We arrived in Cortina in the afternoon during the siesta hours (1pm-3pm) , so everything was shut and the town was empty. We arrived at the accommodation and it was super storage friendly. The were cupboards in the stairs, fold out tables and folding doors to create a bedroom in the lounge. The view was amazing from the apartment the mountains and the buildings made it look like Switzerland. We went exploring in the town when the siesta was over. We went to the tourist office for some recommendations on what to do. The lady in the office wasn’t very helpful luckily Dad did some prior research. There were loads of Gondolas going up to the mountains and there was ice skating and an adrenaline park. Unfortunately, all most of the tracks and gondolas were closed and the ice skating and the adrenaline park was also closed because it was the least busy time of the year as there no skiing and not many Europeans were holidaying because of work. So that limited our options. Mum came up with a brilliant idea since we were saving money with everything closed, instead of hiring out normal bikes why not E-Bikes. The E-Bikes were amazing it made biking uphill so much easier/faster. They gave you a bit of a jolt every time you pedalled. I loved Turbo mode the most, but I didn’t use it much because I was worried the battery was going to run out. We biked up to a rifugio on a mountain which provided amazing views of the valley. There was a little snow along the way which amazed us because we were in shorts and T- Shirts. Overall our bike ride was 60km. In Cortina we also did a beautiful walk to some a lake and wandered around the town.
After 3 nights in Cortina we went 20km up a windy road to the base of the Lagazuoi Mountain to take a gondola to the rifugio on the top. It took 3 minutes to go up 600m. It was opening night for staying in the rifugio in the summer season and there was snow everywhere. Us kids came in with the idea that we would spend most of our time in the snow but after 5 mins we had wet frozen feet and hands it wasn’t so much fun. We still had a family snowball fight. We walked in the snow to the edge of the cliff where a cross was, Mum kept on falling over which was good entertainment, but it was exhausting even though it would take 10mins usually. We were short of breath because we were 2700m in altitude. Dad promised us after South America that we would never stay in high altitude places again because some of us suffer from altitude sickness. We hung out on the deck loads in our downtime admiring the view and drinking the most amazing hot chocolates. Staying in the rifugio was one of the best experiences on this trip I would totally recommend staying in Cortina and the rifugio if you are travelling in Italy.
Next stop Paris!