Your travel guide to Cortina

Many articles, tips and information to help our readers discover Cortina d'Ampezzo and its surroundings. Our website has been written with passion, to share our knowledge about the town we live in every day.

CiaoCortina, short introduction

CiaoCortina is an unofficial tourist guide for Cortina d'Ampezzo. We live here all year and we want to provide a service to the guests of Cortina. Every article is sincere and "written with the heart".

We don't want to welcome our visitors with a wall of text, you can see a more in-depth introduction in the bottom part of this page . So let's start with a list of all our articles, divided into sections.

What to do in Cortina

This section contains the best activities for spending your vacation in Cortina. The things to do are divided according to season or weather conditions. This is the ideal starting point to discover what to do in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

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Living Cortina

A collection of articles for those who are on vacation in Cortina and want to experience the town at its best. In this section are collected the best experiences to enjoy what Cortina has to offer, from sports to gastronomy, to having fun and partying.

The surroundings of Cortina

If you want to explore the surroundings of Cortina, this is the section for you. All the articles here focus on the most attractive places that can be easily reached from Cortina d'Ampezzo, either by car or by bus.

Information about Cortina

A collection of articles on Cortina traditions, some interesting facts and other useful information. A page written for both guests and residents, where you can get to know the town a little better and, perhaps, learn something new.

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The best summer and winter hikes

The most beautiful summer and winter hikes in Cortina d'Ampezzo. From the easiest walks to the hikings where some training is needed, divided by category, as well as some advice for novice hikers.

Winter hikes in Cortina
Winter hikes in Cortina The most beautiful winter hikes in Cortina, easy walks, for everyone, on groomed snow. Reading time: 12 min
Walking in the mountains safely
Safety tips for hikers Tips for safely going hiking in the mountains and prepare your backpack with all you need. Reading time: 8 min
The walking loop of Pianozes
The loop of Pianozes A circular walk through the woods that, from the village of Zuel, leads to Lake Pianozes. 1h 30' - 6 km - Easy
Hike in Cortina from Larieto to Zumeles
Hike from Larieto to Mietres A hike from Larieto to Mietres, with the possibility of a detour to Forcella Zumeles. 1h+30' - 4+2 km - Easy
Montanelli path and Cianderou
The Crépe de Cianderou A hike along the Montanelli path to the Crépe de Cianderou, a splendid scenic point. 1h 30' - 6 km - Easy
From Sant'Uberto to Podestagno
To the ruins of Podestagno A walk to the Podestagno Ruins, one of the most important points in Cortina's history. 40 min - 3 km - Easy
Walk from the center to Pianozes
Walk to Lake Pianozes A walk from the center of Cortina to Lake Pianozes, along a road surrounded by green. 1h 45' - 6,5 km - Easy
Walk in the woods from Fiames to Cadin
Walk from Fiames to Cadin An easy and short walk through the woods, along the Boite River, from Fiames to Cadin. 1h 30' - 7 km - Easy
The loop of Pian de Ra Spines
Pian De Ra Spines A walk in the locality of Fiames, we'll get to Pian de Ra Spines, alongside the Boite river. 1h 30' - 7 km - Easy
Hike from Sant'Uberto to the meadows of Ra Stua
Walk to Malga Ra Stua A hike from the car park of Sant'Uberto to Malga Ra Stua, avoiding the paved road. 2h 30' - 6 km - Intermediate
From Lake Pianozes to Lake d'Ajal
From Pianozes to Lake Ajal A short but intense hike to see two beautiful alpine lakes: Lake Pianozes and Lake Ajal. 2h 00' - 4,5 km - Intermediate
Hike to Dibona Refuge from Falzarego Pass
Hike to Rifugio Dibona A short and easy hike. From the car park on Falzarego Pass, towards Rifugio Dibona. 2h 30' - 8 km - Intermediate
Hike from Carbonin to Prato Piazza
Carbonin to Plätzwiese From the Carbonin parking area to Prato Piazza and the other mountain lodges of the area. 3h 00' - 9,5 km - Intermediate
From Valbona to Malga Maraia
From Valbona to Maraia A hike in the area of Auronzo that will lead you to eat at an appreciated mountain lodge. 2h 30' - 9 km - Intermediate
From Malga Ra Stua to Fodara
From Ra Stua to Fodara Hike from Malga Ra Stua to Fodara Vedla refuge, in the Sexten Dolomites Nature Park. 3h 00' - 10 km - Intermediate
From Pian dei Menis to Mount five Towers
Pian dei Menis to 5 Towers A lesser known route from Falzarego Pass to the Cinque Torri and its mountain lodges. 2h 00' - 5 km - Intermediate
The lower Fanes falls
The lower Fanes Waterfalls A hike to the Fanes falls, with the optional possibility of doing two small via ferratas. 3h 00' - 10 km - Difficult
From Cimabanche to Prato Piazza through the Chenopi trail
Cimabanche to Plätzwiese An alternative, more scenic, path to Prato Piazza, Plätzwiese, through the Chenopi trail. 3h 00' - 9 km - Difficult
Hike from Fiames to the mountain saddle of Posporcora
From Fiames to Posporcora A scenic hike from Fiames to Posporcora, passing through the panorama of Cianderou. 3h 30' - 12 km - Difficult
Scenic path Dolomieu
Panoramic trail Dolomieu The Dolomieu scenic path: from the car park of Rio Gere to the top of Mount Faloria. 3h 00' - 8 km - Difficult
Ra Góres de Fedèra
Ra Góres de Fedèra The Gorges of Federa, a new trail that starts from Lake Pianozes, to Malga Federa. 3h 30' - 10 km - Difficult
From Ra Stua to Sennes
From Ra Stua to Sennes A hike from Malga Ra Stua to the Rifugio Sennes, in the Sexten Dolomites natural park. 3h 00' - 11 km - Difficult
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CiaoCortina, presentation

