject. If visiting during an off-season (or on-season), a car is recommended - factor in extra cost for parking.

Parco Naturale Regionale delle Dolomiti d'Ampezzo
@jylee
Take a bus to some hiking trails - during off season, some buses will not be in service so be sure to plan. This park is large and contains waterfalls, bridges, cliffs, and a lot of trees.
Add to
Details
Lake Sorapis
@jylee
Beautiful foggy lake after a moderate hike.
Add to
Details
Cinque Torri
@jylee
Mix WWI history with hiking at cinque torri.
Add to
Details
Three Peaks
@jylee
Beautiful trio of peaks
Add to
Details

*Note: Remember to respect the land - take home your trash, leave the trail as is, and go prepared - temperature can drop quickly.

Things to eat (& drink):

If visiting to hike, hitting La Cooperativa for some groceries to pack was my go-to.

La Cooperativa di Cortina
@jylee
It has a grocery store, what could go wrong! If I remember correctly, produce needs to be measured using scales by the produce section so you get a barcode sticker to place on the bag.
Add to
Details
Lovat Bar Pasticceria
@jylee
Grabbing a cappuccino on the patio before setting out for the day was the definition of healing.
Add to
Details
Panino Top Bar
@jylee
Stop for a drink and a great sandwich.
Add to
Details

During travel, you'll notice that there is greater German-influence depending on where in the Dolomites you go. Cortina d'Ampezzo is still very Italian, but keep an eye out for flavors of the area (casunziei, polenta, etc.).

Restaurant Ra Stua
@jylee
Add to
Details

How to get there:

I took a Flixbus from Venice to Cortina d'Ampezzo as they are known to have cheap bus tickets to various locations. However, there are also bus routes that go to Cortina.

As a note, this is one location where a car would come in handy as it allows for flexibility in reaching different trail heads when buses may not be in service.

From Venice:

For around the same price as a Flixbus, you can take the ATVO from Venice to Cortina. (Found under Tickets Venice Airport (Marco Polo) or Tickets Special Services). It should be line 29.

Another option is the Cortina express. From the same starting point (Venice Mestre), it costs a few extra euros to go to the Cortina bus station.

Where to stay:

I dug out the apartment where my group stayed back in 2018 and to be transparent, the price tripled from my original booking price. I paid $380 for two-nights for 7 people and now it's seems to be a minimum of $380 for one night with a minimum of 3 nights only for 2 people - INSANE! However, for the sake of showing the option that I know, I present Chalet Falorie.

Chalet Falorie
@jylee
A minimum 3-night stay and a trek from the main center of Cortina d'Ampezzo. It was a beautiful place and fit the large group nicely. I still remember waking up and walking out in the morning to see the gorgeous views of the Dolomites surrounding us.
Add to
Details

I usually recommend places near the city center as I am well-versed in short-trips and it's good to stay close to the action during short-trips; however, the 40-minute walk from Zuel to Cortina d'Ampezzo was gorgeous (I am a walker). We arrived at night and it was pitch-black, so we were so surprised by the views in the morning.

Alternate Housing:

Regina
@jylee
Paid parking, great central location.
Add to
Details
Hotel Meuble Villa Neve - Cortina
@jylee
Family-run hotel in central Cortina with breakfast and parking.
Add to
Details

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CURATED BY
I like nature and I like food.
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