Visit Bolzano, the itinerary for a perfect trip
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«Are you wondering how you can visit Bolzano in just one weekend? Today we will take you to discover the most beautiful and characteristic places of the capital of Trentino Alto Adige. »
Our tour begins with a question: what to see when you visit Bolzano? Let’s start by saying that the town is located in the eastern part of the Valleys of Isarco, Sarentina and Adige; It is connected to the three nearby mountains by cable cars: the Colle cableway, which climbs Mount Pozza up to Colle di Villa, that of Renon, with the arrival in Soprabolzano, and that of San Genesio, which reaches the homonymous village on the highland of Salto.
«IT’S OPULENT, MODERN. BUT ITS BEAUTY IS GOTHIC: THE LONG STREETS LINED WITH PORTICOES, EMBELLISHED NOT SO MUCH BY THIS OR THAT CONSTRUCTION, BUT BY THE MOVEMENT OF THE CORNERS AND PROTRUSIONS, WHICH CREATES BACKDROPS OF THEATER, PLAYS OF LIGHT. »
So we were saying: what should you see when you visit Bolzano? Let’s start with the Duomo di Bolzano, the most important church of the city. Dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, it stands on 3 superimposed churches, while the tower of the bell tower was added only in 1517. Since 2010 the tower, which is 65 meters high, has been flooding the city with the echo of different melodies, every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00. Going back to the Cathedral, in the left aisle is preserved the Renaissance epitaph by Wilhelm III von Henneberg-Schleusingen. The plaque, commissioned to the sculptor Erasmus Forster and sculpted in Gardolo, was placed in the Cathedral around 1495-1496. Moreover, in the choir of the Cathedral, there is the tombstone of Ranieri Giuseppe of Habsburg-Lorraine, viceroy of the Lombard-Veneto Kingdom, who died in Bolzano in 1853.
Continuing our tour to find out what to see when you visit Bolzano, we arrive at Piazza delle Erbe, a very famous fruit and vegetable market founded in 1295; located in the historical center of the city, it houses a plaque commemorating the stay of Johann Wofgang Goethe, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and emperor Joseph II. At the center is the Fountain of Neptune, called by the town locals “host of the fork ” because of the trident that replaced the public pillory for the peasants.
From here you arrive directly under the Portici, which tell the story of the city to all of those who want to take long walks in the more than 300 meters of pedestrian streets full of shopping centers and shops. The places that you encounter during the walk were all homes or warehouses that have now become boutiques, shops or bars. An interesting thought to have whilst deciding what to do during your free time whilst you visit Bolzano.
A visit in Bolzano also means culture and art, so we arrive at the Archaeological Museum, always located in the historical center of the city. It’s famous especially for the works dedicated to the Man who came from the ice, like in the case of Otzi: equipped for the stay in the mountains, the materials used are fur and noble deer skin, bear, chamois, goat and cattle. Videoprojections illustrate on screens the discovery and recovery of the Man who came from the ice. At the end of the section, the “discovery room” offers the possibility to touch a reconstruction of his mantle.
If you want to know what to see in Bolzano do not forget the Technology Park NOI, which acts as a hub of technological innovation in 4 specific sectors: Alpine Technology, Green Technology, Food, Technology and Automation. It also includes initiatives by Fraunhofer Italia Research, Eurac and the Free University of Bolzano.
But not only, Bolzano also offers mountain cuisine, where the true protagonists are the dumplings, born to recycle dry bread and homemade pasta; As a second course, however, you should try the venisor goulasch and the pork loin with sauerkraut and potatoes. You should finish the meal with the unmissable strudel, cooked with apples from South Tyrol, pine nuts and raisins. Finally, it’s impossible not to mention the fruit distillates that are served at the end of the meal.
One last curiosity: in Bolzano there are the regional headquarters of RAI, which produces a radio and television programming in German, Italian and Latin.
Don’t wait any longer and go visit Bolzano!
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