Bolzano is the northernmost Italian city and most likely one particular of the most underrated areas by international travellers going to Italy for the initial time. It is nestled amongst valleys, mountains and vineyards and is the getaway to much more exploration of attractive South Tyrol and the Dolomites.
On this post, I have compiled a list with my suggestions for the ideal ten points to do in Bolzano in summer time, one particular of the lesser-identified modest towns in Northern Italy worth a take a look at.
What to do in Bolzano in Summer season
Becoming situated in the Italian Alps Bolzano is a multifaceted city that adjustments its colours and flair entirely, to match the season’s scenery. You will be stunned to see how cheerful Bolzano turns towards the summer time months. With its attractive flowerbeds and the sunlight reflecting the buildings, it tends to make it to a concert of colours. If you program a trip to South Tyrol in summer time, right here is my guide with the ideal points to do in Bolzano for active travellers.
1. Embrace the Dolomites landscape at Walther Square
This is the spot exactly where to start out your take a look at the city. Ideal in the heart of Bolzano, Walther Square is an open piazza with a excellent view of the surrounding valleys and the Dolomites in the background. It is a delight to devote time there, walking about and marvelling at the attractive old buildings, a blend of German and Italian architecture. You can view the statue of Walther von der Vogelweide, a medieval singer surrounded by significant flowerbeds. Or sit outdoors and appreciate the warm sunlight in summer time beneath the shade of umbrellas, sipping a drink or a coffee, when watching men and women go by and the Dolomites in the background. Walther Square is exactly where the popular Bolzano Christmas Markets and the Flower Market place take spot in winter.
two. Stop by the Bolzano Cathedral
This Gothic and Romanesque cathedral is one particular of the key attractions in Bolzano with its green emerald roof tiles, that stands out and tends to make it for a image fantastic scenery. The interior of the cathedral is not as thrilling as the exterior even though, but the altar is a Baroque masterpiece of the 17th century. The entrance is free of charge and worth a take a look at.
three. Browse by way of the markets Piazza Delle Erbe
The Bolzano Market place at Piazza Delle Erbe is also an iconic spot in Bolzano so complete of life, colours and smells. There you can not only obtain the ideal freshest neighborhood create but also taste delicacies from each German, Ladin and Italian traditions. It is worth browsing by way of the stalls to learn new herbs and spices. Never miss out to verify out the pubs and restaurants.
four. Take a stroll at By way of Dei Portici – Laubengasse
This was the key buying region in the oldest street of Bolzano when the city was born in 1180. The walkway is wholly covered beneath arches, the By way of Dei Portici, with decorated vaults, and a collonade is stretching for more than 300 meters from Mercato Delle Erbe to By way of Bottai, previous the town hall. Shine or rain, you will appreciate this stroll. And if you want to do some great buying in the arcades, there are dozens of areas, from significant brands to old shops. For positive a have to-do point when in Bolzano.
five. Meet the Otzi in the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology
No take a look at to Bolzano is total devoid of going to the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, a one of a kind museum exactly where you will see the effectively preserved Otzi. The 5300 years old Iceman was identified in an ancient glacier in 1991 in the Italian Alps. In the museum you can find out about the archaeological findings and all the artefacts in an entertaining show, also thanks to an fantastic audio guide that will reveal a lot of facts about the fascinating life of the Otzi the Iceman.
six. Take the Cable auto Renon
This is an additional major point to do in the city centre of Bolzano. Ideal from the Centro Storico (Italian) or Altstadt (German) you can take the cable auto for a brief ride to Renon on the major of the hills. For only 10 Euro the train ride requires you to the SopraBolzano station. From there you can savour the excellent view of the surrounding mountains. But there is a lot much more to do. Grab a map of the trails there are dozens of brief and medium extended walks that you can do from the Renon plateau to Collalbo which is connected by a train. And from there you can stroll any of the a lot of trails that take you by way of meadows, valleys and modest picturesque villages of Bolzano.
7. Stop by Castel D’Appiano
In Bolzano and South Tyrol, there are 800 castles to take a look at. Even though Runkelstein Castle is the most popular amongst the Bolzano castles, I recommend Castel D’Appiano as an alternative. You can get there by bus from town to take a look at the interior. Very first constructed in 1130 and rebuilt in 1350 this is most likely the most attractive castle in the complete area. You can take a look at the castle inside and outdoors with its pentagonal donjon, and complicated structure with a chalk tower tends to make it to a unique castle. Inside there is a incredibly effectively-identified tavern exactly where you can east exquisite meals, a scrumptious lunch soon after hiking in its vicinity. In summer time the D’Appiano Castle will hold the Jazz Festival Occasion on the Sunday 30th June. On all other days, there is a guided take a look at of the castle complicated and the chapel for 7 Euro from 11.00 to four.00pm.
eight. Discover the Puez-Geisler Nature Park
Out of the 7 South Tyrol nature parks, this is a image fantastic spot that combines it all. The Puez-Geisler nature park is one particular of the most spectacular websites in the Dolomites. From Bolzano, it requires one particular and a half hour drive, but the brief day trip is worth it. You can remain overnight or go to one particular of the day-hikes. This spot is important simply because of the geological rock formations that you can see on the hiking trails. There is a fairly extended circular hike at the foothills of the Sass de Putia, but there are a lot of much more beginning from there taking you to Zanser Alm (hut), and connecting Val Funes to Val Gardena. 1 of the unmissable point to do from Bolzano for a Dolomites road trip or a multi-day hiking trip.
I will be organising a day tour to the Puez Geisler Nature Park in June.
Or see Tour Particulars on the official South Tyrol web site.
How to get to Bolzano
The easiest way to get to Bolzano, from any other spot in Italy is to travel by train. Trains in Italy are the quickest way to move about the nation. From Venice to Bolzano it really is only a two.five hours train ride. From Milano three.five hours with the Frecce, and there are a couple of connections a day. If you choose driving a auto and want to take a look at much more of the Dolomites, it will take a couple of hours from Verona on the highway (autostrada).
How to discover Bolzano
Bolzano is one particular of the easiest and safest cities in Italy to get about. You do not have to have a auto to take a look at its surroundings thanks to a excellent neighborhood train and bus network that is incredibly effective and connects you with each and every smaller sized town and village in South Tyrol.
By bus and train: you can get just about anyplace from town. That is a wonderful point simply because you do not have to have to employ a auto in Bolzano to discover the Dolomites.
By Bike: South Tyrol and Bolzano are popular for their comprehensive cycling paths. There are a lot of, but these are the most identified bike routes in Bolzano: the 17km Oltradige Cycle Track from Bolzano to Caldaro. The Valle D’Isarco Cycle Track from Bressanone to Bolzano. And the Val D’Adige Cycling track from Bolzano to Merano.
By Cable Vehicle: there are 3 cable automobiles (Funivie) in town to take to the surrounding hilly plateau to appreciate a view of the city from above.
By rental auto: if you want to be much more independent than hiring a auto is the way to go, it offers you much more flexibility, and you do not have to adjust to
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