Planning to spend your summertime in the mountains?
Still unsure what to pack for your perfect mountain vacation?
Here are some tips so you make sure not to forget the “must have” for the summertime in the mountains.
And if your destination is Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Queen of the Dolomites, and the location where both jetsetters and sports passionates gather in summertime, do not miss the special suggestions by the owner and general manager of Ambra Cortina, Elisabetta Dotto.
Elisabetta has been living in Cortina for most of her life and she is a fashion addicted who will help you mix and combine the pieces of your wardrobe and address you to the best boutiques where to buy “really ampezzano” meaning the real local pieces.
How to pack if you are going for a sporty holiday in the Dolomites
Before starting throwing all kind of clothes into your bag, stop and think of a few things:
- Are you trekking and if yes, where?
- How difficult are your trekking or bike experiences going to be?
- How many hours and how high are you going to climb?
- What are the weather forecats during your stay?
Weather conditions may vary abruptly in the mountains so make sure you have a variety of clothes covering all possibilities from the torrid heat of the sun down in the valley to the icy windy weather if you are reaching a peak.
Again, the old granny tip is the best one you can rely on: dress in layers and expect to uncover …layers after layers or eventually to cover layer after layer.
What to pack if you are going for a sporty holiday in the Dolomites
The “must have” in your bag for your holiday in the Alps:
- Jacket, the external kernel in technical stuff such as Gore-Tex and a removable softer filling
- Pile or jumper
- Long sleeve t-shirt
- T-shirt : mind here. Though cotton seems the ideal solution, keep in mind it does not disperse humidity and you risk to find yourself in a sweat after a few miles.
Best choice: tecnical tissues dispersing humidity
- Shoes: thinking of spending your day shopping in Corso Italia, the centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo? Wear a pair of sneakers and you will look ok.
If you are aiming at spending most of your time trekking, hiking and biking, then go for some comfortable trekking shoes.
What to pack for the night life in Cortina d’Ampezzo
The real novelty of the summer 2018 are the Swedish wooden clogs to wear with no socking and eventually with a pair of lurex socks.
Look of the summer 2018: a little of tyrol-like style wearing leather cuissard boots and deer leather shorts. A light and white shirt will complement your “ampezzano” look, “ampezzano” coming from the name of Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Elisabetta Dotto, general manager at Ambra Cortina and a fashion trendsetter, suggests both leather shorts and long floral skirts which remind of the Provence mood and are perfect while going for the aperitif on one of the many terraces here in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
If you are afraid you will look too romantic, “just wear a leather jacket or a caban in leather and you will smooth the naif mood and still have an intriguing look” says Elisabetta.
Another “must-have item” for the summer 2018 in mountains are the shawls: pick the shawl you prefer but remember that evenings and nights can be really cold in the Dolomites. “Cashmere is always a good choice” tells us Elisabetta and she knows what she is talking about as she spends most of her summer evenings and nights chatting with clients and friends on the Ambra Cortina terrace.
And as Elisabetta is very keen on hats, she picks her fav ones according to the weather:
- Cow boy like hat if rain is in the daily forecast
- Straw hat if the sun is shining high above the Dolomites mountains
The perfect “ampezzano” look while you are in the Dolomites
When in Cortina d’Ampezzo, wear the “ampezzano traditional costume”: a leather corsage and a long skirt.
Just remember to mix it with some eccentric touches: a pair of cowboy boots or why not wearing the corsage directly on your skin, very sensual .
Never to miss while on summer holiday in Cortina in the Dolomites
If the British have Royal Ascot, the most famous and glam event of the summer season, Cortina d’Ampezzo has its “Cortina Summer Party” at Malga Peziè de Parù: music, events and a yummy picnic on the grass outside the “malga”.
Just save the date and get your “ampezzano style” ready.
Shopping in Cortina d’Ampezzo?
If you think of getting back form your holidays in Cortina d’Ampezzo with some local pieces to mix with your everyday look here are the best boutiques according to Elisabetta:
Bredo Boutique in Corso Italia romantic long skirts in tulle.
Ghedina in via XXIX Maggio has the best selection of “ampezzano” clothes.
Sottosopra your place to go for hats
Monique Lecerf in via Roma is the perfect place to choose your cashmere shawl.
Paoletti in via Roma, country chic clothing.