Cortina d'Ampezzo is a wonderful location any time of year, but depending on when you visit it, it offers very different experiences: summer and winter seasons are busier, with the periods of Christmas and August being characterized by mass tourism, events, sophistication.
...Cortina offers different experiences, depending on the seasonality...
The other months are quieter, less chaotic and more suitable for sports, relaxing and to enjoy the peace, surrounded by nature. In this page we want to give you an idea of what to expect, month by month, when you visit Cortina d'Ampezzo, in order to understand which period would be your favourite.(1) July in Corso Italia. (2) The relaxing calm of the off-season. (3) Cortina in high season.
Some useful information
As you have surely already read between the lines, we always recommend to call before going to some place or use some service. In high season the phone call allows you to book a table, while in off season it allows you to make sure the place is open and accessible. Mid-seasons guarantee the ideal situation, but calling before is always recommended to avoid bad surprises.(1) Corso Italia at the end of July. (2) The center of Cortina in low season. (2) The center of Cortina in high season.
If you want to go skiing or on a trip, I recommend leaving early. Parking your car at 8:30 a.m. provides almost guaranteed parking, both on the ski slopes and in the spaces reserved for hikers. Leave the late wake-up call to bad weather days, and in that case try to walk to move. One of the unsolved problems of Cortina are the parking lots, always too few compared to the needs of the high season, especially at peak periods. Take a walk if you can, it's good for your health and saves you some stress for parking.
If you want to have some information about parking in Cortina, which is one of the critical points of this beautiful resort, we invite you to visit the page where we have listed and described all the parking lots in Cortina, free and paid.
If you want to stay in a hotel during peak season, it's extremely important to book in advance. If you really can't find a place to stay in the more crowded weeks, the only option left is to try to find an alternative period for your vacation. We have extensively discussed the interesting things to do each month, so you could identify some days that you might like in the lower season, and try to come at that time. We know that it's not easy to change the days of the vacations, but there are some weeks where Cortina is really crowded. Who knows, maybe you could find the pleasure of a quieter vacation, with all the services available without exaggerated queues and confusion wherever you go.
Tourist flows in Cortina
About tourist flow in Cortina d'Ampezzo, we want to show you some statistics prior to the Covid emergency. The average influx is over 200,000 people in summer and almost 300,000 presences in winter. This statistic examines the months from May to September for the summer season and from December to April for the winter season. Both houses and hotels are included in the count.
An analysis of the nationality of the tourist says that mostly are from Italy, with more than 50% of the total number of visitors. The tourists from foreign countries are mainly from Germany, United States, United Kingdom and France. The number of arrivals from foreign countries has been steadily increasing since 2005, although it is obvious to assume a decline in the years 2020 and 2021. Foreign presences are concentrated in the lower season months, while August and December are clearly dominated by Italian tourism.(1) Rain in the low season. (2) Autumn trees in Cortina. (3) Winter in Cortina.
This article is only a part of a larger information project, so I recommend you to also read the articles on what to do in Cortina in summer and what to do in Ampezzo in winter. If you have found bad weather, I recommend the page on what to do in Cortina in case of rain. Hoping that you liked this article about the monthly touristic flow in Cortina d'ampezzo, before saying goodbye, we remind you that you can read all the other articles we have written about where to go in Cortina d'Ampezzo by clicking here.
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