Things to do in Cortina d’Ampezzo

Our most recommended things to do in Cortina d’Ampezzo

From Venice: Dolomites, Lake Misurina, and Cortina Day Trip

1. From Venice: Dolomites, Lake Misurina, and Cortina Day Trip

Enjoy a memorable day exploring Europe's most beautiful range of mountains. During the day you'll make numerous stops at scenic viewpoints, walk around lakes, enjoy a Cortina city tour and walk on level terrain up in the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, from where you can enjoy a splendid view over this majestic mountain range. The beauty of the Dolomites is in their diversity. It will feel as if you have travelled from one mountain range to another such is the stark variation in scenery. During your Dolomites tour, you'll see glaciers in the distance, soaring peaks, emerald green lakes surrounded by forests of pine and larch with reflections of the mountains mirrored on their calm waters, and typical Tyrolean villages clinging to the mountainsides. At the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, at an altitude of 2,360m (7,500 ft), you'll enjoy one of the best views of the mountains, where you can gaze out across a myriad of peaks and valleys as far as the eye can see. Visit the cosmopolitan Cortina and walk around its delightful centre to peruse the many picturesque shops. And after a fulfilling day spent in the Dolomites, sit back and relax on the way back to Venice through the ever-changing scenery of the mountains illuminated by the late afternoon sun.

From Venice: Cortina and Dolomites Mountains Day Tour

2. From Venice: Cortina and Dolomites Mountains Day Tour

Escape the crowds of Venice and take a day trip to the Dolomites, with stops at Cortina, Misurina Lake, and Auronzo Lake. See fabulous scenery and get plenty of opportunities to take epic photographs. Pass through tunnels with astonishing views of canyons and valleys, which appear as if from nowhere. The scenery in this region is quite simply some of the most breathtaking in Europe. Upon arrival in Cortina, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Dolomites,” you will have approximately 90 minutes free time to stroll around the town, and take in the picturesque views of the mountains. Weather permitting, you will also be able to take the cable car up to Faloria, which overlooks the town of Cortina from its lofty 7,000-foot high mountain perch. Continue your trip towards Lake Misurina, taking the toll road up to outstanding peaks of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. At 7,740 feet (2,360 meters), it will reward you with yet more unforgettable views of the Dolomites. Take time to stroll around and breathe in that fresh mountain air. Alternatively, break for an optional lunch, and admire the mountain peaks and spectacular backdrop of Sorapis, and Marmarole. After lunch, drive to picturesque Lake Auronzo, passing through enchanting mountain villages as you head back towards Venice, and your final drop-off point.

Dolomites Snowshoe (and Sled): Private Tour near Cortina

3. Dolomites Snowshoe (and Sled): Private Tour near Cortina

Your private snowshoe-tour through the Dolomites will commence at your hotel, with a convenient pick up service. After a short meet and greet with your guide, you will set-off on your Winter adventure.  Benefit from an instructional demonstration on how to use the snowshoes, assuring that you feel comfortable and confident for the rest of the day. Your informative guide will show you how to walk along the trails, making your experience as pleasant as possible.  You will only need a backpack, a pair of hiking shoes and the desire to discover the Dolomites during the winter season. Together with your guide, you will enter the snow-covered woods and hike on easy, white trails before eventually reaching a warm place where you can enjoy something to drink and snack on. You will truly enjoy the magic of winter on this tour through the Dolomites on an exclusively private experience.

