Vintage vehicles and autumn glory in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites played host to an exciting four days of vintage car racing (1-4 September) with an array of makes and models from across Europe - but its namesake Ford Cortina was nowhere to be seen.

Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites played host to an exciting four days of vintage car racing (1-4 September) with an array of makes and models from across Europe - but its namesake Ford Cortina was nowhere to be seen.

Almost 200 cars including Porsche, Ferrari, Triumph, MG, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Lancia and Jaguar took part in the annual summer event, with drivers taking on staged challenges against the stunning backdrop of The Dolomite mountains.

Vintage cars, spectacular landscapes and glamour are the key ingredients of this popular event, which is so much more than a car race. The Gold Cup of the Dolomites is a classic car race, the route of which changes every year to offer participants and spectators new and unique panoramas and experiences.

Autumn is an excellent time to visit the chic town of Cortina d'Ampezzo in northern Italy. There are events and activities to entertain, gourmet restaurants for high-class dining, spa and wellness facilities to relax - and all in the splendour of the gold and bronze colours of nature in September and October.

Take a reviving break in next month's half term school holidays - there are tempting special offers for families and plenty of activities focussing on play, adventure, nature and history to interest children and parents alike. Ramble along the Dinosaur Path to discover fossils, walk in the trenches to learn about the First World War, cycle along the gentle route of the former Dolomite railway.

Perfect also for couples to enjoy a romantic and relaxing break to make the most of the warm, golden days of autumn and sample the town's famous gourmet dining and luxurious spa experiences.

Cortina d'Ampezzo, which is the only Italian member of the prestigious European association Best of the Alps, an international quality trademark which brings together the 12 most famous and exclusive towns in the Alpine region.

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