In this chapter we will cover the most sought-after tourist destination from all over the world, surrounded by impressive rocky mountains: Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Cortina d'Ampezzo, the queen of the Dolomites, is a renowned winter and summer tourist resort of world renown, enriched with worldliness, culture, good food: it is the scene of numerous international sporting events related to mountain sports and, during high season, it guests over thirty thousand tourists. Its success is due to the fascist regime which, in the 1930s, encouraged its development to make it equal to other famous towns such as Davos and St. Moritz in the Swiss Alps.
During the Winter Olympics of 1956, the whole world knew its splendor due to memorable moments that went down in history. Cortina d'Ampezzo, in fact, is located in the middle of the wide and sunny Conca d'Ampezzo, in the upper Valle del Boite, between the Cadore and Val Pusteria, the thermal basin of an ancient glacier. Its historic center is mostly composed of hotels, restaurants, cafés, shops and often very elegant meeting places, which extend for almost three kilometers along the state road n. 51.
Its rich area today offers many possibilities for nature lovers, including dozens of kilometers of downhill and cross-country tracks, a boundless network of trails, cycle paths and climbing gyms. Its installations have always been an example of sustainable and cutting-edge mobility, with a vision towards the future, in order to eliminate architectural barriers as much as possible. So that everyone can enjoy and have access to the mountain, from dawn to dusk, so as to admire the magic that only the Dolomites, a World Heritage Site, can give. This is one of the great challenges of Cortina d’Ampezzo, transforming the plants into real public transport and more. Today we find some facilities like the one in Faloria, the Lagazuoi and the 5 Torri that are also accessible to the disabled.
Inside the Natural Park of the Dolomiti d'Ampezzo there are geological formations dating back to the period between the Middle Triassic (230 million years ago) and the Upper Cretaceous (90 million years ago) of the Mesozoic era, consisting of rocks such as dolomite and limestone. In the park we find a vegetation that gradually fades towards the green pastures, populated by magnificent larches and cembran pine trees, often centuries-old, large coniferous forests that cover entire valleys up to about 1900 meters, and then make way for thick pine-tree shrubs.
A variety of forest, rocky and aquatic environments that characterize the territory of the Ampezzo Dolomites and that determine its wealth, hosting a large number of animal species. To dance between these valleys we find the Boite and Fanes torrents, cramped and deep, the first forming a series of spectacular waterfalls under Malga Ra Stua, the second instead, develops in three waterfalls, each more than 50 meters high, and are particularly suggestive and thunderous due to the large amount of water flowing through it.
-Sagra d'Ampezzo, celebrates the opening of the season of rural festivals, which from early July to the end of August will enliven the summer of the paths and the districts of the basin, of Cadin, Cortina, Key, Alverà, Zuel and Azon. It’s a great opportunity to experience the genuine spirit of the queen of the Dolomites outdoors, with a good amount of sweets, typical recipes and fun.