Bolzano: the city where two cultures meet

Visit the Historic City Center

 

The attractions of the city of Bolzano begin in its historic city center. During your stay in this city, pay a visit to the various churches that characterize the town. The Dominican church dates back to the late 1200s. A mix of Gothic and Baroque elements combine with the frescoes preserved inside. And when you enter the church, visit the chapel of St. John with a set of frescoes of great value by Giotto that are worth seeing. The church of Gries was an ancient monastery where Augustinian monks lived.

 

The cathedral dedicated to Maria Assunta located in the center of the city is the city’s cathedral, and it preserves the elements of great artistic and architectural importance. The churches are not the only structures that enrich the cultural and artistic heritage of the territory, the ancient palaces that are now museums or exhibition venues, are also contributing.

 

And what about the monuments? The Walther von der Vogelweide is remarkable and worthy of note and dates back to as far as the late 1800s.

Visiting the Historic City Center

 

The attractions of the city of Bolzano begin in its historic city center. During a stay in this city, it is recommended that you pay a visit to the various churches that characterize the town. The Dominican church dates back to the end of 1200. A mix of Gothic and Baroque elements are combined with the frescoes preserved inside. And when you enter the church, you have to visit the chapel of St. John with a set of frescoes of great value by Giotto that are worth seeing. The church of Gries was an ancient monastery where Augustinian monks lived.

 

The cathedral dedicated to Maria Assunta, located in the centre of the city, is the city’ s cathedral, and it preserves elements of great artistic and architectural importance. The churches are not the only structures that enrich the cultural and artistic heritage of the territory, the ancient palaces that are now museums or exhibition venues are also enriching.

 

And what about the monuments? The Walther von der Vogelweide is remarkable and worthy of note and dates back to as far as the end of the 1800s.

Bolzano between art and culture

 

Countless museums of ancient and contemporary art enrich the history of Bolzano. The Museion is famous for its exhibits of contemporary and modern arts which includes elements of architecture, theater, and fine arts. The Museum of Natural Sciences allows enthusiasts or anyone who is simply driven by curiosity to get to know the surrounding landscape, with a particular interest in the birth and formation of the Dolomites. Also, a great attraction for children is the marine aquarium with exhibits of the sea life that attract and enchant everyone.

 

The Merchant Museum tells the story of the bursar of Bolzano with exhibits and pictures. You can see traces of the Palaeolithic period of Carolingian rule in the Archaeological Museum. This museum is also called Ötzi, because of the man who came from the ice, a work that attracts even the youngest. It is a true moist mummy. There is also a school museum, aimed at teaching about the different cultures that have pleasantly shaped the city of Bolzano.

Discovering the castles

 

The surrounding castles are also full of culture and host museums and exhibitions of various kinds, such as the Messner Mountain Museum Firmian located in Formigra, the original name of the fortified structure.

 

The Roncolo castle was built in 1237 and is often used for cultural events of great interest. Despite frequent renovations, the castle still has intact the ancient frescoes that enrich its rooms.

 

Castel Flavon, on the other hand, has been turned into a restaurant which now hosts highly prestigious receptions. This structure also contains illustrious frescoes from distant eras. The story is also tinged with dark tones when it comes to the Nazi concentration camp in the area. Historical events of great impact allow us to evoke tragic stories of Bolzano past, that brings to mind the broken lives of deportees.

Discovering the castles

 

The surrounding castles are also full of culture and host museums and exhibitions of various kinds, such as the Messner Mountain Museum Firmian, which is located in Formigra, the original name of the fortified structure.

 

The Roncolo castle was built in 1237 and is often used for cultural events of great interest. Despite frequent renovations, the castle still has intact the ancient frescoes that enrich its rooms.

 

Castel Flavon, on the other hand has been converted into a restaurant which now hosts highly important receptions. This structure also contains very illustrious frescoes from distant eras. The story is also tinged with dark tones when it comes to the Nazi concentration camp in the area. Historical events of great impact allow us to evoke tragic stories Bolzano’s past, that brings to mind the broken life of deportees.

A leap into nature

 

And if you love castles and adore nature, you can’t help but walk along the paths of castles, a real itinerary that will lead you to the discovery of these ancient fortifications in the middle of the landscape. 20 km of leisurely walks in the countryside while breathing only pure air.

