What to do in Cortina if it rains

In this article, we'll advise you on what you can do in case of rain or snow during your vacation.

Quick index (Click to expand) Introduction Some shopping The Eden cinema or the Alexander Hall A visit to the "Musei delle Regole" Treat yourself to a sweetness Warm up with a drink Go to the restaurant Indoor sports Saunas and Spas Conclusion


Cortina d'Ampezzo is a wonderful town, but like all places, sometimes there's the risk of rain. Fortunately, on the contrary of the seaside resorts, where in case of bad weather everything becomes depressing, the mountain environment makes the gloomy days more pleasant. Going to the bar for a warm drink or an aperitif, when outside rains, has a special charm in Cortina.

...the mountain environment makes gloomy days more pleasant...

Surely it's not ideal to be on vacation in the rain, but there is still something interesting to do. If you feel that we forgot any advice, don't hesitate to contact us: new ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

The minor basilica of Cortina d'Ampezzo with the rain
The Basilica of Cortina.
Corso Italia in Cortina almost deserted on a rainy day
Corso Italia, almost deserted on a rainy day.
People in front of the Cooperative of Cortina on a rainy day
Waiting for the "Cooperativa" to open.

First of all, it's important to say that Cortina is a place that is very much influenced by the seasons. In some periods of the year, those in which there is less affluence, the climate is rainier. During the most crowded periods, the climate is definitely better. The absolute least rainy month is February.

In high season there are more activities that can be done in rainy days, while in low season many places may be closed. This is due to the fact that the tourist presence, in certain months, is almost non-existent. Several activities prefer to close rather than pay fixed costs without the prospect of making at least some money. However, try not to despair, there is always something to do and there are several places open all year.
If you are interested in better understanding the dynamics of tourism in Cortina, do not forget to read the article on seasonality in Cortina throughout the year.

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Some shopping:

At the risk of appearing trivial, the first thing to do when it rains in Cortina is a trip to the stores. With the excuse that the bad weather is forcing you to stay at home or in the hotel, you'll probably find time for the purchases you haven't managed to make yet. Think about whether you want to buy the padded sock or the new shoe, the technical item or the product that would have come useful but you're still missing. On the plus side, you're not in a hurry, so you can take your time to take a look to the shelves for some inspiration. The stores are almost all concentrated in the area of Corso Italia, so an umbrella will be enough to keep you dry. You can read more about what to see in Corso Italia in this article.

The Eden cinema or the Alexander Hall

Although not comparable to the big multiplexes you are surely used to, there is a small cinema in Cortina as well. Going down the stairs in front of the Bar Sport you'll find on your right the entrance of the Cinema Teatro EdenSmall icon map, a single theater with 280 seats, perhaps it's a bit dated, but here you can watch a good movie. If you are reading this probably you speak english, but some movies (few, to be honest) are in english. In certain periods of the year the cinema is converted to a conferences hall, generally with the projection of short films, so it is better to check in advance the programming and any closures.
In addition to the internet, you can see the movies scheduled also on the billboard near the entrance door of the cinema and on the bulletin board displayed on the Old town hall of CortinaSmall map icon, near the bell tower. If you are lucky, you might find a good way to spend a couple of hours in the dry. Caution: the seats are not bookable, so it's best to get in a little early. At the moment the Cortina cinema is under renovation and screenings take place in the Alexander Girardi Hall.

A visit to the museums of the "Regole":

Although they are not too advertised, there are three very interesting museums in Cortina. Inside the halls of the "Ciasa de Ra Regoles"Small icon map you can visit the Museum of Modern Art Mario Rimoldi, one of the most important private collections of modern art in Italy. On display there are works by artists such as De Chirico, Morandi, Martini and Rotella, donated to the Regole in 1974 by the widow of Mario Rimoldi, a well-known art collector and patron of the arts from Cortina. Moving away a little from the center, you can reach the Multipurpose Center Alexander Girardi HallSmall map icon, where there are the other two museums: the Ethnographic Museum "Regole d'Ampezzo" and the Paleontological Museum "Rinaldo Zardini".

The first is an exhibition space that tells the story and the the usefulness of the "Regole d'Ampezzo", an old institution for the protection of the territory, as well as a selection of handicraft objects and ancient Ampezzo clothes.

