Cortina d’Ampezzo is a ski resort town and municipality in the Italian province of Belluno in the region Veneto. Cortina’s claim to fame was hosting the 1956 Winter Olympics, an honor it will soon repeat in 2026

Situated in Ampezzo Valley and encircled by the Tofane, Sorapiss, Cristallo and Croda da Lago mountains, Cortina d’Ampezzo is an excellent base for exploring the Italian Dolomites in summer, early fall, or winter. 

Base yourself in Cortina for at least 5 days, and you’ll be able to visit dreamy lakes (Lago Federa, Lago di Sorapis, Lago d’Antorno, and Lago Misurina), historic World War I destinations (Cinque Torri, Lagazuoi Tunnels, Monte Piana), gorgeous mountain passes (Passo Giau and Passo Falzarego), panoramic plateaus (Mondeval), unforgettable hiking trails, and awe-inspiring sunrise and sunset photo spots.

Cortina d’Ampezzo Travel Guide

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno Veneto, Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo Essential Tips

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Cortina d’Ampezzo Map

Cortina d’Ampezzo is located in the center of Ampezzo Valley, which is the upper part of Boite Valley (Valle Boite). 

The town is situated north of Cadore, south of Puster Valley (Val Pusteria/Pustertal), west of Val d’Ansiei, and east of Agordo. 

Cortina d’Ampezzo sits on the crossroads of SS51 (Strada Statale 51 di Alemagna) and SR48  (Strada statale 44 delle Dolomiti / strada regionale 48).

When to Visit Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Summer Season: mid/late June until mid/late September

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Rifugio Auronzo, Sexten Dolomites

The summer season kicks off in June and ends in late September. 

In summer, Cortina visitors can take advantage of a number of summer lifts:

Most importantly, mountain huts (Rifugi) are open, starting in mid-late June.  

If you’re traveling without a car, it’s best to visit Cortina in high summer (July, August, Early September), when there are more bus connections. Outside of the main season, it’s very difficult to get around Cortina without a car.

Related: Hiking in the Dolomites in September

Fall Season: Late September until Late October

Passo Falzarego, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites, Italy

Our favorite time to visit Cortina d’Ampezzo is in fall. Hiking trails are relatively quiet, roads aren’t busy, and parking is readily available. 

The downside of visiting in Fall (October) is that most mountain huts, alpine pasture huts (Baita, Malga), and restaurants around Cortina are closed. You’ll see Chiuso/Chiusa (“closed”) signs posted everywhere. Luckily, Rifugio Croda da Lago/Palmieri at Lago Federa stays open until late October, or early November, depending on snow conditions. 

Additionally, most cableways stop operating by late September. One exception is the Lagazuoi cable car, which runs until late October. 

Luckily, many of the best hikes around Cortina d’Ampezzo don’t require the use of a cableway. But, you definitely need a car to get to the many trailheads and mountain passes around Cortina. 

Another compelling reason to visit Cortina d’Ampezzo in Autumn is the fall colors. There are many larch forests carpeting the mountains around Cortina. In late October (18th – 31st), these larches ripen to a golden yellow-orange. 

Related: Hiking in the Dolomites in October

Winter Season: Late December until late March/early April

Cortina d’Ampezzo’s primary tourist season is winter.  People, from all over the world, descend to Cortina for their ski holiday. 

The Cortina ski resort encompasses 120 km of ski slopes. If that doesn’t sound like enough, know that the Cortina ski area is part of the Dolomiti Superski resort. This mega ski resort combines 16 Dolomites ski areas (Alpe di Siusi, Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa, Carezza, Arabba, Marmolada, Obereggen, Val di Fiemme, Alpe Lusia San Pellegrino, Civetta, and San Martino di Castrozza Passo Rolle), thus creating the largest ski destination in the world (1200 km of slopes).

Cortina d’Ampezzo Accommodations

Cortina d'Ampezzo Town Center, Italy


Pocol is a tiny village above the Ampezzo Valley, west of Cortina d’Ampezzo. Pocol sits at the crossroads between SR48 (the road that connects Cortina with Passo Falzarego) and the SP638 (the road that connects Cortina with Passo Giau).

Budget | Hotel Piccolo Pocol is a basic, but very clean bed & breakfast in Pocol. The management is helpful, efficient, and knowledgeable about the region. The breakfast buffet features a number of cakes, croissants, breads, yogurts, sliced cheeses and meats, and of course coffee and juices.

