The Bell -Tower of the Cathedral
Favorite thing: See the very impressive and attractive bell-tower disagned in a pure Gothic style. I would like to see the very same scene under the bright sunny day. Hope to have sunny day next time I'll visit Bolzano.
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: The Cathedral of Bolzano was dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and it is the most significant Gothic stayled cathedral in the area between Milan and Ulm.
It was built in the 14th and 15th centuries with an elegant apse, a steep tile roof. Fine doorways and reliefs adorn the exterior, and three aisled interior has frescoes of the 14th to the 16th centuries.
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: The Main Square of Bolzano nowadays is called Piazza Walther (von der Vogelweide), after German troubadour, however untill 1814 it was called Johannsplatz. The monument of Walther stands right in the middle of the square.
Fondest memory: The busy and very spacious Piazza Walther is the centre of the city.
- Family Travel
Unique Buildings in Bolzano
Fondest memory: The buildings and houses in Bolzano look very unique in that they don't really look Italian. They look more like Austrian or German style buildings. The colors, the windows, balconies make these buildings in Bolzano very unique. And therefore, it makes the city of Bolzano a unique Italian city also.
Take the cable tram up to the...
Favorite thing: Take the cable tram up to the Gruppo di Sella near the mountain, Marmolada. If you have time and are fit, you can also hike up! The Gruppo di Sella is encircled by mountain roads. So, if you're looking at a road atlas to find this place, look for a road that is a circle. That dot of a person in the pic is my brother standing on a ledge with some steep drop-offs on both sides... This is only a few minutes walk from the tram station.
- Hiking and Walking
lichinga's General Tip
Fondest memory: If there's an Alpine culture, well, I think Bolzano might be a good representative. The city has little to share with the average impression you may have from any Italian city: of course, Italy is made by several different aspects which may be quite far away one from the other, but Bolzano has something more. It is not just the fact of being a 'different' Italian city, but it seems it belongs to another universe, something partially suspended in the fading lights of the former Aubsburg Empire and something very well based on a reality of an autonomous mountain economy which exists and may be recognized.
Fondest memory: The things for sale in the shops in Bolzano aren't cheap but some of the kitchen equipment is of an extremely high standard. There seem to be lots of craftsman made knives. I bought a parmesan cheese grater - the grater bit sits on a wooden box, so after grating you can shake the cheese out. I use it several times a week and it still looks good. Cost about 30 Euro but worth every penny. Ours was from Schoenhuber Franchi.
AndreasK's General Tip
Fondest memory: On Saturday mornings I love my cup of coffee at the City Cafe (see picture) at Walther Square in Bolzano and enjoy reading my German and Italian newspapers (in northern Italy, quite a few newspapers are in German).
The Queen of the Dolomites is...
Favorite thing: The Queen of the Dolomites is a massif that reaches 3342 m of altitude with the Punta Penta. This peak, together with Punta Rocca, forms the main range, which is east-west oriented. The Punta Ombretta and Sasso Vernale are not so well known but are still part of the Marmolada.
Words cannot describe the stateliness of the Marmolada: only when you are face to face, you can feel the fascination of the highest mountain in the Dolomites, a massif that towers over Rocca Pietore and Agordino.
Summer and winter are almost the same here: skiing lovers can practise their favourite sport practically all year long on the big glacier of Punta Rocca and there is also a Summer Skiing School.
Take care on the hike back...
Favorite thing: Take care on the hike back down from Piz Boe. There are some steep sections when you are coming down in what appears to be a rock slide. The rocks can slide out from under you as you go. At the top of Piz Boe is a little cafe where you can get something to drink and eat. The pic was taken of my brother on the descent from the summit. There's a sailplane gliding overhead.
Bolzano belonged to Tyrolian...
Favorite thing: Bolzano belonged to Tyrolian Counts, Bishops of Trento , Bavarian and Napoleonic regimes, lastly Italy. There are only three people who understand the South Tyrol problem. One is dead, one went mad, and the other is me. But I've forgotten.
TRENTO: Piazza Duomo, view of...
Favorite thing: TRENTO: Piazza Duomo, view of the statue of Tridentum after which the town takes its name, the Duomo, and some real estate
For more on Trento see the travellogue
I was delighted by the beauty...
Favorite thing: I was delighted by the beauty of the dolomites... so we were visiting two places. Sexten in the Alta Pusteria near the Austrian border, and the region around the famous Sellaronda, a mountain where you can ski all day long around a mountain, never you take the same lift...
See also the Bolzano page of vtourist-member Rebibi!!!
The Bell-Tower of the Cathedral
Favorite thing: Another view of the bell-tower from different angle, it rises up from the rooftop of the cathedral. The panoramic view of the town from its top must be something.
- Family Travel
Go skiing to DOLOMITES
Fondest memory: The weather is just unbelievable here. For me it was 100 % of sunny days.
I went there with my best friend, so... here we are having fun in the best skiing region I've ever been to.