Cortina, deep in the d’Ampezzo Valley, has always had a stellar reputation for the company it keeps – the Italian crème de la crème – and deservedly so. It may be surrounded by the beeping horns of Italian drivers, but in the pedestrian zone’s sanctuary, it’s a haven of peace and quiet until come late afternoon when it’s crowded with a bevy of activity for all: watching the arm-in-arm fur-clad strollers in the finest modo d’Italia and their fashionista followers.

But during the day it’s skiing – and what skiing there is! The Dolomiti Superski pass covers 12 ski areas, 450 lifts, 760 miles of marked trails over 149,000 acres! The best Italy has to offer, maybe best anywhere. Cortina was voted the Italy’s finest resort in 2013. You can ski totally alone in Hidden Valley below WWI mountain installations, cruise under majestic frozen water falls or circle the backside of the picturesque Cinque Torri. Skiing the Sella Ronda forces you, after 25 miles to race and catch the last lift home. The vast beauty of the region qualified it as a UNESCO World Heritage site. With too much to pick from over such a wide area, it’s best to hire a guide for the week. If you’re lucky, maybe the truly terrific Charlie Tessari will be yours!

  • Peaks above Cortina.
  • Lone skier at Cortina.
  • The village of Cortina.

Gateway City: Venice
Transfer Time: 2 hours
Via: Motorcoach


  • DISPLAY AMMENITIES (roll over icons)
  • A Best of the Alps Resort
  • Chic Shopping
  • Casino
  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
  • Family Resort
  • Fine Food
  • Fly Luggage
  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
  • No Cars
  • Olympic Resort
  • Party Town
  • Skier's Resort
  • Summer Skiing
  • Very Scenic
  • World Cup Races
  • X Country

Hotels in Cortina

  • Exterior of Hotel Ancora.
  • Lobby of Hotel Ancora.
  • Room in Hotel Ancora.


The 49 room Ancora is ‘command central’ in the pedestrian zone, right in the middle of Cortina’s après ski action. Built in 1826, it is in a châlet-style typical of the d’Ampezzo Valley. Its owners, the colorful Flavia and Renato Sartor, retain the original character anchoring it with their personal antiques and fine art. The kitchen is sixth best in the Veneto region. So come experience the Dolomites, its flirtatious Italian ambience, seductive cuisine, and at day’s end, after a Jacuzzi and sauna, slowly sink into dreamland before beginning another day – Italian style –

A bottle of local Italian wine will be in your room on arrival

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