Twelfth Annual Summer Interdisciplinary Conference
Travel To and About
Grand Hotel Savoia
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
It is probably worth exploring the area of Cortina d’Ampezzo with Google Maps, and Google Earth.
HOW TO REACH CORTINA
The main international airports are Venice, Italy at 148 km, 1 hr 53 min by car, and Innsbruck, Austria at 164 km, 2 hrs 9 min by car. Other nearby airports are at Treviso (118 km) and Verona (242 km). Flights can be cheaper to Milan Malpensa, but the distance increases to 451 km, and 4.5 hrs by car.
For those attending the conferences in Berlin after ASIC, note that flights from Venice and Innsbruck are frequent and not too expensive. Also attendees should explore flights that route via Berlin (to Venice or Innsbruck). Driving from Berlin is probably not feasible because the distance is 900 km, and driving times are about 9 hours. Trains to and from Berlin are not a good choice due to poor connections and times.
The nearest railway station is located in Calalzo di Cadore at 35 km. The line is Venice or Padova -Calalzo. From the railways station there is a public bus service to Cortina (Cortina Express—see below). One can take trains from Venice of Innsbruck (although the service from Innsbruck takes longer).BY CAR:
From the south or north one enters or leaves Cortina on SS51. From the east or west one enters and leaves Cortina on SR48.BY BUS:
There is service from Venice Marco Polo Airport or from Mestre Railway station on the Cortina Express (tel: +39 0436 867350). Time is about 2 Hrs 15 min. Prices in 2012 are 22 Euro.
HOW TO REACH THE GRAND HOTEL SAVOIA
The hotel is about two blocks downhill from the center of town on the main road into town (one way toward the town center). It is on Via Roma 62. If one approaches from the east on SS51 (d’Alemagna) follow the one way traffic onto Via Roma and the hotel is on the left.FROM SOUTH
Follow the directions to downtown. At the roundabout, take the one way street straight ahead called Via Roma. The Grand Hotel Savoia is on your left.FROM NORTH
From Dobbiaco, follow the directions to Venice (Venezia)-Belluno. You will pass in front of the church La Difesa. When at the roundabout turn left along the one way street Via Roma. The Grand Hotel Savoia is on your left.
LOCAL TRAVEL NEAR CORTINA
Walking within the town is easy given the town’s size. There are also local public buses--the small orange ones take you to places in the very immediate vicinity. Connections with Dolomitibus at the bus station will take you to the surrounding towns and outlying areas. The frequency varies. The Dolomiti buses are very useful for hikers as they mostly go west and east to the mountain passes, from which cable cars or chair lifts ascend, and bus stops are often positioned at the starting points for hikes. Timetables for all these services are available in the bus station. Combination tickets are available for both buses and lifts and represent a good saving if you plan to be around for several days. (Taxis are generally available but are very expensive, so cars or buses are to be preferred.)
One local bus goes up to the Auronzo hutte/rifugio/mountain inn, which sits directly beside the Tre Cime de Lavaredo, one of the finest mountain massifs in the Dolomites. From the refugio you can walk on a fairly level path anti-clockwise around the mountain, to get the very best views from the far side.
There are many and varied hiking routes, reached by buses, cable cars, gondolas or chair lifts, or on foot. Good maps are available, especially one at 1:25000, which have all the routes marked complete with their relevant numbering (which corresponds to the numbering on the actual paths). The Tourist Office has also a rather basic map which is also useful for orientation purposes. For the most part the routes are well marked in the usual red-white-red flashes common in many parts of the Alps. Google Earth has many marked hikes of varying difficulties that are worth exploring.