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Discovering South Tyrol: Bolzano city centre

Bolzano is the capital of South Tyrol, a small but resourceful province nestled in the middle of the Alps. The province's multilingualism gives it a special charm and attracts millions of tourists from all over the world every year, who adore the facilities and services of South Tyrolean hospitality as well as the high quality of life, the many cultural attractions and the unique natural landscape.

The city is nestled in a basin surrounded by hills and high mountains; there are about 300 sunny days each year, making Bolzano one of the warmest cities in Italy. 


The arcades of the old town cross Bolzano from east to west and form the heart of the city. They were built as early as the 12th century by the bishops of Trento and are now in the hands of Bolzano's merchants. Charming boutiques and elegant stores, cafés, traditional restaurants and lively bars make the hearts of all lovers of the life, rhythms and architecture of this city beat faster.

We would like to point out the Mercantile Museum, located in this street: it houses the economic history of Bolzano and contains collections of documents, paintings and furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Continuing southwards, in the direction of Bolzano center, the 65-metre-high bell tower of the cathedral, built in the 12th century, rises majestically into the sky. 

In front of it lies the most important square of the city, Walther Square, a meeting place for old and young people that hosts festivals and events throughout the year. In the center there is the monument of Walther von der Vogelweide (1170 - 1230), the most famous poet ever in Middle High German, the German spoken between 1050 and 1350 approximately. 

Tourists have a hard time saying no to the inviting hotels, restaurants and bars on the square, which happily pamper them with fresh aperitifs and traditional dishes.

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The fruit market is a real meeting place for Bolzano’s citizens.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are available here every day, as well as many traditional but also exotic products not always readily available in the supermarket.

In spring and summer, the market is filled with the Mediterranean scents of fresh basil, tomatoes, oregano, garlic and other vegetables. In the fall, colorful stalls roast chestnuts and in the winter, excellent mulled wine is served. Bread, cheese, sausages and flowers are sold and enjoyed throughout the year.

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To the west of the old town flows the Talvera River, which is the largest recreational area in Bolzano. Green meadows, skateparks, basketball, soccer and volleyball courts attract hundreds of young people but also people of all ages every day. Here you can rest after your "journey of discovery of Bolzano", eat an ice cream or have a drink in one of the bars along the river. We invite you to read the blog about the surroundings of Bolzano to get more information.


There are many other museums in Bolzano including the Civic Museum of Bolzano, the Archaeological Museum about Ötzi, the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Museion and the Treasure of the Cathedral of Bolzano

Each of them delves into particular and interesting themes and aspects. Don't miss one!  

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The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is a public institution that stands out throughout Italy for the strong trilingual imprint that is adopted in almost all faculties. This is reflected in teaching, study and research and gives the city an international flair as well as a strong attitude of openness towards the English language, Europe and the whole world. The University offers more than 30 courses in three languages and is very competitive in national and international rankings. In addition, the facilities are modern and the tools provided are state-of-the-art. 

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Thank you for accompanying us on this brief tour across the city centre. You will soon discover that Bolzano owns all the resources and services to meet different needs and lifestyles. 

Let yourself be intrigued and... go on an adventure!

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