Cortina has a silent, hidden side, made of seldom-visited locations, evocative for their silence. They are ideal for people searching for the beauty of solitude, in contact with nature. Discover them with the local mountain guides Guide Alpine Cortina, who are ready to accompany people who appreciate authentic Alpine settings along nine “secret” guided itineraries

Hidden corners, unbeaten paths, unusual glimpses, stories never heard. Unexplored places that can be reached through the dense network of trails and ledges that intertwine on the vast territory of Cortina and lead to marvellous places – sometimes unknown even among locals. Perhaps they are sometimes not easy to access, but worth reaching.

Hidden Cortina, the new initiative of the mountain guides Guide Alpine Cortina, aims to take lovers of the Queen of the Dolomites to the discovery of secret worlds of authentic beauty. 

Mount Fumo or Rauchkofel

An Austro-Hungarian outpost during the Great War, this is a secondary peak between the valleys Val San Sigismondo and Val Fonda: a theatre of fierce combat, it is of particular interest for the exposed route and the presence of military garrisons.

The hidden cable car on Mount Forame

On the Mount Cristallo group there is a secondary peak that can be reached using the Renè De Pol equipped route: this is the Forame peak. But there is an alternative route which follows the cable car stations and, running between a trench and a small fort, leads to the destination.

The Polin ledge

This route follows the path of Alberto Polin, a local soldier who, during the First World War, discovered and conquered a semi-concealed ledge that provided access to a strategic point overlooking the Travenanzes valley from the Tofane mountains, enabling the Italian troops to organise their supplies.

El Beco Longo

An unexpected peak in the enchanted forest near the Rocchette di Prendera and Ruòibes (or Zoco) crags, that can even be reached from Cortina by electric bicycle.

Mount Taburlo

A peak situated at the southern extremity of the Val di Fanes valley, Mount Taburlo is an unfamiliar but evocative mountain, first climbed in 1906.

The Fanes cascades

Less well known than the waterfalls further downstream, the Fanes cascades are well worth visiting, offering a pleasant (though not always easy) walk in the forest that ends near the small mountain hut Malga Fanes. In the morning, the location Sbarco de Fanes can also be reached by jeep.

Mount Rudo

The Mount Rudo hike takes you to perhaps one of the largest and best-preserved lines of World War I fortifications. From the top of the mountain, there are excellent views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks.

The San Marco rock

This unusual route near the Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks enables you to see some of the trenches and forts built by the Italians during the First World War.

Punta Nera

Punta Nera is a peak that dominates the southern entrance to Cortina, and it can be seen from the entire Ampezzo valley. However, as it is lower than the mountains Sorapiss and Marcora, very few hikers consider it a worthwhile peak.