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CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY

 

January 26 - February 3, 2018

January 26 - February 6 (includes Venice Post Trip)


"If Paradise exists, it looks like Cortina."
                               Francis Bacon



Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy!  It has it all!!  
  
*One of the most beautiful and unique alpine landscapes in the world. 

*UNESCO World Heritage Area since June 2009.

*Scenic skiing on 140 km of slopes. Cortina is the dream destination of all skiers and is considered the Pearl of the Dolomites! 

*Part of the Dolomiti Super Ski: 12 ski resorts on one pass. The 12 ski regions of Dolomiti Superski with more than 1,200 kilometers of slopes,450 lifts, 30snow parks and 50 towns is looking forward to another thrilling winter season.

*Legendary shopping

*Art and Culture

*History

*World class dining




This is a "DO NOT MISS OPPORTUNITY" trip for both skiers and non-skiers.  

 

Day trips/activities in the works for your visit to Cortina may include a visit to a wine cellar for wine tasting, visit to the Castel Brando in the region of Prosecco, touring WWI sites, a visit to El Brite de Larieto, a day in Ortisei and a day skiing the Sella Ronda with English speaking guides. Other possible options are an evening of bobsledding and an Italian cooking demonstration.  We'll let you know when we have more information on these options.  


 

 

 

Cortina d'Ampezzo (pronounced [korˈtiːna damˈpɛttso]; Ladin :), 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. Situated on the Boite River, in an alpine valley, it is a popular winter sport resort known for its skiing trails, scenery, accommodation, shops and après-ski scene, and for its jet set and aristocratic European crowd.

Although Cortina was unable to go ahead with the scheduled 1944 Winter Olympics because of World War II, it hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956 and subsequently a number of world winter-sports events.

The town is home to SG Cortina, a top league professional ice hockey team, and Cortina is also the start and end point of the annual Dolomites Gold Cup Race. Several films have been shot in the town, mostly notably The Pink Panther (1963), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Cliffhanger (1993). Every year, from the end of July to early August, Cortina hosts the Dino Ciani Festival and Academy, which attracts pianists from around the world.


In addition to Italian, the majority of the population speak fluent Ampezzano, a local variant of Ladin, now recognized as a language rather than a dialect. Ladin comes from Latin (like Italian, French and Spanish) and resembles Romansh which is spoken in Switzerland.Maintaining the local language, that is not only spoken by the older people but also by many of Cortina's younger inhabitants, has become a symbol of their attachment to the local mountainous heritage.

The community is also proud of its Ladin or Tyrolean culture which continues to survive despite the increasing pressure it has faced in recent years. Its importance is even beginning to be recognized by the local authorities who in December 2007 decided to use Ladin on signs for the names of streets and villages, in compliance with regulations for the protection of linguistic minorities in force since 1999.
 

For more information on this Fantastic TSC trip, 
contact Cheryl Mann, TSC Winter Expedition Coordinator .


Tour operator is Karl Winter with Winter Ski and Sport.