With good reason also known as the Queen of the Dolomites, Cortina is the only Italian locality included in the Best of the Alps, the Association of the 12 most beautiful mountain resorts in the Alps.
The reasons for the town’s worldwide renown are the year-round natural beauty of the unique colours of its jagged Dolomite peaks, and its sports infrastructures such as the ski lift and cable car system, the tourist services and the mountain refuges, all of which enhance the enjoyment of this natural heritage.
A part of the territory of Cortina is justifiably recognised as a nature reserve; in 1990 the Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti d’Ampezzo was created over an area of 11,200 hectares to the north of the town.
Inside the park you can find animal and plant species typical of these mountains, to be protected and admired with complete respect. Must-see locations are the spectacular Fànes waterfalls and the high altitude alpine lakes set in the rock, such as Croda Da Lago, Sorapiss and Fosses, to name but a few.