Discover the Charm of Dolomites

Hiking the majestic Alps that border Italy, Austria, and Switzerland, offers spectacular views unseen anywhere else in the world.

May 2, 2017

A Towering Jewel

Northern Italy is a rare jewel in the crown of this proud country’s rich heritage. Offset by the historical charm of Rome, the golden rolling hills of Tuscany, and the diverse culture displayed in each province, the region of the Dolomites Alps offers a unique and enriching experience. Hiking the majestic Alps that border Italy, Austria, and Switzerland, offers spectacular views unseen anywhere else in the world.

Cortina Col Drusciè and the Great War Museum

Cortina has been dubbed by locals and travelers alike as the “Pearl of the Dolomites”.

This lovely destination boasts some of the most creative hiking tours in Italy. The famed Col Drusciè Astro Ring is a highly specialized, educational hike that takes hikers along a path of about 1.5 kilometers. It features two distinct trails dubbed “The Path of the Planets” and “The Path of the Universe.” The first of the hikes boasts panels at each stop with detailed pictures and facts about the celestial bodies under their real-life position in the sky. The second allows walkers to retrace a scaled version of the entire path of the universe.

Cortina d’Ampezzofeatures numerous open-air museums. The most popular of these stands is, by some distance, The Great War Museum, located up in the mountains. The hike to reach the museum can be taken by guided tour and with local experts who, through their extensive knowledge, ensure one learns to appreciate the intriguing history of what took place here over a century ago.

For those more free-spirited travelers, there are many hiking paths that can be taken without a guide. Cortina offers 400 kilometers of guided footpaths winding leisurely through the hills and valleys. This allows its patrons to experience a truly unique hike so everyone has a different story to tell. From waterfalls to peaceful meadows, these majestic hills are truly a treasure.

A Journey for the Soul

Northern Italy has an underrated but incredibly rich historical culture of its own. It is magical place worth discovering and one that, through its majestic beauty, seems to enrich and refresh the soul.

Cristallo, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cortina d'Ampezzo

Complete relaxation, elegant cuisine, and natural beauty await guests of our resort’s refined facilities and fin de siècle atmosphere.

Cortina d’Ampezzo and Hollywood

Cortina d’Ampezzo has an illustrious past, with many famous faces regularly spotted in its hallways.

Introducing Cardinale, the legendary cocktail from La Dolce Vita

While La Dolce Vita reigned, barman at Excelsior Hotel created the Cardinale Cocktail in 1950. A Cardinal suggested the recipe to his bartender, and the idea was a success with the other clients too, so the bartender christened the cocktail with the name “Cardinale”.

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