La Dolce Vita - Page 4
[Sidebar] Trailhead: Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy
- Fly to Milan or Venice then take a bus to Cortina (no train service available) in the heart of the Dolomites, or travel by train to Mestre and take a direct bus.
- Cortina sits in the heart of the Dolomites, and buses service the entire region. Consider a rental car for independence and accessing many trails.
- For more information, see www.dolomiti.org
- In Cortina, check out Casa Tua, one of Europe’s most enjoyable hotels. Max Tua is your host and an athlete extraordinaire, who can provide a wealth of information on the area.
- Huts: Hut reservations are required. Contact numbers may be obtained from any tourism office in the larger towns.
- Ristorante Ariston in Cortina is the best, period, and the Pizza Fantastica is reason enough to go to Cortina. When in Italy, eat.
- www.planetmountain.com has an abundance of information on the Dolomites, as well as maps and hiking/running/Via Ferrata itineraries.
Recommended Runs Near Cortina
Tre Cime di Lavaredo
- Arguably the icon of the Dolomites. Start at Hotel Cime di Lavaredo on the road from Cortina to Dobbiaco. Run into the Tre Cime, have lunch at the Locatelli Hut, then get creative connecting trails back to the trailhead. Fourteen to 20 kilometers.
- Take a local bus to the pass. Be sure to explore the WWI exhibit, where the Italian army tunneled under an Austrian artillery installation and blew it up. From the Lagazuoi Hut, head into the Val Travenanzes north and around the Le Tofane massif to the Col Druscie Trams back to Cortina. Make sure you can make the last tram before committing. Approximately 18 kilometers.