Cortina d’Ampezzo… Our recommendations
The Ghedina family is pleased to offer you valuable advice on how to spend your vacation in Cortina d’Ampezzo, in order to help you appreciate its most authentic side.
Where to stay
Hotel Franceschi, a few steps from downtown, and Hotel Menardi,two kilometers away from Corso Italia, are ideal for those who look for excellent service while maintaining the cozy feeling of an attentive and caring family business. For those who don’t want to spend much, and are looking for a sober and well maintained ambiance, we recommend Da Beppe Sello and the nearby meublé Columbia, a few hundred meters from downtown.
Where to eat
Who, other than professional caterers, is the most qualified to give you advice on where to eat? The Ghedina family suggests the nearby Ristorante Pizzeria Al Passetto, a very popular venue, famous for its good food and the prompt and professional service. If you are looking for high quality restaurants located in dream landscapes, it’s worth a visit the Da Aurelio at Passo Giau,a really magical place. At the edge of the woods, 2 km away from downtown Cortina and under the slopes of Mount Faloria, you can find the Restaurant Baita Fraina; and at the Restaurant al Camin located in Alverà, one of the highest neighborhoods in Cortina, you can eat in a comfortable and rustic setting. Margot and Matteo Siorpaes await you at Ristorante Il Campanile in the brand new golf club house, located in a beautiful larch forest. The Restaurant Tivoli, with the famous chef Graziano Prest, is one of the best in Cortina and will ensure you an unforgettable sensory experience. For those who want to bring back home real culinary delights, there is the store La Piazzetta located in Corso Italia, where you can find classic dishes ready to take away, or traditional local specialties to cook at home, such as the casunziei filled with red beets or wild greens. For those looking for real gems, it’s worth a visit il Piccolo Brite: it’s the first cheese boutique in Cortina, located in the Alverà neighborhood, where you can buy cheese and salami of their own production, and other delicious products such as wine, handcrafted chocolate and the extremely popular Brite yogurt.
A step away from heaven: the high altitude refuges
If you want to admire the famous blazing sunsets and the pink sunrises of the Dolomites, you should spend the night in one of the high altitude refuges, located at over 2,000 meters. At the Rifugio Averau, Sandro and Paola pamper their guests with fine cuisine. Don’t miss the legendary alpenglow from the balconies of Rifugio Lagazuoi, 2,752 meters high. Some also offer unique services for both physical and mental health, with zero environmental impact. Such is the case of the Finnish sauna at the Rifugio Croda da Lago, or the hot tub at the Rifugio Scoiattoli, both heated only with wood, and located in very scenic areas.
There are plenty of choices for breakfast, and before or after dinner: in downtown Cortina you will find one after the other many coffee shops, bakeries, bars, wine bars and sandwich stores. At the Lovat or the Embassy. café you can find invigorating coffee and hot chocolate, accompanied by delicious desserts. For those who enjoy beer and live music we recommend the Birreria Hacker Pschorr and the disco bar Jambo.
In addition to its undeniable natural beauty, Cortina boasts one of the most famous streets for shopping. Overlooking Corso Italia there are many prestigious boutiques, where you can buy the best of Italian and international fashion, precious jewelry, antiques, and modern or contemporary art. But Cortina d’ Ampezzo offers much more than that. Thanks to its skilled craftsmen the offer ranges from the artistic processing of wood, for both furniture and sculptures, to the creation of objects made with iron, copper, brass, and glass, or the production of tiled stoves, the warm heart of the home. You can’t miss a visit to the store Artigianato Artistico Ampezzano and the Cooperativa di Cortina, the local mall where you can find traditional products of the Dolomite valleys and the latest fashion trends. The store Sottosopra, located in Via XXIX Maggio, sells clothing and objects made of felt and boiled wool, tablecloths and other products in an original mountain style. To those who love flowers, or are looking for original compositions and ideas for the home, we recommend the stores of the artisan Claudia Ampezzan, whose production is characterized by the use of raw material: Claudia uses only natural components according to the different seasons of the year, to ensure that every material best expresses its “distinctive soul”.
Everything for sports
A comprehensive system of lifts distributed to all sides of the valley, over 70 kilometers of ski slopes, mountain bike and hiking trails for all levels, rock climbing facilities and vie ferrate make Cortina a true sport paradise. To purchase sports equipment we recommended some well-stocked stores. K2 Sport is the reference point for skiing, climbing and hiking. At the store Quota 1224 you can find two exclusive trademarks of technical and sport clothing, Marmot and Frame, while the store Due&Due, in addition to selling sport goods, offers ski rental and repair in the winter, and bike rental during summer.