NECS – PhD Winter School 2024

8th January – 12th January 2024

Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL)

The NeCS PhD Winter School 2024 will take place at  Hotel Serena from 8th  to 12th January 2022 in Cortina d’ Ampezzo, Belluno – Italy.

You can book the hotel room by phone: +39 0436.2604/+39 371 492 7583 or via email at  clearly mentioning you are attending the PhD School.
Rates for HB accommodation: single 95Euro/night,  double and triple rooms 79Euro/night per person.
Note: Please book as soon as possible since there are only a limited number of rooms available.

Alternative hotels, in case you don’t find rooms anymore, are: Hotel Panda Cortina (+39 0436 860344),  Hotel Villa Alpina  (+39 0436 2418) and Hotel Cristallino. (+39 04364690). All close to the venue of the school

Cortina d’Ampezzo, or simply Cortina, is a gem of sheer beauty in the middle of the Italian Alps, just two hours North of Venice. Set in the wide and sunny Ampezzo Valley, the small town is surrounded in all directions by some of the most scenic peaks of the Dolomite mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The wide Ampezzo Valley and the Dolomites surrounding it make Cortina a privileged spot for sports enthusiasts and sporting events: the 1956 Winter Olympics, the 2021 World Ski Championships and the Winter Olympics once again in 2026, this time along with Milan.

In the summer, it offers hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails, over thirty via ferratas, a golf course and then MTB, road biking and climbing routes. In the winter, it provides legendary ski slopes, the Olympic ice stadium, a vast array of snowshoeing and ski touring options as well as cross-country skiing pistes in the Natural Park.


Probably the easiest way is to fly to  Venice Marco Polo Airport and then take a FlixBus that arrive in Cortina in 2 hours. There is a bus leaving the airport at 18.55 on Sunday the 7th. It’s also possible to get a bus from Treviso Airport. Check  However, you have many other choices.

By train

If your favorite means of transportation is the train, you need to know that the railway leading to Cortina from Venice is Venezia S.Lucia – Calalzo di Cadore, Calalzo di Cadore being the closest train station, only 35 km away from Cortina d’Ampezzo. From this point on, you’ll be transfered by bus to the centre of Cortina. The journey to Cortina from Venice takes approximately 3 and a half hours (train bus transfer).

I treni della montagna” (The Mountain Trains) is a new train service which transports by train, all the tourists heading to Northern Italy mountain resorts.

At day time, the Eurostar Italia trains are connecting Rome and Milan to Mestre – Venice train station and from that point towards Cortina. There are also night trains departing from Rome Termini Train Station (Treno Notte) towards Calalzo. From Mestre (Venice) there are fast shuttle buses towards Cortina, the departure and arrival times being very well synchronized with the trains arrival and departure times. You can consult trains timetable in Italy on the website of Trenitalia

North of Cortina, there is another railway between Fortezza and Dobbiaco. Once arrived at Dobbiaco by train, you’ll be transfered by bus to Cortina d’Ampezzo (more details about the shuttle service and timetable at: The journey from Fortezz to Cortina takes approximately two hours (train bus shuttle).

Cortina d’Ampezzo is also linked by train to Innsbruck. The train journey to Cortina from Innsbruck takes approximately four hours.  The link to the central Station is made trough Cortina Express shuttle.

Cortina ExpressAddress: Via Marconi, 5 – 32043 Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), Italy. Phone:+39 0436 867350 Whatsapp:+39 347 8676116 Website:

By Bus

During winter season, Cortina is linked to other Italian cities by direct bus lines:

– The bus link Cortina d’Ampezzo to/from Mestre (Venice) is ran by Cortina Express; these bus links synchronies with the arrivals and departures of Eurostar trains from/to Milan.

– The bus link Bologna Train Station to/from Cortina d’Ampezzo is ran by Cortina Express/Zani bus line; these bus links are synchronized with the Eurostar trains coming from Florence-Rome-Napoli and the “Adriatica” railway (Rimini-Ancona-Pescara-Bari).

The journey to Mestre takes approximately two hours and 15 minutes and from/to Bologna takes approximately 4 hours. You have the possibility to buy a ticket in the bus.

In high season buses link Cortina with some northern ltalian cities and the main airports. There are regular bus services to and from Venice with stops in Mestre and Treviso. For more information you can contact

Cortina ExpressAddress: Via Marconi, 5 – 32043 Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), Italy. Phone:+39 0436 867350 Whatsapp:+39 347 8676116 Website:

By Car

From the north: along the A22 Brenner motorway. At the Bressanone – Val Pusteria exit take the Dolomiti National Road SS48/SR48 (strada statale 48 delle Dolomiti / strada regionale 48 delle Dolomiti) in the direction of Dobbiaco. Alemagna National Road SS51 (Strada statale 51 di Alemagna) crosses Cortina from North to South and the Dolomiti National Road SS48/SR48 (strada statale 48 delle Dolomiti / strada regionale 48 delle Dolomiti) crosses Cortina from East to West.

From the south: Cortina can be reached by taking the A27 motorway from Mestre with connection to the Alemagna National Road SS51 (Strada statale 51 di Alemagna). Driving in your car towards Cortina from Venice, you will pass Longarone and Tai and Valle di Cadore. You will enter to the valley of River Boite – you can enjoy the view of Pelmo mountain and Antelao to the right part. After San Vito di Cadore, a small town located 9 kilometres from Cortina d’Ampezzo, you can enjoy the panorama of the wonderful Ampezzo Valley, surrounded by mountains and forests with Cortina d’Ampezzo laying right in the middle of the valley.

Cortina has a one way beltway (ringroad) surrounding the town. Along this road you’ll find traffic signs pointing to hotels, city centre and other attractions in the area.

By Plane – Airports nearby Cortina

The nearest international airports to Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy are:
Treviso (IATA: TSF, ICAO: LIPH) –;
Venice (IATA: VCE, ICAO: LIPZ) –;
and Verona –

All have good ongoing bus connections. Please check the bus schedules for Cortina d’Ampezzo on Flixbus – and Cortina Express.

By Helicopter

Elifriulia Helicopter Company ( operating helicopter services at Cortina d’Ampezzo (at Fiames Heliport) and Ronchi dei Legionari, flies in maximum security conditions with a very professional crew.

Elifriulia flies everywhere and for any type of request: panoramic flights, private transfer from/to the airports. It take 35 minutes for the helicopter to reach Venice Marco Polo Airport from Cortina d’Ampezzo.