Some 70 years after Cortina 1956 and 20 years after Turin 2006, the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are returning to Italy.
On February 6, 2026, the curtain will rise on the Olympic Games; the date for the Paralympic Games is March 6, 2026. But the road to the Games has already begun; Milano-Cortina is just 3 years away as the Olympic and Paralympic flags wave above Piazza Duomo.
A spectacular urban and mountain landscape covering 22,000 km2 will host the Games. This will be a particular challenge for the territories. Two cities, Milan and Cortina, along with the support of two regions, Lombardy and Veneto, and two autonomous provinces, Trento and Bolzano, are joining forces to create a memorable edition of the Games.
Some 3,500 athletes from 93 countries will compete for a spot on the podium of Milano Cortina 2026 Games in 16 Olympic disciplines: Alpine skiing, Ice hockey, Freestyle skiing, Speed and Short track skating, Cross-country skiing, Figure skating, Snowboarding, Bobsleigh, Skeleton, Luge, Ski jumping, Curling, Biathlon competitions, Nordic combined, and Ski mountaineering (debut).
Paralympic Games will feature 6 disciplines: Paralympic biathlon, Paralympic ice hockey, wheelchair curling, Paralympic cross-country skiing, Paralympic snowboarding, and Paralympic alpine skiing.
In Milano, they will compete at the PalaItalia Santa Giulia, the hockey stadium and the Mediolanum Forum. Cortina d'Ampezzo will host the competitions at the Olympia delle Tofane, the Sliding Centre and the Olympic Ice Stadium. The mountains of Livigno and Bormio will take centre stage at the competitions in Valtellina. South Tyrol, along with Anterselva/Antholz, will be where the biathlon takes place. In Trentino, the heart of the Winter Games will be in Predazzo and Tesero in Fiemme Valley.
Two million spectators are expected at the competition venues.
Milano Cortina 2026 anthem
“Fino all’alba” ("Until dawn") will be the official anthem of the Milano Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
It is sung by Arisa and composed by the musical body "La Cittadina" of San Pietro Martire di Seveso, in the province of Monza and Brianza.
You can listen to the song to on the milanocortina2026.org website, on the Milano Cortina 2026 YouTube channel and on other social media channels.