Resort guide to Cortina d'Ampezzo - Italy

Traditional ski resort with stunning scenery and extensive skiing

Cortina d'Ampezzo resort guide - a general overview

Set amidst the stunning Dolomites, the scenery surrounding Cortina compliments the attractiveness of the traditional town making the resort a truly desirable winter sports destination. Although the town has an upmarket, glitzy reputation there is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and plenty of bars and restaurants to frequent in the evening. The skiing is fairly extensive and has something for everyone and there are plenty of other activities to do off the slopes. Some of the hotels in Cortina are a throw back to days gone by, where waiters serve cocktails in splendid uniforms, in opulent suroundings. Ski holidays in Cortina are about more than just the skiing.

Photos courtesy of the Cortina Tourist Office and the following photographers: www.dgbandion.com, www.stefanozardini.com, www.giuseppeghedina.com and Dino Colli.

Resort stats


1,220m - 2,930m

Level of skiing

Snow sure
Ski area


Charm factor
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value


  • Stunning scenery
  • Good nursery slopes and long intermediate cruising
  • Great apres ski
  • Non-skiers will find plenty to do here
  • Uncrowded slopes


  • Ski areas are spread around the sides of the resort and linked by bus

Cortina d'Ampezzo Resort Restaurants

A foodie's paradise - the very smart and very expensive El Toula is a must. Situated in an old barn on the edge of town the food is magnificent in a rustic setting. Some of the best restaurants are a little further out of town - the Michelin starred Tivoli, and the Sanbrite are the standout restaurants however there are many excellent restuarants in Cortina; Da Aurelio, Baita Fraina, Al Camin, Pie Tofana, El Camineto and La Corte del Lampone to name just a few. In town we recommend Tratoria Passetto for good piza and pasta, Cinque Torre and the Tavernetta. Restaurant Dolom Eats we recommend for those who want to try a traditional Ladin menu.

Cortina d'Ampezzo Mountain Restaurants

Lunch on the slopes is one of the major plus factors about Cortina. In the Socrepes area the Rifugio Col Taron is tops, while the newly renovated Baita Piè Tofana (in the Tofana Ski Area), Rifugio Pomedes and El Faral follow closely by. The Col Druscie and El Sorei have been recomended by some our clients as well. At Cristallo the Rio Gere and the Rifugio son Foca are both worth a visit. The Cinque Torri area boasts some good restaurants as well with the restaurant Da Aurelio and Rifugio Averau highly recommended as well as Scoiattoli, the Rufugio Fedare and finally the Rifugio Lagazuoi. You wont find any self service restaurants in Cortina!

Cortina d'Ampezzo Apres Ski

This is a lively resort for apres ski. There are some very nice tea-time spots, the Lovat being the pick of the bunch, however if you want something a little stronger there are many wine bars to choose from. Enoteca, Osteria, Villa Sandi, Dok-Dall'Ava, and Brio di Vino offer a wide choice of wines, with cheese and ham to compliment. Enoteca Baita Fraina and the Wine Bar Alexander Gusto Antico (where the famous sommelier Mattia Cianca works - he won the award of best Italian sommelier in 2019). On the slopes you must go to The Chalet Tofane - this recently renovated restaurant in Socrepes (Tofana) is where there is always a DJ set in the afternoons with great music and a fun atmosphere. In town instead I would add ).

Cortina d'Ampezzo Nightlife

Night clubs and bars come alive after 11pm. The livliest is the Janbo. You can also try the fancy disco VIP.

Cortina d'Ampezzo Resort Map

  • Funicular Funicular
  • Cable car Cable Car
  • Gondola Gondola
  • Chair lift Chair lift
  • Drag lift Drag lift
  • Map marker Property
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