Ancient Traditions of Cortina d’Ampezzo

The town has not only managed to preserve ancient tradition that is long lost elsewhere, but has also successfully created a coexistence between the ancient and more contemporary aspects of culture.

May 2, 2017

Cortina d’Ampezzo is not only a sport and tourism destination, it is also a cultural adventure.

 

Within the culture that sets it apart, the town has not only managed to preserve ancient tradition that is long lost elsewhere, but has also successfully created a coexistence between the ancient and more contemporary aspects of culture.

Thanks to institutions like the Regole d’Ampezzo that date back to Celtic and Roman times, and educational establishments like Scuola d’Arte, cultural heritage and artisan techniques have been preserved and passed down through generations.

Regenerate the Mind

A holiday in Cortina means rediscovering the town’s history, culture, language and its deepest state of meaning. It lets you rediscover yourself, a vacation to regenerate both physically and spiritually. The landscape is therapeutic, embedded in its unique Cortina history and the quintessence of the connection between mankind and nature.

Building Bridges Across Europe

The Ladin language bridges the two European worlds of Germanic and Latin languages. This two-thousand-year-old language is synonymous with unique personality, closely connected to the region, the Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage, and the natural arena of mythical legends that define life and understanding of surrounding, history, and the most profound structure of human existence.

Haven of Handicrafts

The peoples of the Dolomites are renowned in Italy for their artisan expertise. Like other traditions, this too has been passed from generation to generation.

In these modern times, such skills are not passed on via specialized schools like the Art High School in Cortina. Here, students are trained in the art of working with iron, timber, glass, brass, and other materials. Woodwork is the most prominent craft in the region. Val Gerdana, also known as the valley of woodcarvers, is where craftsmen produce brilliant masterpieces. Visitors to this and other villages like Ortisei and Cortina d’Ampezzo can stop by artists’ workshops for souvenirs in memory of their trip.

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