Bolzano: Best of the Dolomites in One Day Private Tour

4. Bolzano: Best of the Dolomites in One Day Private Tour

Following a pickup from your hotel, you’ll head first to Bolzano, gateway to the Dolomites and capital of the province South Tyrol. Cross the Eggental valley that runs eastward between the Rosengarten massif and the Latemar mountain range. This road was built in 1894 when the territory was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Stop at Lake Carezza, the most beautiful lake of the western Dolomites, for a 30-minute break and walk around the lake. Next, arrive at Karerpass where you’ll see the historical Residence Grand Hotel Carezza, built in 1893, this was the first luxury hotel in the Dolomites and has hosted very important guests including the Empress Sissi, Winston Churchill, and Agatha Christie. From the Karerpass you’ll reach the Fassa Valley in Trentino and pass through the towns of Vigo di Fassa and Canazei to arrive under the imposing peaks of the Sella group. From here, begin a long series of 27 hairpin bends that will lead you to the famous Pordoi Pass at an altitude of 2,239m above sea level. Enjoy a one-hour break or take the cable car to Sass Pordoi at an altitude of 2,950m. From the Pordoi Pass, go down to the village of Arabba and continue east to the Falzarego Pass, the gateway to the eastern Dolomites. You’ll reach Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy’s premier mountain resort known as the Pearl of the Dolomites where the Winter Olympic Games were hosted in 1956. Cortina, together with Milan, will once again host the Winter Olympics in 2026. From Cortina, the next stop will be Lake Misurina with its incredible panoramic view of Three Peaks of Lavaredo. The lake, with its view of the peaks to the north and Sorapis to the south, is the most famous image of the Dolomites in the world. Just 20 minutes from Lake Misurina you’ll have the opportunity for a brief stop at another important lake in the Eastern Dolomites, Lake Dobbiaco. From Dobbiaco, you’ll reach the extreme northeast of Italy just a few kilometers from the border with Austria for the great finale of the day: a visit to the famous Lake Braies. From here, you’ll return to Bolzano via the Pusteria and the Isarco valleys.

From Cortina: Dolomites 1-Day Tour

5. From Cortina: Dolomites 1-Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel in Cortina, start the tour by driving along the historical old Roman road SR48 which runs through the Dolomites. Receive a fancy map with your itinerary of the day to better understand the trip and to remember it. Encounter the first mountains above the Cortina valley including the Cristallo, Pomagagnon, Sorapiss, and Antelao, then Becco di Mezzodì, Tofana, 5 Torri and Croda da Lago. Admire the views and take photos. Throughout the tour, your driver will be happy to accommodate stops for pictures and provide information about the mountains, history, and traditions of the area. Continue on until you reach Passo Falzarego where you will have the possibility to board the Lagazuoi cable car which offers amazing views from its terrace.  Learn about how this area has an important WWI history due to the struggles between Italians and Austrians for territory gain. Head on through Passo Valparola with views of Marmolada Glacier and Alta Badia Valley. Then, drive down to San Cassiano and Corvara and up again to Passo Gardena facing the square-shaped Sella group of mountains. Arrive at Selva di Val Gardena, famous for its wood carvings workshops which you will have an opportunity to visit.  Go further through Passo Sella facing the Sassolungo group of mountains and Marmolada again. Arrive at the top of the Passo Pordoi and enjoy the Terrace of the Dolomites cable car (if timings permits). Drive further through the scenic Passo Giau facing Croda da Lago mountain. Drive down back into the Cortina Valley where you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Cortina: Private Full-Day Hike through The Dolomites

6. Cortina: Private Full-Day Hike through The Dolomites

Enjoy a private hiking tour through The Dolomites with a knowledgeable and professional local mountain guide. Throughout your hike, your guide will make sure you have the time to take pictures and enjoy dramatic views of The Dolomites. All you need is a backpack, a pair of hiking shoes, and the desire to discover some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. In the greater Cortina d'Ampezzo area, there are plenty of different hiking possibilities available. Decide with your group where to go and what to see depending on your fitness level, equipment, and weather conditions. Some examples of areas you can visit include the famous Three Peaks and its historical tunnels, the Fanes-Sennes-Braies group, the well known Lake Sorapis, and Lake Misurina. Under your expert guide's supervision, walk at a moderate pace, allowing you time to enjoy the beauty and tranquil atmosphere that surrounds these special places.

Express Bus Service: Venice to Cortina

7. Express Bus Service: Venice to Cortina

Head to the Pearl of the Dolomites directly from Venice with this comfortable coach transfer. Leave directly from Piazzale Roma and reach Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2 hours and 45 minutes. The transfer is quick, comfortable, and economical. The same service is also available from the Mestre train station (taking 2 hours 35 minutes) and Venice Marco Polo Airport (taking 2 hours 20 minutes). A return transfer from Cortina to Marco Polo Airport, Mestre, and Venice is available as well. Once you have loaded your luggage in the compartment underneath, board the bus and enjoy the comfortable, air-conditioned ride to Cortina D'Ampezzo with some stops along the way.

