The historic village of Cortina d’Ampezzo is a favorite place for active travellers, be it in the winter or in the summer. It is a perfect stepping-off point for our Dolomites Hiking Trips.
Located in the Belluno province of the Veneto region, high in the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy, Cortina is set amid breathtakingly beautiful expanses, in a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Area.
The 1956 Winter Olympics held in Cortina d’Ampezzo helped to build a thriving tourist following. The town has earned its rich cultural profile, willingly shared with tourists who have replaced the armies and traders of past centuries, crisscrossing the area and leaving behind traces of their language, cuisine, and architecture. Luckily for visitors, the result is a delightful mix of Italian food and friendliness, with Austrian efficiency.
The town of Cortina has a deep and ancient history, having witnessed waves of historical change. In the Middle Ages it was part of the Holy Roman Empire, and by the 15th Century was ruled by the Republic of Venice. Next in line was the Hapsburg Empire, ruling from the early 1500s until the end of World War I, when the area became a part of Italy. Today’s visitors will find remaining trenches and gun emplacements along their hiking routes, testament to the great battles of the First World War.
The mix of spoken languages among the locals reflects this changing profile. German spoken with a Tyrolean accent is still one of the main languages, besides Italian, and Ladin, which is a fascinating surviving dialect and culture, and which is still spoken by about 30,000 inhabitants and is taught in many local schools.
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