Exploring the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites
Established in 1990, the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites is part of the UNESCO world heritage and covers an area of 11,500 hectares north of the centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo, toward the border between Veneto and Alto Adige.
The Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites is seated on the eastern section of the Italian Alps and surrounded by mountains, some towering above 3,200 meters. They are part of the UNESCO world heritage sites found in Italy. The site is classified as a national park by the government. Bordering the Natural Park of Fanes-Senes-Braies to the north, they form about 37,000 hectares of matching wilderness and a hotbed of adventure.
There is hardly any specific best time to visit the Cortina d’Ampezzo. Spring and summer come with exciting activities like mountain biking, hiking, picnics, and golfing. In winter, you can bring your snowshoes and ski equipment for a fun-filled adventure.
Finding space for adventure.
The bike trails will take you through some fascinating landscapes in the Dolomites. You can bring your bike or pick a rental at one of the sites. The expert trail is a great place to challenge gravity with high-flying stunts, and breakneck downhill riding. The exciting descent can be preceded by a delightful lift as you enjoy a panoramic view of the trails from the air.
In summer, you can board Tofana Express to the Tofana di Mezzo, the highest peak in Cortina. The cable car will drop you on a panoramic terrace atop the mountain. Prepare to lose your breath as you soak in the beauty of the Dolomiti in full circle. The place is known to attract hundreds of climbing enthusiasts, so it is best to check the timings if you want a more private experience.
You will be blown away by the rich biodiversity. Hidden within the Cortina d’Ampezzo are impressive rock shelters and countless bogs. There are extensive forests, grasslands, bushes, and surprisingly, a series of Rolling Meadows at high altitude. During your hike, you may spot some open huts and a few heads of cattle.
The ski area offers about 40 kilometers of slope and some the best 360-degree skiing experiences in the Alps. The world-class facility was home to the 1956 Winter Olympics and will host the World Cup in 2021. Snowboarding is another fun activity that you should try, as well as snowshoeing. The Uphill spa provides a great way to soothe your muscles after a long day of activities.
The Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites is bound to be a showstopper for the whole family. If you think that the fun stops at nature, then you haven’t visited the 9-hole golf course or the Olympic Ice Stadium. They have tennis courts, a mini-golf course for the little ones, and a paddle court, which is an adapted form of tennis. Seated in the woods is an obstacle adventure course, complete with suspended bridges and pulleys.
Indeed, the Italian landscape has a lot more to offer the wanderlust. Check our website for more exciting destinations in the country.