In the seventies (yes long...
In the seventies (yes long time ago)i have been to the Dolomites, stayed at Kiens,a small city and i visited Venice offcourse!
What a beautifull city. I also visited the Garda-lake, Trentino, Verona and some other beautifull places Kronplatz Holiday Region with its 15 constituent parts: Bruneck, Al Plan-S. Vigilio, Olang, St. Lorenzen, Kiens, Pfalzen, Antholzertal, Rasen im Antholzertal, Terenten, Gsieser Tal/Welsberg/Taisten, Gais-Uttenheim and St. Martin in Thurn.
These villages lie between 786 and 1,650 meters (2,579 and 5,414 ft) above sea level.
As Bolzano is part of South Tyrol / Alto Adige it is bilingual - both Italian and German. It is incredible to experience this: people switch from one language to the other and at times there are funny combinations of the two languages!
Also, all the signs are written in both languages - so my chance to get by were really good!!!
Castel Roncolo; Medieval citadel of the Talvera
Castel Roncolo / Schloss Runselstein ( even the castles have both a german and an italian name in Trentino-Alto Adige ) was built in AD 1237, and completely rebuilt 40 years later after being destroyed by enemies. The castle is in excellent condition and looks much as it did 700 years ago. Castel Roncolo is the prototypical medieval Tyrolean fortress, complete with drawbridge, moat, and rooks.
This photo was taken from the base of the steep, densely forested, dolomitic hill occupied by castel Roncolo.
To get there proceed nothward along the Talvera River about 3 km. from Bolzano ( Bozen ) citta centro. Well maintained bicycle / foot trails are on both sides of the river all the way to the castle. Bolzno is a jogger's paradise. Enjoy Bolzano's beautiful and vast city park enroute to the castle. It is one of the best city parks to be found anywhere. The hike is exhilerating and rewarding. If you are not up to the hike take Bus #12 from the stadt centrum or citta centro.
The church of St. Antonio is situated on the beautiful square where the crossroad lead in the direction of Rovereto and further to Bolzano. Unfortunatelly the church was closed and we couldn't see its interiors.
Here is a map with suggested...
Here is a map with suggested hiking trails in the Dolomite mountains. Each of the trails is several days long, some will take up to 15 days. All of them start in the north and will lead you south. Late July I will start my first hike; friends suggested I should start at Lago di Braies, and hike south along the high route 1, through the Pragser, Tofana, and Civetta mountain groups (see dark blue line, ending in Belluno; click on the map to enlarge). We will find accommodation along the trail in several mountain lodges (huts), so we don't have to carry neither a tent, nor a sleeping bag, nor do we have to bring our own food along...