Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d’Ampezzo, an Italian city surrounded by the Dolomite mountains, hosted the 1956 Winter Olympic Games. Because of its location, Cortina d’Ampezzo has been part of both Austria and Italy, but since the end of the first world war it has been part of Italy. So, how did Cortina d’Ampezzo come to be called Cortina […]

Turin

While the Winter Olympics are on in Vancouver, we’ll be exploring the origins of the names of former host cities of the winter olympic games, working more or less in reverse chronological order. Today we’re looking at Turin, Italy. Turin, (Torino in Italian), was originally founded as Taurasia byt the Taurini Gauls around 300 BC. […]