From 26 January to 5 February 1956
in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, took place
the VII Olympic Winter Games which were the first Olympic event to be organized in Italy.
Thirty-two nations — the largest number of countries participating in the Winter Olympics until then —
competed in the four sports and twenty-four events.
The Cortina Olympics were the first
Winter Olympics televised to a multi-national audience.
Cortina is scheduled to co-host
the 2026 Winter Olympics with Milan,
70 years after the 1956 Games.