Cortina d’Ampezzo

Budget | Jaegerhaus Agriturismo is a highly-recommended farm stay in Cortina d’Ampezzo. The farm is located 2 km north of the town center in a dreamy location, facing Punta della Croce and Croda del Pomagagnon. Expect a delicious breakfast buffet. You can also eat dinner in their restaurant, which features ingredients sourced directly from their farm. Rooms are clean, cozy and designed in an alpine-rustic style. 

Midrange | Camina Suite & Spa is a modern and stylish accommodation, managed by a caring and kind staff. Highlights of staying here are the bright, spacious suites, lovely furnishings and design accents, balcony views, and air conditioning. The breakfast is outstanding. Don’t miss out on their spa facilities (may need to be booked in advance due to COVID regulations). 

Luxury | Hotel de Len is a sparkling new luxury hotel in the heart of Cortina. Fresh-faced interiors blend alpine design, modern lines, and natural and sustainable materials. The hotel restaurant, open 12 pm – 10 pm,  showcases mountain products and local Ampezzo flavors in unique and exciting ways. Breakfast is included in the room rate. Rooftop spa access is an extra charge.

Luxury | Dolomiti Lodge Alverà is a splurge-worthy hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo, featuring an on-site spa and pool, on-site restaurant, and plush suites. Guests rave about the hotel’s mountain views, breakfast, wellness facilities, and design. 

Look for accommodation in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

​​Passo Tre Croci

Passo Tre Croci is the mountain pass between the Cristallo Group and the Sorapiss Group. The pass is situated on Strada Regionale 48 delle Dolomiti, about halfway between Cortina d’Ampezzo and Lake Misurina. This is where the hike to Lago di Sorapis begins.

Budget-Midrange | B&B Hotel Passo Tre Croci Cortina is advantageously located at Passo Tre Croci. The hotel features comfortable rooms and newly renovated interiors. Stay here for the clean, minimal aesthetics and the majestic location. Breakfast is included in the rate.

Cortina d’Ampezzo Hiking Trails

Tofane di Rozes, Ampezzo Dolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo

Hikes in the Sorapiss Group

Hikes in the Tofane Group

Hikes in the Croda da Lago – Pelmo UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hikes in the Sexten Dolomites

Learn more about these trails in our Cortina d’Ampezzo Hiking Guide.

Cortina d’Ampezzo Mountain Huts

Rifugio Nuvolau, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites
View from Rifugio Nuvolau

One of the highlights of visiting Cortina d’Ampezzo is eating lunch, or staying the night in a Rifugio. These mountain refuges are typically open from late June until late September. 

If you want to learn more about visiting and staying in mountain huts, read Hiking in the Alps.

Here are some of the most iconic Rifugi around Cortina. 

Rifugio Croda da Lago/Palmieri

Elevation: 2046 m

Location: Lake Federa in the Ampezzo Dolomites 

How to Get Here: You can hike to Rifugio Croda da Lago in 1:30 – 2 hours from the Ponte di Rocurto trailhead, which is located along the SP638 road, halfway between Pocol and Passo Giau.

Recommended Hike: Croda da Lago Circuit Trail 

Opening Times: June – end of October, depending on snow conditions. For exact dates, check out the Rifugio Palmieri website.

Rifugio Angelo Dibona

Elevation: 2037 m

Location: Vallon di Tofana in Dolomiti D’Ampezzo Natural Park

How to Get Here: From Cortina d’Ampezzo, drive SR48 in the direction of Passo Falzarego. About 800 meters after passing La Locanda del Cantoniere, turn right onto Località Dibona and drive 3.8 km up to Rifugio Dibona. 

Recommended Hike: Tofana di Rozes Circuit Trail

Opening Times: Rifugio Dibona website

Rifugio Lagazuoi

Elevation: 2752 m

Location: Monte Lagazuoi, Fanes Group, iin Dolomiti D’Ampezzo Natural Park

How to Get Here: Drive the SR48 road to Passo Falzarego, the mountain pass between Ampezzo Valley and Val Badia. At the pass, you can take the Lagazuoi cable car to the hut. Alternatively, you can hike up to the hut via the WWI Lagazuoi Tunnels (helmet and headlamp needed). 

Recommended Hike: Lagazuoi Tunnels. Learn more: Cicerone Guide: Shorter Walks in the Dolomites 

Summer/Winter Opening Times: Rifugio Lagazuoi website

Rifugio Nuvolau 

Elevation: 2575 m

Location: Monte Nuvolau summit, Nuvolau Group, Ampezzo Dolomites  

How to Get Here: Hike up from the Rifugio Col Gallina parking lot (1 km east of Passo Falzarego), Passo Falzarego, or the 5Torri Chairlift mountain station. 

