Obstplatz: shopping for local foods for the train trip
If you think back to your first trip to Europe, especially if it occurred when you were a poor student, you will likely most fondly remember having a picnic with local food and perhaps wine. I think if I imagine France, it’s quite possibly the first thing that comes to mind. Not that I don’t still enjoy it, but as you get older and have more money, you tend to go out to eat particularly if your time in a city is limited.
On this trip to Bolzano, being with my 86 year old father and sister, a picnic didn’t exactly stand out as an important option but after a gigantic lunch and with a four hour train trip looming, we decided to take advantage of the local market called the Obtsplatz to buy some provisions. It’s a colorful affair and worth a peek and there’s some photo opportunities even if you don’t want to buy anything.
What to buy: We picked up some fruit from one of the vendors who seemed to give us more than we asked for but the prices were fair enough anyway. We also got some crusty rolls from the Franziskaner Bäckerei. My Dad loves prosciutto and this part of Italy is noted for something very similar: Speck. Though made from the same part of the pig, this version is smoked. We had him try it in Innsbruck and he thought it was great so we tried to get some in the market only to find that the person selling it was doing it by the piece, not the slice. He said he could slice it but it would not have been thin enough. So, we went looking for a store that could provide what we wanted. We stumbled across Bergdorf at Dr-Joseph-Streitergasse 2 and for €4.69 we were on our way with more than enough for four sandwiches.
All we needed was some wine and across the street at Via Bottai 29 was a Despar, a supermarket where I picked up a bottle of local wine called Kalterersee Auslese for another €6.15.
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Suedtiroler Werkstaetten.: Everything is handmade there.
Here you can buy some beautiful gifts to take home.
At S. W. they sell various kinds of handmade things. I mean items made of glass, wood, porcelain and so on.
What to buy: Here you can find statues, lamps, candles and lots of home decorations.
Sportler: Sports Gear
Good sports store. They call themselves the best in the alps. Selection is good. Have some good prices on own stuff as well.
Just being remodeled at the moment.
Have a good restaurant as well on back side.
Portici - Lauben
The "Lauben" or "Portici" are arcades that have lots of wonderful shops inside: fashion, books, souvenirs and handicraft - so this makes it the perfect shopping area of Bolzano. The arcades give shade during the hot summer months, but also protection against rain or snow in the colder seasons.
Even if you do not want to buy anything, do not hesitate to go inside those shops. We, for instance, went inside the wonderful handicraft shop and I was surprised at all the stories above the ground floor. Wonderful atmosphere, too!
The Obstmarkt = Fruit Market is such a colorful sight to see - and it is not only fruit that you can buy there, but also vegetables, cheese and the famous smoked ham. Apart from the delicious goods there is also some culture to admire:
on the opposite side of Neptune's Well (erected in 1745) there is a Neogothic house, which used to be Hotel Sonne. This is where famous people like Goethe, Herder and Emperor Josef II stayed overnight!
"Riegler": Leather goods
This is one of the most beautiful shops situated in porticoe Leuben. It sells leather garments but the prices are pretty much high.
What to buy: To those of you who are interest in buying Italian high quality leather garments: do not buy it in the winter time because you'll pay double price comparing the prices in July of August.
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Various: Shopping under the porticoes
The whole shopping area of Bolzano is porticoed, and it remained me on those at Padova or Bologna. Most of the shops you find "in giro" selling winter sports articles.
What to buy: I suggest you to buy clothes in the Veneto area because the prices here are much higher then those in Verona or Vicenza.
Fresh fruits and vegetables
If you like fresh fruits and vegetables, a special area in Bolzano is dedicated to just that. The fruit market area offers shoppers an eye opener to a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh watermelons, grapes, peaches, and pears are just some of the fruits they sell. The area is worth to have a look.
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