Bozen/Bolzano a centre for travellers.
Bozen is on the main rail line and main road from Verona to Innsbruck, it is well worth visiting in its own right. It is also a good center for visits to at least three valleys that connect to or are close to Bozen.
The first is the valley of the Adige, which as I found out connects to Austria at Landeck, to Switzerland through Scuol and one can reach Merano easily and hence north from there to the Austrain border and the location where the Oetzi man was found.
There is a bus service to the Val di Fassa which originates in Bozen and connects with the main bus service to the Val di Fassa which originates in Trento.
Finally at least to my knowledge there is access to the Val gardena to the N.E of Bozen. The connection is possibly best made by train to Bressanone and then bus to the small towns, St Ulrich and Selva.
For those travelling by car or tour bus there are some excellent routes to the east that follow the many passes between Bozen and Cortina D'Ampezza.
Without doubt there are many other fine places to visit in his area. Any research that I did for these journeys was before access to VTand the excellent ideas that members have taken the time to complete pages. A fascinating, historic city with an interesting central area, especialliy the arcades near the Duomo.
Useful phone numbers
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Italy:
State Police: 113
Forest Service: 1515
Guardia di Finanza (Customs/Financial Police): 117
Coast guard: 1530
There are so many most wonderful murals to be seen in the city center of Bolzano, so do make sure to check them out! My favourite one was the peacock more or less across the street from the restaurant "Weisses Rössel".
Castel Mareccio in Bolzano.
Castel Mareccio is situated adjacent to Bolzano ( Bozen ) city park, and is just off the hiking bicycle / foot trail going toward Castel Roncolo. The castle is surrounded by wine vinyards. It is another fascinating medieval fortress that is very well preserved. It is located on the valley floor, which is unusual for fortresses. The interior has been renovated into a lavish convention center. Guided tours are given Tuesdays only in German and Italian. Based on the architectural style, I would guess the age of Castel Mareccio to be between 750 and 900 years. Please correct me if my guess is wrong.
Located on Via Claudia de'Media
Bolzano is a fascinating, surprisingly friendly, and clean city. I enjoyed my four hours there.
Early Renaissance villa in Bolzano.
One of many fascinating old villas in and around Bolzano ( Bozen ). Most are surrounded by vinyards and heaviy forested hills.
Some details later on this villa.
See my other tips for getting to and finding your way around Bolzano.