Recommended Hike: Rifugio Col Gallina – Lago Limides – Forcella Averau – Rifugio Averau – Rifugio Nuvolau – Cinque Torri – Rifugio Col Gallina

Opening Times: Rifugio Nuvolau Website

Rifugio Averau

Elevation: 2413 m

Location: Forcella Nuvolau (the mountain saddle between Averau and Nuvolau), Nuvolau Group, Ampezzo Dolomites 

How to Get Here: Hike up from the Rifugio Col Gallina parking lot (1 km east of Passo Falzarego), Passo Falzarego, or the 5Torri Chairlift mountain station. 

Recommended Hike: Rifugio Col Gallina – Lago Limides – Forcella Averau – Rifugio Averau 

Opening Times: Rifugio Averau website

Rifugio Auronzo

Elevation: 2320 m

Location: Sesto/Sexten Dolomites, Auronzo Belluno 

How to Get Here: Drive, or take a bus to Lake Misurina and then up the Rifugio Auronzo Toll Road to the hut. 

Recommended Hike: Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit / Cadini di Misurina Viewpoint 

Opening Times: Rifugio Auronzo website 

More Cortina Mountain Huts:

Cortina d’Ampezzo Places to Eat

Passo Giau and Ra Gusela, Dolomites
Passo Giau

Cortina d’Ampezzo Restaurants 

Pocol Restaurants 

Pass Giau Restaurants 

How to Get to Cortina d’Ampezzo

Lake Federa, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites
Lake Federa

Venice to Cortina d’Ampezzo

The closest airport to Cortina d’Ampezzo is the Marco Polo International Airport in Venice (2 hours).

We recommend renting a car at the airport and driving directly to Cortina d’Ampezzo. Though, you may want to detour first to San Martino di Castrozza.

If you’re traveling without a car, you can take this direct coach from the Venice Airport to Cortina d’Ampezzo (2 hours).

Other Airports:

  • Valerio Catullo Airport, Verona, Italy to Cortina: 3:11 hours
  • Innsbruck Airport, Austria to Cortina: 3:25 hours
  • Malpensa Airport, Milan, Italy to Cortina: 5 hours
  • Munich International Airport, Germany to Cortina: 5:30 hours 

Related: Dolomites Road Trip Itinerary

Alta Badia to Cortina d’Ampezzo

Alta Badia is a mountain region and ski resort in the upper part of Val Badia/Hochabtei valley in South Tyrol. Val Badia is bounded between the Fanes Group, Sella Group, and Puez Group. The main villages of Alta Badia are Colfosco, Corvara, La Villa, Badia, San Cassiano. Some of our favorite places in Alta Badia are the Armentara Meadows, Pisciadu Peak, Rifugio Fanes, and Gherdenacia Plateau.

It’s only a 1:00 -1:30 hr drive from Val Badia to Cortina.

SUMMER | To reach Cortina, drive over the Valparola Pass followed by the Falzarego Pass. From Falzarego Pass, descend to Cortina d’Ampezzo along the SR48 road.

  • Corvara to Cortina d’Ampezzo | 50 min – 1:15 hrs
  • San Cassiano to Cortina d’Ampezzo | 40 min – 1:04 hrs

WINTER | To reach Cortina in winter, you have to drive to Passo Falzarego via Arabba and Pieve di Livinallongo.

  • Corvara to Cortina d’Ampezzo | 1:13 hrs, 47.8 km
  • San Cassiano to Cortina d’Ampezzo | 1:30 hrs, 56.8 km

Related: Alta Badia Summer Guide

Alta Pusteria to Cortina d’Ampezzo

The Upper Puster Valley (Alta Pusteria in Italian, Hochpustertal in German) refers to the easternmost part of Puster Valley, and encompasses the villages of Villabassa/Niederdorf, Dobbiaco/Toblach, San Candido/Innichen, Braies/Prags, and Sesto/Sexten in South Tyrol. 

Alta Pusteria is the gateway to the northern Sesto/Sexten Dolomites (Val Fiscalina) as well as the northern Braies/Prags Dolomites. (Lago di Braies, Hochalpenkopf).

It takes only 40 minutes to drive from Alta Pusteria to Cortina d’Ampezzo. The fastest way to get to Cortina is by driving along Strada Statale 51 di Alemagna the whole way. You’ll initially drive through Valle di Landro/Höhlensteintal valley, famous for its roadside lakes Lago di Dobbiaco/Toblacher See and Lago di Landro/Dürrensee.

  • Dobbiaco/Toblach to Cortina d’Ampezzo | 38 minutes, 33 km
  • San Candido/Innichen to Cortina d’Ampezzo | 45 minutes, 37.8 km

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