Bolzano, the capital of the homonymous Province of Trentino Alto Adige, is a fascinating city where tradition and modernity come together to create an enchanted environment that deserves to be experienced in all its fullness.
The first thing that strikes, as soon as you enter this city, it is certainly its architecture rich in elements dating back to the period of Austrian domination and in some corners of the city it seems almost to walk in a setting of the past. A past full of mystery and charm.
But Bolzano is much more than this. Bolzano is a city in which everything a tourist or a citizen can find, whether it is a place to eat or have an aperitif with friends, or whether it is a museum or other activities with what to spend your free time.
There is so much to do and see in Bolzano that a single day is not enough.
Bolzano of Culture.
Museums, churches, castles, historic streets and squares. For those who love culture and love spending their days immersed in knowledge and art, Bolzano offers a wide range of destinations to visit.
Among all the museums of the city, you can not miss a visit to the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, which not only contains all the findings found in the area up to the Carolingian age, but which also contains Oetzi, the well-known man recovered from the ice in recent years that has attracted the attention of scholars and ordinary people for the extraordinary nature of its discovery.
But, if this visit is not interesting, Bolzano offers the possibility of choosing among other museums, among which the Museoin (the museum of modern and contemporary art), the Museo del Tesoro del Duomo and the Museo Mercantile.
Bolzano is a territory rich in churches. Starting from the Cathedral up to the Church of San Giorgio, Bolzano offers its visitors the opportunity to see a fascinating excerpt of the art that has crossed the city over the centuries, with rich accents of the Gothic style.
Ma Bolzano is also the city of castles and fortified residences that represent its most authentic history. Among these, the Messner Mountain Museum Firmian is worth a visit, which also houses the Mountain Museum designed by Reinhold Messner.
Bolzano to drink … and to eat
The autochthonous wines, the typical dishes and a mix between the Mediterranean and the Tyrolean cuisine, these are all the elements that blend perfectly harmoniously in the restaurants you will find in Bolzano, where you can taste the typical dishes of the area (such as dumplings or venison goulash) alongside the great dishes of Italian cuisine, all accompanied by native wines such as Santa Maddalena. The choice will not be lacking throughout the city. The tourist can always choose a different restaurant, sure to find a warm welcome and tasty dishes.
Bolzano: a city to live.
Excursions, walks, conferences and events … Bolzano offers different possibilities to be experienced during the day. And, at night, there is no shortage of opportunities to experience a satisfying evening in the whole city, thanks to its cinemas and nightclubs.
Throughout the year, there are a lot of events of all kinds. Every season, in fact, has its own event that distinguishes it, like the flower festival in spring (a market exhibition full of all botanical production), the South Tyrol Jazz Festival in South Tyrol in summer or the traditional Santa Maddalena Day (dedicated day) to this wine, with tastings and its varieties).
And, among all these events certainly can not be missing …
… The Christmas market in Bolzano.
The Christmas market in Bolzano is the most awaited event of the whole winter, where rituals and customs of Bolzano are presented in a suggestive setting in which stands the big Christmas tree and, at its feet, the nativity scene set up by the city.
In this climate of Christmas traditions and atmosphere there is also a place for gastronomy, thanks to the stands that wind throughout the Christmas market.
Visiting the Christmas market in Bolzano then becomes a must in this city during the winter. The climate of this market will enrich the heart of every visitor with an atmosphere of joy and love unique in the world.