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DREAMSCAPES SPRING/SUMMER 2017 48 I magine La Dolce Vita in an exquisite mountain village with exceptional year-round sports, the harmony of spa life and seductive Italian gastronomy. Did I mention shopping? This is Italy, after all. Treasures by Bulgari and Valentino are among the temptations, and the cobblestone main walkway is lush with antique shops and sport shops in 200-year-old buildings. Cortina's bella gente (beautiful people) parade their finery along the Corso Italia, in the daily passeggiata (promenade), a ritual of socializing and strolling, Italian-style. And Cortina Fashion Week struts its stuff every December with cocktails, fashion shows and parties, parties, parties. Europe's elite has found tranquility and beauty in Cortina for over 100 years, drawn by the charm of old stone piazzas and vin- tage buildings with family crests, all glowing with the purity of mountain life. But after famous movies by Peter Sellers—a.k.a. Inspector Clouseau—and Roger Moore as James Bond, the beautiful mountain village became a glamorous play- ground for the jet set, popping with winter polo, art exhibits and a film festival. Today, you're more likely to see A-listers such as Sting, George Clooney or Madonna, and TV adventurer Bear Grylls who has con- quered the massive mountains. The Dolomites are distinctive for their jagged spires of rock that shimmer in pink at sunrise and sunset. The tableau is so remarkable that the Dolomites were named one of UNESCO's 200 natural World Her- itage Sites in 2009. CORTINA D'AMPEZZO GLOWS WITH MANY OF THE SUPERLATIVES OF ITALY. LA DOLCE VITA in Italy's Dolomites BY ROCHELLE LASH TOP: The historic village of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, is situated at the foot of the mythical Cinque Torri (Five Towers) in the Dolomite Mountains. Bandion ABOVE: Experience the drama of downhill skiing at Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy. Bandion OPPOSITE CENTRE LEFT: A glitzy choice of footwear during Cortina's Fashion Weekend, held every December. Bandion OPPOSITE CENTRE RIGHT: Good food and good wine are part of life in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Bandion OPPOSITE BOTTOM: Faloria Mountain Spa Resort is a 30-room, all-suite mountain chalet in Cortina, Italy, with a spa and an indoor pool. Faloria Mountain Spa Resort

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