As mentioned in the introduction, at the top of the page, CiaoCortina is a website that contains articles "written with the heart" about things to do and things to see in Cortina and its surroundings. There are also some ideas on where to eat, what to visit, where to party and many other useful information.

Cortina d'Ampezzo covered in snow at night

The reason we often write in the plural is because CiaoCortina is the result of the work of two brothers. We both live in Cortina all year round.

... we don't want to advertise, but honestly tell you what we love about Cortina...

All the recommendations, considerations and articles you'll find on this website are sincere and disinterested. This is not a "soulless" website full of ads: everything you'll read, every recommendation of what to see or where to go, is written without ulterior motives.

These are the same suggestions we could give to a friend of ours who, coming to visit us, asks us for a recommendation.

The Ampezzo valley seen from Mount Faloria

Our interest is not to advertise, but to let you know what we sincerely love about Cortina. In fact, no recommendation is paid in any way.

... we want to thank all the tourists who allow this town to live...

We believe that living in the "Pearl of the Dolomites", as Cortina is often called, is a privilege that is granted to us thanks to those who come to visit it. We take this opportunity to thank all the tourists, who allow this town to live.

Why should you visit Cortina d'Ampezzo?

The name Queen of the Dolomites was not given without a reason. Cortina is a wonderful place. It has been built in a natural conformation that is unique in the world: a wide valley, surrounded by some of the most beautiful and characteristic mountains of the Dolomites.

... the panorama that will appear before you is magical, it will leave you breathless...

Reaching Cortina for the first time will take your breath away, the panorama that will appear before you is magical, almost surreal, so much so that the Dolomites have been considered a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Il Corso Italia di Cortina

These characteristics have made Cortina d'Ampezzo a very attractive place for every type of tourist: from those who love the mountains, who prefer less crowded months, to those who prefer stroll comfortably along the lively streets of the center, doing some shopping, and then eat in a luxury restaurant or in one of the wonderful mountain lodges of Cortina.

... in our travel guide we have tried to consider all types of tourism...

In writing the articles in our Cortina tourist guide we have tried to consider all types of tourism: from that oriented to experiencing nature, to that interested in worldliness and the good life.

Giau Pass in autumn

There will be some missing articles regarding "super luxurious" pastimes, because they don't represent us, but nonetheless we want to give you all our best recommendations on what to do and what to see in Cortina. We do our best to tell you both sides of the Queen of the Dolomites: touristic and naturalistic.

The two souls of Cortina

In towns like Cortina, which suffer a lot from seasonality, you can see two opposing realities. On the one hand there are the months of peak season, characterized by crowds, queues, traffic and the top of social life. On the other side there are the off-seasons, characterized by extreme tranquility, almost deserted streets, shops, bars, restaurants and businesses mostly closed.

... the transition periods are probably the best months to visit Cortina...

Obviously there are also the transition periods, in which the two souls merge in what are probably the best months to visit Cortina: those where the tourist flow is more reasonable, but the activities are still all open.

The pedestrian area of Cortina at night

This huge difference in the different months causes a kind of seasonal schizophrenia in residents and guests, with those who love and hate certain times of the year versus others. We recommend you to reflect on what you think would be the best months for you.

... remember that, at the end, Cortina is a small mountain village...

Finally, we must consider that a town like Cortina could be described as boring and limiting by some, but we believe that anyone who knows how to appreciate small things and quiet life will not agree.

Remember that, at the end, Cortina is a quiet mountain village: even in the moments of maximum turnout you can't hope to find the same stimuli that characterize, for example, large cities.

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The ads helped us cover the costs of running the website, but we decided to pay with our money. We want to try to see if this project is sustainable only thanks to the generosity of our visitors.

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