 

Bolzano is a city of a thousand surprises where you can enjoy the wildest of nature at just a stone throw from the city center. There are several routes that you can follow to stroll and enjoy the beautiful landscape: among them, we remember Guncina and Sant’Osvaldo, Lungotalvera Bolzano and Lungotalvera San Quirino.

 

The Talvera stream also flows through the city, and around it, there are flourish lush grass and perfect nature.

An eventful city

 

During the year, the events of all sorts are organized in Bolzano, respecting the traditions and peculiarities of the region. A classic spring example is the Flower Festival: an opportunity to enjoy the scents of flowers, awakening nature and green trees.

 

The flower festival lasts for three whole days in which Walther Square becomes a real botanical garden, where you can admire all kinds of flower species.

 

This same square also becomes the venue for another significant event organized for families, the family festival, which is held in February with its sole purpose to entertain children and adults.

 

The puppet shows entertain the young guests with fun scenes and engage them in activities.

 

If you are a music lover, you will have to wait until the summer to listen to some good jazz at the Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige, which takes place in July.

 

Musicians from all over the world cheer up their guests with jazz music and hold concerts in the city squares and clubs.

An eventful city

 

During the year, events of all sorts are organized in Bolzano, respecting the traditions and peculiarities of the region. A classic spring example is the Flower Festival: an opportunity to enjoy the scents of flowers, awakening nature and green trees.

 

The flower festival takes place for three whole days in which Walther Square becomes a real botanical garden, where you can admire all sorts of flower species.

 

This same square also becomes the venue for another important event aimed at families, the family festival, which is held in February and has as its sole purpose to entertain children and adults.

 

Puppet shows entertain the young guests with fun scenes and engage them in activities.

 

If you are a music lover, you will have to wait until the summer to listen to good jazz music at the Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige, which takes place in July.

 

Musicians from all over the world cheer up their guests with jazz music and hold concerts in the city’s squares and clubs.

CHRISTMAS IN THE MARKETS OF BOLZANO

 

A Christmas tradition that the countries of the north love to revive every year at Christmas is the markets. We are obviously talking about the Christmas markets that from late November will host about 80 artisans, gastronomic and artistic stands. This Christmas tradition has been going on for 27 years now, without ever losing the same enthusiasm as in the first year.

 

Not only are objects linked to religious holidays available, but there are also rituals and customs handed down by grandmothers that have survived to this day. A special area is also reserved out of respect for the environment: the green event supports the ecosystem with initiatives aimed at protecting nature. Children also deserve more attention during this period, which for them takes on a more magical tone. Several activities for them are organized, such as the electric train, the carousel, the puppet show and an unforgettable and fun ride on a real carriage.

 

The Christmas markets offer handicrafts, clothing, musical instruments, regular and Christmas dishes, stationery and various household decorations.

A glimpse of Bolzano from the sky

 

Bolzano is a city full of events and attractions that take place not only on the mainland! If you look up in the sky, you can enjoy a panorama with unique contours that will fascinate you from the very first moment.

 

But how can you benefit from this almost heavenly image? Simple: there are three cable cars in Bolzano that allow you to take a trip through the clouds and admire the city from above.

 

The hill’s cable car is the oldest, dating to as far back as the early 20th century. The Renon cable car is certainly the most modern and will take you on an itinerary, in which you can also admire the Dolomites and the earth pyramids.

 

The cable car of San Genesio is wonderful at sunset because it offers a spectacle that must not be missed, which must be memorialized and kept in memory forever.

A glimpse of Bolzano from the sky

 

Bolzano is a city full of events and attractions that are not only on the mainland! If you look out into the sky, you can take advantage of a panorama with unique contours that will captivate you from the very first moment.

 

But how can you take advantage of this almost heavenly vision? Simple: There are three cable cars in Bolzano that allow you to take a trip through the clouds and admire the city from above.

 

The hill’s cable car is the oldest, dating to as far back as the early twentieth century. The Renon cable car is certainly the most modern, and will take you on an itinerary in which you can also admire the Dolomites and the earth pyramids.

 

The cable car of San Genesio is wonderful at sunset because it offers a spectacle that must not be missed, which must necessarily be immortalized and kept forever in memory.

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