My Dream Winter Destination - Cortina D' Ampezzo Italy

Italy is my dream winter destination. I was lucky enough to spend some time in the Italian Dolomites last year just before Christmas and I wished I had stayed longer. Snow topped mountains, warm friendly people, amazing food, this is why it is my ideal winter destination.

Cortina D'Ampezzo Italy

The Dolomites is a beautiful range of mountains and home to some lovely towns like Cortina D'Ampezzo.

Cortina D' Ampezzo, is a great place to go skiing, but over 70% of Italian visitors don't come here for skiing, they come for the glamorous life. Corso Italia is the main pedestrianised street lined by chic shops selling clothes, jewellery, delectable food, a couple of wonderful cafes selling THE BEST hot chocolate and a smattering of restaurants.

The soaring church at the heart of the town is picture-book perfect and adds to the atmosphere, at Christmas, it is lit up with luminous stars and snowflakes.

I love the hotels here, all gorgeous inside and out like the amazing fashion boutique hotel, Hotel Ambra Cortina, where I stayed last year. My dream would be to have a home here, in a destination remote enough to have some peace but close enough to the nearest restaurants and bars to have fun!

Now I thought long and hard about how I would decorate it, but in some ways, I'm a traditionalist at heart, so I've gone for muted tones, and a classic style with white, beige, faux fur and silver. A sort of Scandi style, but also fitting with a modern chic chalet in Italy. Think whitewashed walls, white floorboards, with the odd rustic touch.

I love this Julian Charles, white wish tree reversible duvet. In brushed cotton, it would keep me cosy when it's cold outside. and what a beautiful design too.

For my lounge, I would choose a lovely faux fur throw and some fluffy faux fur cushions. The mix of grey, brown and cream cushions fits perfectly into a chalet and the Scandi design. I adore snuggling under a faux fur throw when it's snowing outside, drinking a cup of hot chocolate and eating delicious cookies. Do you?

This Christmas star tea light glass jar is super cute and adds a Christmassy touch, whilst being an amazing bargain at only £3.50 too. Even though I like a lux lifestyle I always keep my eye out for a bargain.

All that is left is to get some delicious foodie treats, like some Italian panettone, and then it's time to cuddle up to my husband on the sofa watching It's A Wonderful Life.  

You can read my review of Hotel Ambra Cortina here, and find out what we got up to in Cortina D'Ampezzo, on the travel blog I write with my husband Fly Drive Explore.

Julian Charles has an ebook out about their dream Winter destinations, check it out for further inspiration.

Cortina D'Ampezzo is my dream winter destination, what is yours? Tell me how would you #EscapeForWinter?

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  1. Love the images and absolutely love Italy! What a great post, I may have to get that duvet for Christmas! :-) xx

  2. Such a gorgeous part of Italy. I hear you on the wanting to own a property there, it's just so beautiful. Only problem is I am not sure I would come back to England much! :D Off to check out your hotel review! :)

  3. I don't know what my dream winter destination is but I do think I'd probably choose somewhere in Italy too. Some great furnishing picks x

  4. Wow that is a beautiful location, from the gorgeous mountain view. I love the simple colour scheme you've picked, greys are my favourite colours for room decorations x

  5. I love Italy! They have the best food cuisines and rich historical culture!

  6. Italy has so many beautiful places to visit. Cortina looks like yet another hot spot to visit.

  7. Italy looks gorgeous - I'm going there just after Christmas - I can't wait!

  8. I'm in awe with these photos. This will be a perfect winter destination.

  9. How picture perfect is that place. Looks like a scene from a Christmas movie x

    1. It does look like a scene from a Christmas movie!

  10. Wow what an absolutely beautiful place, you're so lucky! I'd love to go to Italy one day

  11. I have not heard of Cortina D'Ampezz but I do love Italy and I your photo's are simply stunning

  12. Oh my god, what a view! You are really lucky to see this beautiful place. I also liked the print on duvet and pillows, matches the mood!