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- It took us about 2.5 hours of mildly strenuous hiking to get there and it was worth every second. Sure the lake is much smaller right now (sep/2021) than it normally is but the water was just as stunning and I was still breath-taken. The hike was not terribly difficult, but I wouldn’t recommend taking children or going if you have any major health issues as it was definitely not a walk in the park. Amazing views the whole way though!Written October 1, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This area is really varied and beautiful. The cable car gets very slow to go over to Alta Badia side so best approached from Cortina on the gondola system. Do the Super 8 ring and the various bits around it.Written March 9, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- To me this is one of the most beautiful places in the Dolomites! The views are amazing! It is easy to reach this place and you can make a nice hike from here.Written July 21, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Good wide path for most of the route, al touch steeper and narrower towards the end. If you take any of the side paths be very careful as several end in via Ferrata and you need equipment. Otherwise a very easy walk with good views.Written November 1, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Probably not so good for a complete beginner but a moderately competent skier can find reliable powder and ice. A mix of lifts, one rather archaic the new one a chair with a middle station may come as a surprise to some. The café/ restaurant is very pleasant and has super views.Written March 9, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Cortina doesn't have a "historic center" in the sense that one of the many medium or even small towns in Italy can have it. The "thinness" of its role in the past prevents it.
We can imagine that the inhabitants of this large mountain village were already sensitive in the past to the incomparable panorama that can be enjoyed from and on this basin; but certainly they first of all resembled many other villagers in the Alps, engaged in the daily work of woodcutters, breeders, peasants, perhaps more aware than others of their identity, because their "Ladin" culture, which distinguished them from Italian speakers of the underlying Cadore and from German speakers of the nearby Val Pusteria. Let's also note that the parish church, and even more the mighty bell tower, are something more than what one would expect in a mountain village. But the fact remains that the "great leap" took place here only with the advent of the "economy of contemplation" (C. Raffestin), which gradually led the northern European upper classes to focus their attention on just the "beautiful landscape”, without utilitarian purposes.
Hence, the mid-19th century, and even more so the 1870s and subsequent decades.
Therefore in the "historic center" very few buildings are of true historical and artistic interest: apart from the aforementioned church, the "Comun Vecio" ("Old town hall") and the "Ciasa de ra Regoles" (the house hosting the "Regole", very ancient community institutions which - here as in other parts of the Eastern Alps - managed agroforestry resources).
But if we broaden the concept of "historic center" up to understand it as that part of an urban center that "being part, represents the whole", we have a new concept, wider and probably more adequate: the Cortina historic center is the part of the town which features its essence. And its essence is multiple. It's that of the "capital city" of an alpine basin which is probably the most spectacular in Europe (which involved the development of both mountaineering and winter sports): also, it's that of one of the top mountain tourism resorts at high economic level, which entails in the historic center a quantity and quality of qualified shops worthy of a big city; finally, it's that of an unusual coexistence with this tourism of a more fancy, "intellectual" tourism, because Cortina is too beautiful to abandon it to the “nouveaux riches”.
Here then is that the "historic center" becomes, so to speak, the synthesis and symbol of the multifaceted nature of Cortina.Written March 8, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Most of the pistes are pleasant not too challenging and relatively quiet or very quiet. Lift 57 to Son Forca was a really enjoyable experience. Lovely ride lovely skiing and a great café.Written March 9, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Great museum with lots of first-hand reports by soldiers in three languages, old photos and clear layout of the site. Well done!Written August 27, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- ...because there are many war museums in the southern Alps; this one is in Valparola pass near the Falzaregho pass on the way to/from Cortina. This is an old fortress formely called Tre Sassi built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire and was part of the line of defense between the former mentioned empire and the Kingdom of Italy.
Lots of war artifacts but interesting are the informations and details of their way of life apart from the line of duty; incredible is the energy and dedication put by this family to collect all items throughout the years and put all in one place.
Not to be missed if road traveling in this part of the Dolomites!Written April 28, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- They have a selection of vegan deli meats, burger patties, ect as well as bread, these delicious rosemary rice crackers, and produce. Also accidentally-vegan chocolate.Written August 17, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Dolomites in general are a must see location. In every direction there is jaw dropping scenery. My Cristallo is no exception.Written September 21, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We parked on the road SP638, there is ample off road parking and the trail head is well marked. The track is easy at first and well marked throughout the trek. The track becomes much steeper later on and zig-zags its way up the mountain to a view point overlooking Cortina d'Ampezzo and the valley below. My wife suffers from vertigo but she managed this section OK. On a good day the view would be excellent but we were in fog and rain, even so we had so wonderful glimpses of what was below. After the view point the trail eases up until you reach the lake. The Rifugeo here is open until mid October where many others are closed.
Most of the track is through woodland so it's a good choice for a rainy day as the trees provide cover. We hiked in rain and fog for most of the day. It took us 2.5 hours to get to the lake but we were ambling along in no hurry and taking photo's along the way.
The lake is stunning in October when all the Larch trees have turned yellow.Written November 17, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We were a group of 8 and this was a part of a 525km trip down the Alpe Adria, up the Drau cycleway and then down through the Dolomites to Belluno. The section has a great mountain backdrop and interesting things to see along the way. We really enjoyed the Sorgenti military cemeteryWritten October 2, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Expensive. Whether it's worth it depends on the weather. The earlier in the day you go the more likely the clouds will not have settled over the summit.Written September 29, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We walked through some of this park as part of a seven day Dolomites hike. Even though we had some snow in September, it was still spectacular and worth the effort. The trails were in very good condition and the rifuges were excellent.Written October 15, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Cortina d'Ampezzo
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- DOLOMITE Day Tour From Venice area
- From Bolzano - Private Tour by car: THE BEST OF THE DOLOMITES IN JUST ONE DAY
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