The first weekend of December is a traditional one in Italy: being the 8th a festive day, we usually take advantage to go skiing.
Not much snow was already fallen on the mountains at the beginning of this 2015-2016 winter, but this fact did not prevent the Pinktrotters to spend a fabulous long weekend in Cortina, the Queen of Dolomites.
Elisabetta Dotto is our local precious contact, she is also the owner of Hotel Ambra
were we usually stay. A very well located and furnished 4* Hotel in made on purpose for groups of girlfriends like us.
We had the pleasure to participate to the 10 years from opening celebration of Hotel Ambra. The party was called "Colbacco & Tacco 12" which translated means "Rounded Hat & 12 cm heels".
We skied for 2 days on Faloria slopes and 5 Torri ones on both sides of Cortina. The 3rd day was dedicated to relax in spa.
Here below our list of suggestions to spend the best weekend ever in Cortina D'Ampezzo. Enjoy!
Restaurants (In general, always book at least 1 week in advance, Cortina is a very small town and during winter it gets absolutely crowded!) El Brite de Larieto
: 10 mins outside of town in the middle of a forest, a very typical wooden house with traditional food. Lago Ghedina
: 10 mins away from Cortina center, the location is beautiful to visit during the day, immersed in the forest next to Lake Ghedina. Very romantic dinner. Baita Fraina
(outsuide of town): typical food from Ampezzo area - Polenta & Deer is the typical dish.Enoteca Baita Fraina
(in town): great wines, local cheeses and hams, well crowded & cozy place. Il Vizietto
: best fresh fish in town, the owners are from Puglia, they also have a very good selection of wines.
Spas Hotel Cristallo
: 5* Hotel and Spa Golf, traditional one with very good extra treatments. Rosa Petra
: The most famous Spa in town, at the beginning of Cortina, 5* location, a bit expensive and not too big ambience but very premium & elegant one. Grand Hotel Savoia
: well located in the center of Cortina with a pretty big pool. Corte Spa
: the cheapest option with the best mountains view. 20 mins by car away from Cortina, we suggest this option if you want to escape the town crowd and hang out with locals. We suggest you to bring a swimming cap, a towel more & flip flops otherwise you can rent them there at extra cost.
Cafès / Aperitivo places
: very well crowded winery, they often have fresh oysters as complement. LP 26
: try "crostoni con prosciutto crudo" - crunchy bread and ham that perfectly match with a good pint of beer. Enoteca Cortina
: tramezzini (soft white bread panini) are the typical easy food served here with a very complete selection of local wines.La Suite
: a lot of aperitivo parties with live music are organised here. Embassy
: a stylish caffè with great cakes selection and hot chocolate.
Dancing clubs Vip / Hotel Europa:
the real traditional place where you can also have dinner before live music with typical Italian songs to sing starts. After 1 hour of live music, the dj plays dance electronic music. Cocktails are pretty good too. Usual price €50 with 1 drink included Bilbò
: very small intimate club that usually hosts great djs. Pepero / Splendind Hotel Venezia
: recently opened, hosts the dinner at 80-100 € per person with live music + disco after dinner. We recommend to just go after dinner and enjoy the pop dancing music played.
Shops Franz Kraler
: the must in town for luxury brands. Le Noir
: a beautiful high-end brands shop. Regina Hats:
very cool mountain hats in millions of colours and shapes. Campo Marzio 70:
great selection of non-commercial perfumes.
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