Milan Cortina 2026 will bring €33 million in infrastructure projects from the state Government ©Getty Images

The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport is to invest €33 million (£28.7 million/$35 million) in legacy infrastructure projects, linked to the preparations of the Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic Games.

President of the Veneto Region Luca Zaia said these developments would be transformational for the area.

"The news of this further assignment adds up to a series of interventions that will change the future of the Veneto mountains," said Zaia according to Notizie+.

"Funds that strengthen our Olympic path and that will allow us to arrive at the 2026 appointment with all the credentials to welcome athletes and the public of an edition that we want to remain in history. 

"Upgrading the infrastructure also means leaving a legacy for the mountain community and all the territories that will host the Olympic Games on the snow. 

"I launched the Olympic project aware that sport will be a driving force for economic, social and tourist development."

Veneto Region President Luca Zaia welcomed the investment ©Getty Images
Veneto Region President Luca Zaia welcomed the investment ©Getty Images

These funds are yet to be distributed, but will cover the redevelopment of public buildings in the municipalities that will host the Games.

Those requiring redevelopment will be managed by the Infrastructure Milan-Cortina company, with the others under the auspices of the local authorities.

The Milan Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from February 6 to 22 2026, followed by the Paralympics from March 6 to 15.