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Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Known as the Queen of the Dolomites, Cortina D’Ampezzo has been used as a backdrop for many films (Cliffhanger/Christmas Holiday/A Farewell to Arms) and you don’t have to spend long there to realise why.

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At a Glance

Market day:
Top 5 things to do:
1. Have lunch in one of the gastronomic mountain restaurants
2. Go up the mountain for the evening, have dinner and come back down by sledge or snowcat
3. Ski the scenic Cinque Torre circuit (don't forget your camera)
4. Try slow skiing and take your time as you descent the Vitello run stopping to look at the scenery and have a snack/drinks break on the way down
5. Have an ice cream as you walk along the Corso Italia
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Cortina d'Ampezzo

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Cortina is one of the most elegant winter resorts in the world and the resort itself is based around the road called the Corso Italia which is known for its' designer boutiques.

The winter Olympics were held here in 1956 - it was minus 22 and before gortex and all the materials we know and use today had been invented!

Ski area of Cortina

The ski area is made up of different areas - beginners learn on the lower slopes of the Tofana area and then move onto one of the larger areas. The main cable car from the centre of town takes you up to the Faloria ski area which overlooks the resorts. The slopes here are a mixture of mainly blues and reds with a few blacks thrown in for good measure - if you're looking for a more challenging ski then you should head over to Cristallo
On the south facing side is the Tofane ski area reached by the Freccia nel Cielo cable car near the Olympic stadium in the resort centre and further along is the Cinque Torre area which you can access using the free ski bus. This is the starting point for the longest slope in the Dolomites - the Armetarola. Altogether Cortina has 140km of slopes and is also part of the Sella Ronda which has a total of 1200km of skiing - to access this, all you need is the super dolomite lift pass

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Every year on the frozen over lake at Misurina there is the polo as part of the Audi polo Gold Cup Circuit. In the Punta Nera Challenge - skiers go up by helicopter to the Faloria refuge and then descend the mountain performing jumps of more than 50m - a great spectator sport! On the Giau pass you will see people snowkiting - a sport which started in France but has quickly spread to other areas (see doingmore for details of the dates for this event).
There's ice driving in Fiames, snowshoeing, tobogganing - see doing more

Throughout December there are about 20 stalls along the Corso Italia which make up the Christmas market - stalls include the chocolate fair with workshops, chocolate tasting and a chocolomarket.....there are others but these certainly enhance a delicious holiday experience at Christmas time.

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Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf

It's the only 5 star luxury in the Dolomites. An exclusive hotel dating back to 1901, where you can enjoy the most majestic mountains in every season. Read More

From £944.00

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Hotel Ambra

This 4 star hotel is ideally located close the centre of resort and only a short walk from the Faloria cable car. Read More

Hotel Ancora

Opened in 1826 this is Cortina's oldest hotel, set in the heart of Cortina D'Ampezzo. Read More

Hotel Panda

The Hotel Panda is a 3 star hotel located in the centre of Cortina close to the famous Corsa Italia. It has the most fabulous views of the Tofane, Becco di Mezzodi and Monte Cristallo mountains. Read More

Sporting Hotel Villa Blu

The Sporting Hotel Villa Blu is located on the hillside in one of Cortina's most prestigious residential areas, Verocai. Surrounded by pine and fir trees it is a quiet location, but is still less than a 10 minutes walk into town. Read More

From £537.00

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Hotel Cortina

An excellent 4 star hotel, with a great location in the pedestrian Corsa Italia coupled with true Italian hospitality Read More

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