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World's Prettiest Mountain Towns

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Long the winter playground of European film stars (in the '50s and '60s, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and Sophia Loren frolicked here, earning the town the nickname “salotto dei famosi”—celebrities' living room), Cortina’s scenery is dazzling all on its own. The tiny town, where charming chalets are festooned with flowering geraniums, is surrounded on all sides by the spiky, rough-hewn Dolomite Mountains.

Get some mountain air: The skiing around Cortina d'Ampezzo (which hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics) is legendarily beautiful. The steep plunges and uninterrupted sight lines here have been used as backdrop for many films, including Cliffhanger, the original Pink Panther, and the James Bond flick For Your Eyes Only.

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