The tourist information in Bozen is on Piazza Walther right next to the Cathedral. They give you a free map, answer all your questions and you can book tours there or obtain tickets for cultural events.
Azienda di Soggiorno e Turismo
39100 Bolzano, Piazza Walther, 8
Tel. 0471 307000
Fax 0471 980128
If you are interested in getting a map beforehand, you can download it here
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.
When preparing a trip to Bolzano it might be quite useful to have a look at some websites before going there. Here is a list of useful links:
- VT Bolzano/Bozen pages
- wikitravel Bolzano/Bozen guide
- http://www.comune.bolzano.it (Italian and German)
we went here by bus from Bolzano, awesome lake, the biggest lake of Italy.
i remember beautifull houses/hotels when walking
very pittoresque! more info
again no pictures at my home:-)
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.
Il Municipio (the Town Hall), situated at beautiful Piazza Municipio, was designed in neo-Baroque style and erected in 1907.
The front facade of the building, and the one that is situated next to it, is nicely coloured with the ornaments. Too bad I didn't take the picture of it under the day light.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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