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ITALY: Breathes clean air and skiing on the alpine slopes of Cortina Ampezzo

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In Cortina, there are over 70 km of trails of various technical levels and types: from comfortable, flat, and straight trails to athletic itineraries, with multiple tracks and extra room for skaters.

The Fiames Nordic Center is ideal for beginners: it is possible to take lessons with the local ski instructors, to rent all the necessary equipment and to start learning on a mostly flat surface, while experienced cross-country skiers can challenge themselves on the highly technical tracks of the Passo Tre Croci.

Cortina belongs to the Dolomiti NordicSki association: Europe’s largest cross country skiing carousel, with over 1,300 km of tracks in ten different resorts.

In addition, Cortina has a long cross-country skiing tradition, with a historic race that takes place every year since 1977: the Granfondo Cortina-Dobbiaco, one of the most traditional ski marathon races in Italy, part of the international Visma Ski Classics Championship. The route on which the race takes place is the so called Via delle Dolomiti (“the Dolomites path”), former railway line that connects Cortina to Dobbiaco-Toblach. The race will be held on 23rd and 24th January (42 km in classic technique on the first day and 32 km in skating technique on the second day).

 

Breath, rest in peace, admire landscape

Snowshoeing is the ideal activity to enjoy the stillness of a snowy landscape in complete peace. It delivers the most authentic fresh snow experience, to take in the beauty of the snow-laden landscapes of the Dolomites and breathe pure air. The wide Ampezzo Valley, with its variety of landscapes, has countless snowshoeing itineraries to be discovered with local mountain guides.

Ski touring, also known as ski mountaineering, is a thrilling option to make the most of the winter landscape of the Dolomites. This sport puts together the slower, more contemplative phase of ascent with the higher-paced phase of descent, for a complete experience. Local mountain professionals are available to organise itineraries of different levels as well as for ski touring courses.

To make these experiences even more authentic while keeping them sustainable, it is possible to pick an itinerary passing by or arriving at one of Cortina’s mountain farms or agriturismi. These are not simply restaurants, they are farms or places where cattle graze in the summer, and some of them produce their own cheese, vegetables and other alpine delicacies in accordance with sustainable practices.

Cortina, a sustainable place and protection of environment

Cortina’s Hoteliers Association has defined a sustainability protocol for hotels to reduce waste and energy consumption with Green Key, one of the world’s most trusted ecolabels. Two of the town’s properties are in an advanced phase of the process to obtain the label: classic 5* luxury hotel Cristallo, a Luxury Collection Resort and SPA, and 4*, family-run Hotel Càmina Suite and SPA, a recent addition to Cortina’s accommodation offer.

Before moving to the destination, check what Italian authorities decided

According to the lastest news, Italian authorities decided to allow to visit Italiy theses European countries : Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Reunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories outside the European mainland), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories outside the European mainland), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories located outside the European mainland for which the Kingdom is responsible for international relations), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including territories in the African continent), Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Principality of Monaco, San Marino  are allowed to stay in Cortina Ampezzo (only for the period from 21 December to 6 January 2021).

In accordance with Italian regulations, travel to/from these countries is permitted without the need for any certification of motivations for travelling. In case of failure to submit the certificate relating to the molecular or antigenic test prescribed, you are subject to isolation and health surveillance.

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