Dolomites in Summer : Cortina d’Ampezzo Spotlight Top 5 Things to Do on Your Holidays

Morgan Fielder
4 min readJan 5, 2022

Glorious Hiking, Outdoor Activities & Luxury Spas Close to Venice for Your Italian Summer Holiday

Alta Via 1 Hut to Hut Hiking

You don’t have to be a mountaineer and eat dried food to experience out of this world hiking with breathtaking views, even with your kids or mobility impaired friends and family.

You don’t have to be a mountaineer and eat dried food to experience out of this world hiking with breathtaking views, even with your kids or mobility impaired friends and family.

Everyone should travel to Italy to experience the magnificent cities but it’s a hustle and touristic bustle that can leave you or your family well-fed but drained.

Cortina d’Ampezzo Italy: Where to Stay in Dolomites in Summer

Fortunately, it’s only a 2-hour drive from the international airport in Venice to the stunning mountain village of Cortina d’Ampezzo in the heart of the Italian Dolomites.

Don’t worry, mountains in Italy don’t mean a sacrifice in the food or luxury department.

Cortina is a must-see for people who love Nature with a dose of good food and wine on summer holiday.

tl:dr: Epic Food and Delicious Hikes in the Dolomites in Summer Italy Travel

Go to the Town of Cortina for a quick break from the tourist overwhelm of Venice or as a unique wellness and Nature destination of itself. This mountain range extends North-South.

Best Town to Stay in Dolomites : Cortina d’Ampezzo

The motto of this family-friendly outdoor paradise is “Cortina Delicious” and it delivers.

My Italian friends say Cortina d’Ampezzo is the place to be seen sipping a cappuccino if you’re a movie star on summer holidays.

My favorite part is that you’re just as likely to see a Gucci lady all done up in heels with her designer doodle dog drinking coffee next to a sweat-drenched hiker with mud-spattered boots and hiking poles on her backpack.

Dolomites Holiday

Cortina d’Ampezzo is also rich with WWI history as it was on the infamous Italian Front.

This area switched between Austrian and Italian control after WW1, and it’s suggested that Italy only joined the war and went against its natural ally of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to annex this part of South Tyrol.

Technically it’s in Italy, but German and Latin languages prevail in both speaking and signs.

Don’t get confused if you see, hear and taste things that seem more German than Italian.

Best Time to Visit the Dolomites in the Summer

Cortina is pretty amazing in the winter with its skiing being world-class. It’s hosted multiple Olympics and world cup skiing events.

However, the unique experience of the Dolomites isn’t skiing.

The incredible thing about Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Italian Dolomites is the chance to walk easily at high elevations with minimal effort and no special training.

Family Friendly Hiking near Cortina

Huts and Trails in the Dolomites are open mid-June through mid-September

Directly on those accessible trails sit family-run mountain huts serving hot, delicious food and wine with comfortable soft beds which are open mid-June through mid-September.

A mountain hut is called a “rifugio” in Italian and “hütte” in German and they provide luxurious and delicious hiking experiences that are rare outside this region.

They seem impossible to this mom from the United States. If you can avoid August you’ll find easier table reservations and less expensive accommodations.

Magic of the Italian Dolomites — Rifugios and Hiking Trails in Nature Park

You’ll savor some of the most spectacular views in the world. Protect your eyes though. The high elevation trails are framed by bright white limestone mountains and the sun reflects as if it were snow.

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It doesn’t seem “hot” but don’t forget a good hat and sunscreen too.

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Morgan Fielder

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