The second is a museum dedicated to Rinaldo Zardini, a famous Ampezzo paleontologist known for having discovered thousands of fossils in the Cassian stratums around Cortina. The collection is one of the most complete in Europe and also includes some specimens of amber millions of years old. Not everyone knows that Cortina is a very interesting area from the paleontological point of view and under the Tofane mountains have been discovered the most ancient invertebrates preserved in amber in the world (over 230 million years old), called precisely Triassic amber. This discovery was really very important for geologists around the world, here you can read an article in english, from pnas.org, that talks about it.

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Treat yourself to a sweetness:

When the sky is gray and the air is cold, maybe the best way to warm your heart is a slice of cake with a hot chocolate. The pastry shops of Cortina are many and excellent, for example LovatSmall map icon or patisserie EmbassySmall map icon, but if I may make a suggestion, I personally think that pastry shop AlveràSmall map icon is a place to visit absolutely, with a selection of monoportions and mignon that will make you dream.
If you have a car, an alternative is given by the pastry shop FioriSmall map icon of San Vito di Cadore, a village about 15 kilometers from Cortina. Fiori pastry shop is one of the best reviewed bakeries in the area. Personally, I stop by at least a couple of times a year to eat the hot krapfen with nutella which, I assure you, alone is worth the trip (even in the rain).

Warm up with a drink:

If a slice of cake warms the heart, imagine what a good glass of mulled wine can do. When the weather doesn't help, perhaps a glass could be the best pastime. Don't forget that you're on vacation, if you want, you can break some rules... Whether you are at the restaurant, at home or at the bar, I suggest you look out the window and, while you are thinking about the programs ruined by bad weather, instead of getting caught up in the melancholy, take advantage of the opportunity to have some fun. It's not a secret: mountain people sometimes indulge in the pleasures of alcohol, so you will find in Cortina enough bars to amply satisfy your desire to be distracted. And if the weather forecast says that also tomorrow will be rainy, then you are allowed to have as many drinks as you want (have fun responsibly).

Go to the restaurant:

As you may have guessed, we consider bad weather a good opportunity to devote ourselves to the care of the spirit (the care of the body will be considered when the vacation end, or when the sun shines). A nice meal at the restaurant is a good option to spend some pleasant hours despite the rain. The restaurants in Cortina are many, and the quality bar is really high, it's hard to choose wrong. Whether it is a pizza, a traditional dish or the cuisine of a great Michelin-starred chef. If you want to know all we have to say about eating in Cortina, here you can read our article.

A second course at Pianozes Restaurant
A second course at Pianozes Restaurant.
An appetizer from Baita Fraina
An appetizer from Baita Fraina.
A second dish of Piè Tofana
A second dish of Piè Tofana.

Indoor sports:

In Cortina there are several indoor sports facilities. If you like ice skating I invite you to visit the Olympic Ice StadiumSmall map icon, where it is possible to find a skating rink of 30x60 meters covered and refrigerated with the possibility of being followed by a skating instructor.
Alternatively, near the stadium, there is the Sport climbing gym Lino LacedelliSmall map icon, an indoor climbing gym with over 80 routes from 3B to 8B+ with 30 meters of width and a maximum height of 24 meters.
If you want to play tennis there is an indoor court, usually quite popular, at the Tennis Country Club CortinaSmall map icon. At the moment Cortina lacks a good swimming pool, but it seems that the institutions are evaluating the requalification of the historical swimming pool of Guargné, currently out of use. We'll update the page as soon as we know something precise.
Before visiting any of the listed structures, I always suggest you to call them, to verify the actual opening and the availability.

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Saunas and Spas:

In Cortina the swimming pool is a lack that hurts, but there are in compensation some saunas and wellness centers, such as the Country Club aesthetic and wellness center, which is a dedicated business. Then there are other facilities that are inside hotels, but accessible to the public. You can find them at the'Hotel Columbia or l'Hotel Bellevue, not to forget the most luxurious Ultimate SPA at the Cristallo Hotel, consider, however, that it is a five-star hotel.

Before visiting any of the listed structures, I recommend a phone call, to verify that they are actually open and available.


As you can see, the possibilities offered by Cortina in case of bad weather are some. Unfortunately, it is a well-known fact that "the weather is unbearable", so if you find rain during your vacations, all you have to do is to have holy patience and find something to do.

If none of the above suggested activities are for you, you may consider buying a good book or spending some time doing those little jobs you never have time for, such as fixing your sports equipment, cleaning and waterproofing your shoes, giving your bike or skis a check-up and hoping the weather changes for the better.

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