Direct Coach Venice Airport or Mestre to Cortina

8. Direct Coach Venice Airport or Mestre to Cortina

Are you landing at Marco Polo Airport or arriving by train at Mestre railway station and looking for a direct connection to Cortina d'Ampezzo? Then, this is the right service for you: quick, comfortable and immediately available at the airport. If you are landing at Marco Polo Airport, exit from the main arrivals hall and go to the right following directions for the Tour Bus Park. There, you will find the ATVO Express bus to Cortina. If you are arriving at the Mestre train station, you just need to follow the "Bus" directions along track nr. 1 inside the station and you will get to the secondary exit just in front of your bus departure stop. Once you have loaded your luggage underneath, you can get on and enjoy a comfortable trip on-board of an air-conditioned coach.

Cortina d’Ampezzo: Cortina, Valleys, and Lakes Guided Tour

9. Cortina d’Ampezzo: Cortina, Valleys, and Lakes Guided Tour

Witness the charm of the Dolomite Mountains on a day trip around the lakes and valleys. Get picked up in Cortina d'Ampezzo and journey to Passo Falzarego or Passo Giau on one side of the valley, then to Lake Misurina on the other, to fully appreciate the wide perspective of Belluno Province. Drive through Passo Falzarego or Passo Giau which are constructed high along the edges of the mountains. Learn from your guide about the towns, villages, and ski resorts you’ll see from your window. Cross the valley to Lake Landro and see Tre Crime di Lavaredo towering in the distance. Head south to the Cristallo Mountain Group, which includes Pomagnon and Faloria. See breathtaking sights like Monte Antelao, known as “King of the Dolomites” for its domineering peak. Continue the route to Lake Misurina, the largest natural lake in the region, and take in surreal views of the mountains overshadowing the idyllic hotels. Contrast this with the peaceful waters of Lake Sorapis which is nestled within the mountain range and gives life to the flora and fauna. If you’d like one more adventure, there’s time for a cable car ride before returning to Cortina (not included). Catch a glimpse of even more landmarks like Croda da Lago and Lagazuoi mountains on the way back.

Venice: Private Transfer to/from Cortina D’Ampezzo

10. Venice: Private Transfer to/from Cortina D’Ampezzo

Enjoy a hassle-free van and water taxi transfer from your hotel in the San Marco area in Venice to your accommodation in Cortina D'Ampezzo. Have help with your luggage and travel by water taxi to the closest pier. Be picked up from the reception area of your hotel and avoid the stress of struggling with your bags with the included assistance to the water taxi. Hop aboard and zip through the canals of Venice on the way to connect with the van. Hop aboard an air-conditioned van with plenty of space for you and your luggage. Sit back and relax knowing that the vehicle is maintained to the highest safety standards. Drive to Cortina D'Ampezzo and be dropped off directly at your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Cortina d’Ampezzo

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 134 reviews

Simone, our guide, excellent!! knowledge, humor, engaged with our group the whole day. We had enough time in each spot to enjoy and take it all in. He made us all comfortable, and interested in where we were. The tour was our last trip in Italy before going back home. we can't recommend this tour and Simone enough!! Grazie Mille!!!

Simone was a great driver and guide! Very entertaining and gave good suggestions and information. The scenery was spectacular. Some significant winding roads, so be mindful of possible car sickness. But had frequent enough stops for short walks and photo opportunities. Would highly recommend this tour!

Absolutely would recommend this tour it was one of the highlights of our trip. Simone was an unbelievably great guide and made us fell like locals.

Spent a wonderful day seeing the Dolomiti with a knowledgeable and personable guide. Very informative and absolutely stunning views.

Simone was fabulous, he was well inform and he gave us great tips on where to eat so we can have a great time.