CORTINA d’AMPEZZO & SAPPADA

Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the most famous mountain turistic location in the world. For flyfishing too, Cortina gives you a lot of alternatives.
In fact Cortina d’Ampezzo is surrounded by all kind of different waters: Veneto is nowdays the best region for flyfishing in Italy, but Trentino Alto Adige is very good too and it’s only 20km from Cortina. Then threre are the austrian waters too, reachable with the car in less than 45 minutes.

Some informations about Cortina: Home of the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina d’Ampezzo (known as the Pearl of the Dolomites) is one of the most prestigious and vast ski resorts in Italy, with 120km of skiable terrain. Cortina is located in northern Italy, in the center of the spectacular mountain ranges of Tofana, Faloria, Cristallo, Pomagagnon and Cinque Torri, all part of the majestic Alps. The area offers beautiful views, natural parks, never-ending forests, crystal clear rivers and cascading waterfalls.
If you are passionate about fly fishing, we can arrange a personal guide (see “Fishing Excursions”). In addition to skiing, Cortina offers a wide range of activities during both winter and summer, including hiking, climbing, rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding and, of course, world class restaurants and shopping with Gucci, Prada, Cartier and Bulgari shops in the center. Additionally, Cortina is famous for its festivals and events, both sporting and culturally related events that offer an excuse for the jet-set of the world to meet and greet.
In Cortina there’s simply no way anyone will ever get bored. Cortina Calendar (certain dates are subject to change, check www.cortina.com for updates):

Christmas and New Year’s Women’s World Cup of Skiing (January 19-21) Men’s World Cup of Bobsled (January) Carnival (February through March) Cortina Winter Polo on Snow (end of February) Dobbiaco-Cortina Cross-Country Skiing (February 4) Equestrian Jumping Concourse (from July 13) Veneto Jazz Summer Festival (from July 28) Cortina-Dobbiaco Mountain Bike (July 29) Festival of the Bands (August 19-26) Coppa d’Oro (Vintage Car Race) (August 30-September 2)

Sappada, another beautiful turistic town, lies about 60km east from Cortina. This means just one important thing: the famous slovenian rivers like: Unec, Soca, Sava…etc., are reachable with two hours car driving!
Friuli region with it’s beautiful rivers is very near too, and Austria with the valley of the Gail is reachable with aproximatly 90 minutes driving.
More Info about Sappada: Sappada is located in the north of the Veneto region, at the border between Friuli and Austria. Its mountains are part of the Dolomites. The village is situated at an altitude of 1250 metres, with approximately 1500 inhabitants.
During the summer and winter seasons the number of inhabitants multiplies due the numbers of tourist that arrive in the village. The village extends from east to west across the whole valley, with the river Piave running along side it. The source of the river being found in the local area. The surrounding environment is of an alpine nature, with mountains reaching 2700 metres, one peak being the Perallba, where the source of the river Piave is born at its feet. Coniferous woods, and fields which in the summer are cultivated to provide food for the livestock, whilst in winter they become whitened slopes allowing skiers of all levels to put in some practice.
There are several characteristics that are typical of Sappada and derive from its origins. The foremost is the local dialect, which is a form of Austrian dialect that has remained prevalent in Sappada over the centuries, due to the lack of further linguistic influence from the Austrian neighbours. Numerous studies in this field have led to the drafting of books and even a dictionary in the dialect known as “Sappadino”. The name Plodn is the name given to Sappada in the local dialect. Another characteristic of the village is the formation of its layout.
The village is divided into 15 hamlets. Some are recent and others, which are older, have expanded to form the habitat as it is today. Walking in the village one can still see many antique wooden houses, which have remained intact. These are particularly found in the hamlets that form “Sappada Vecchia” or Old Sappada. The main source of income for Sappada comes from tourism, be it in the summer or winter, with more and more visitors coming to relax and take in the fresh mountain air, as well as taking up various sporting activities.