Cortina d’Ampezzo, southern Alps

Cortina d’Ampezzo, commonly referred to as Cortina, is a town and comune in the heart of the southern (Dolomitic) Alps in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. It has a population of 5,900 inhabitants.

Dolomiti UNESCO WORLD Natural Heritage

Dolomiti UNESCO WORLD Natural Heritage

Situated on the Boite river, in an alpine valley, Cortina d’Ampezzo is a popular winter sport resort known for its skiing trails, scenery, accommodation, shops and après-ski (after skiing) scene, and for its jet set (international social group of wealthy people) and aristocratic European crowd.

Cortina d'Ampezzo Town Map

Cortina d’Ampezzo Town Map

My accommodation, Hotel Impero Cortina d'Ampezzo.

My accommodation, Hotel Impero Cortina d’Ampezzo.

I stayed this hotel for 2 days, it was comfortable stay, the room was clean and staffs were helpful and friendly.

Hotel Impero; the reception room and view from my room balcony.

Hotel Impero; the reception room and view from my room balcony.

I put the luggage in the room and went out exploring the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, old town area.

Cortina d’Ampezzo, old town area.

Battisti Street of Cortina d'Ampezzo

Battisti Street of Cortina d’Ampezzo

Going to the Piazza Roma (Rome square)

Going to the Piazza Roma (Rome square)

Corso Italia Street of Cortina d'Ampezzo

Corso Italia Street of Cortina d’Ampezzo

Piazza Venezia (Venice Square) on the Corso Italia Street

Piazza Venezia (Venice Square) on the Corso Italia Street

Ciasa De Ra Regoles: the former local government, now turned into a museum.

Ciasa De Ra Regoles: the former local government, now turned into a museum.

Church of Saints Philip and James

Church of Saints Philip and James

Basilica of Saints Philip and James on Piazza Roma (Roma square)

Basilica of Saints Philip and James on Piazza Roma (Roma square)

The Basilica of Saints Philip and James, dedicated to the Apostles Filippo and Giacomo, patron of the country, is home to the parish and the deanery of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

The bell tower and the high altar of the Basilica of Saints Philip and James.

The bell tower and the high altar of the Basilica of Saints Philip and James.

The Church of Saints Philip and James was built between 1769 and 1775 on the site where two previous churches had been the thirteenth and sixteenth century, it is the pride of the community.

La Ciaṣa de Comun (town hall) of Cortina.

La Ciaṣa de Comun (town hall) of Cortina is a palace in the Tyrolean style.

The city center is full of boutiques, shops and small shops of local crafts.

The city center is full of boutiques, shops and small shops of local crafts.

Restaurant Pizzeria "Il Ponte (The Bridge)" I had lunch here.

Restaurant Pizzeria “Il Ponte (The Bridge)” I had lunch here.

There is a medieval stone bridge close to the restaurant. The arch bridge is very beautiful. I walked over the bridge after lunch.

The stone bridge, view from the front of the restaurant.

The stone bridge, view from the front of the restaurant.

The stone bridge of Cortina d'Ampezzo; The bridge over the Bigontina River. Walking across the bridge. Views of Cortina d'Ampezzo, from the bridge.

The stone bridge of Cortina d’Ampezzo; The bridge over the Bigontina River. Walking across the bridge. Views of Cortina d’Ampezzo, from the bridge.

Cortina d’Ampezzo is very quiet and picturesque town. The town nestled among the autumn leaves.

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