Symbol of style, fashion and La Dolce Vita, situated in the far North East corner of Veneto region at an altitude of 1.224m, Cortina d’Ampezzo confirms its position as a much-loved destination for sport enthusiasts. Recently declared a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO, Cortina enjoys a unique position in the heart of this natural spectacle, where the valley opens up into an almost circular basin, hemmed-in by four mountain passes.
The UN committee for Education, Science and Culture was in fact seduced, as were Goethe, Mario Rigoni, Stern and Le Corbusier, by the sheer beauty of these rocks, with their characteristically jagged yet monumental form, and their marvellous colours that change with the natural rhythm of the light and the weather. Universally considered one of the most attractive mountain sceneries in the world, the Dolomites are intrinsically fascinating because of their particular variety of shapes, with spires and towers in sharp contrast to the sudden horizontal surfaces of the ledges and plateaus. Science and beauty are joined together in the Dolomite rock. These are the qualities that lead to the nomination and subsequent selection of the Dolomites as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Area.
The Ampezzan valley is not only the Queen of nature and alpine charm, it is also a destination known throughout the sporting world – it was the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics – as a distinguished location for the many great events taking place here. The 1956 Winter Olympics, the first to be transmitted live on Italian television, put Cortina on the map internationally as a winter sport destination of excellence. The area offers perfectly groomed runs for every skill level, scenic cross-country routes, some of the most beautiful itineraries in the alps, walks and excursions on snow, breathtaking off-piste, and finally, the latest news: curling, ski-mountaineering, snow-shoeing and snowboarding.
Cortina d’Ampezzo confirms to be one of the best destination for sports passionate, whether as spectators of international events, or practicing one of the many snow sports on offer on the white trails of Cortina, trodden by world-famous athletes. When the winter gives way to the vivid colours and fragrances of summer, it is time to discover the many marvels hidden under the snow-cover. Whether you prefer green summer meadows scattered with a vast variety of alpine flowers, or the explosion of colours brought on by crisp autumn days, Cortina offers endless opportunities to enjoy the miracles of nature through excursions on foot or by bike and lots of other activities can be chosen within: trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, tennis, golf, mini golf, ice skating.
Expo Milano 2015, with its theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” is an invitation to a journey in search of concrete answers that will point the way towards sufficient and healthy food for all, while respecting the environment. But it is also an invitation to a journey through beauty and flavours, discovering the unique traditions and identity of each region. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Queen of the Dolomites and only Italian resort included in the prestigious Best of the Alps, expresses its unique identity through the Expo theme.It is a place that “feeds the body, the mind, and the heart” thanks to its excellent local gastronomic offerings, its resources and traditions, and its many events and activities.Feeding also involves cultivating, and Cortina offers a fertile terrain for the imagination, for innovation and new ideas. Food is also giving, reciprocal exchanges of experience, culture, in the highest sense of the word.