A two-day break in the ‘pearl of the Dolomites'
Just a two-hour drive from Venice, Cortina is a must-visit destination especially at Christmas when the town is shrouded in snow and decked out with Christmas lights. Skiers can choose from among a number of slopes including the piste on which the Italian winter Olympics were held in 1956 or the Faloria piste whose refuge offers a breathtaking view over the Dolomites. Ski equipment can be hired from Jgor (www.jgorskiandmore.com).
After an active day on the slopes, there's no better way to relax and rejuvenate than at a Spa (a popular option is the Erato Wellness Spa at the Hotel Bellevue (www.bellevuecortina.com/it/spa). Encroaching twilight is the signal that it's time for an aperitivo. The resort's go-to destination is the Grill del Posta (www.delaposte.it) featuring a typical Ampezzo-style stube.
Cortina offers guests a selection of top-notch restaurants. Among these, standouts for traditional fare include El Tulà (www.toula.it),
Villa Oretta, whose menu features an unusual combination of mountain cuisine infused with typical Venetian flavours (www.villaoretta.com) or Hotel Alaska whose prestigious restaurant is headed by renowned chef Claudio Sfiller. For the best hot chocolate in town, an absolute must is Pasticceria Lovat in the centre of town. (www.cortinadolomiti.eu/IT/bar-lovat).