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/24-7PressRelease/ - SAN FRANCISCO, CA, January 02, 2007 - Cortina is one of the oldest and most exclusive ski resorts in the world. Located in the Dolomite Mountains north of Venice, Italy, Cortina di Ampezzo is visually stunning. Every winter thousands of Italians, Europeans, Russians and others from all over the world descend onto this magical valley to enjoy the skiing, cuisine, spas and nightlife.
After a long day of skiing, hanging out at the spa or whatever takes your fancy Cortina offers a variety of options for late night goers. One of my all-time favorite spots is the VIP Club, located in the historic Hotel Europa in the center of downtown. This small, intimate club offers a unique experience compared to the American club scene. Instead of a DJ playing the latest house or hip hop compilation the VIP Club features a very Italian experience. Francesco Bernardini performs nightly on the piano and sings famous Italian songs throughout the night. Accompanied by DJ Jean Michel the music switches between Francesco on the keyboard and Jean Michel bringing the crowd to life with mixed Italian music. It's a great counter balance and keeps the party going well past 4am.
The thing I like about the VIP Club is its intimacy. First off, I feel like I am in a rustic ski cabin (which I am). The same people are there every year to welcome me. In addition to Francesco and Jean Michel, we have Roberto (the owner and manager, always impeccable in his suit and tie), Giacomo (from Venice) behind the bar, etc. Many people have dinner and appetizers at the VIP earlier in the evening before it turns into a full nightclub. It's a very special experience and difficult to explain if you are not there in person. It's as if the whole world could come to an end the next day and so everyone is just out there having a great time. It's well worth dropping in next time you are in Cortina di Ampezzo!
For information please visit http://www.hoteleuropacortina.it or contact Roberto Cardazzi at
Vip Club - Hotel Europa
RSVP: Roberto Cardazzi Cel. 335 - 6293250
Corso Italia, 207
32043 Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL) Italia
Tel. +39 0436 3221 r.a.
Fax +39 0436 868204 r.a.
E-mail [email protected]
About the author: James Stolich is a writer based in San Francisco who—among other things—runs a lifestyle and food web site at www.CookWithJames.com. For more information please contact him at [email protected] or +1 415 425 3444. For a full copy of this article with photos please see http://www.cookwithjames.com/wordpress/2006/12/28/vip-club-nightlife-in-cortina-di-ampezzo/
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