Bolzano and surroundings: between holidays, tourism and taste
Welcome to Love Bolzano, the website dedicated to discovering the South Tyrolean city. With us, through our tourist information, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the life, culture and history of Bolzano, a city full of scenic, historical and cultural beauties. For centuries a meeting point between different languages and cultures. Bolzano is an open and welcoming city, capable of offering its visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. Our desire is to share with our readers all that the city has to offer, from its ancient history to its modern attractions, from its typical cuisine to its breathtaking landscapes.
Follow us on this journey to discover the city and let yourself be conquered by its charm!
If, on the other hand, you are passing through and don’t want to miss the opportunity to see the city, we recommend that you view our guide on what to visit in Bolzano in one day.
What to do and where to stay in Bolzano
Would you like to stay in Bolzano or its surroundings and are you looking for information on how to best enjoy your holiday? here you can find all the advice on what to visit, what to do and where to stay.
Are you on holiday and would you like to know what to see in Bolzano? here are our suggestions on the main points of interest that you absolutely must visit.
What to do
In this section you will find our advice on what to do in Bolzano. From recreational and sporting activities to events
Where to sleep
Are you looking for a place to stay in Bolzano? here you can find all the accommodations to book your stay in our beautiful city.
Bolzano between past and present
A brief note on the history of Bolzano
The history of Bolzano dates back to the 4th century BC, when the city was inhabited by the networks. In the 15th century BC, the city was incorporated into the Roman Empire, and subsequently became an important trading center for trade between Northern Europe and Italy.
In 1920, Bolzano was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy, and in the following years it became an important industrial centre, with the opening of many factories and the birth of a working class. During the first half of the 20th century, the city was at the center of political and linguistic tensions, due to the strong divisions between the Italian-speaking and German-speaking population.
The climate of Bolzano
The climate of Bolzano is subcontinental with little rainfall. It turns out to be rigid in winter reaching temperatures below zero and very hot in summer often exceeding 35 °C.
Languages and population of Bolzano
The languages spoken in Bolzano are Italian, German and, to a very small extent, Ladin.
The population of Bolzano is over 70% Italian-speaking, 25% German-speaking and a very small part of Ladin-speaking. The municipality of Bolzano has 107,503 inhabitants (ISTAT data 2021).
Bolzano, in German Bozen, is a city located in Northern Italy. It is the capital and autonomous province of the Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol region.
It is a very popular tourist destination surrounded by mountains and forests, making it an ideal destination for tourists, mountain and nature lovers and outdoor activities, such as hiking, climbing, trekking, cycling and skiing. The city is also home to several natural parks, gardens and hiking trails, offering visitors a chance to enjoy the area’s natural beauty.
Bolzano is a city rich in history and culture, with a well-preserved historic center that dates back to the Middle Ages. The historic center hosts many tourist attractions, including several historic buildings, monuments, the Cathedral of Bolzano, Piazza Walther, Castel Roncolo – Runkelstein and other interesting places to visit such as the South Tyrolean archaeological museum which houses important archaeological finds from prehistoric cultures including Ötzi, the mummy of the Similaun.
Today, Bolzano is a modern and dynamic city, with a diversified economy that includes sectors such as tourism, commerce and the production of fine wines and a rich cultural life. The city is home to numerous companies and an important university, and offers many job, training and investment opportunities.
It also has a vibrant cultural scene, with many festivals, concerts and shows taking place throughout the year.
Among the most important events we find the Christmas markets in Bolzano. Tourists who visit the city in this period often choose to stay overnight in hotels near the markets to enjoy the extraordinary Christmas atmosphere that reigns in the city.
Bolzano’s cuisine is also highly appreciated, with many craft breweries, trattorias and restaurants offering typical dishes from South Tyrol and Mediterranean cuisine. In fact, the local cuisine combines elements of Italian cuisine with typical products of typical Tyrolean cuisine.
Where is Bolzano?
It is located at 265 meters above sea level. in the eastern part between the Sarentina, Isarco and Adige valleys. Surrounded to the north-west by the Salten Plateau (Salto) to the north-east by Monte Tondo (Cima del Renon) to the west by Mendola and to the south-east by Monte Pozza (Known as Colle).
It borders the municipalities of Appiano sulla Strada del Vino, Cornedo all’Isarco, Laives, Nova Ponente, Renon, San Genesio Atesino, Terlano, Vadena.
Bolzano is crossed by the Talvera stream which flows into the Isarco river.
How is life in Bolzano?
Bolzano is a very green city where the quality of life and the environment is among the best in Italy, in fact, it is often elected among the first places in the Legambiente report.
Furthermore, it has been elected by Booking.com as one of the ten best cities to visit in the world in 2023!
The areas of Bolzano
Bolzano is made up of 5 districts:
- Centro-Piani-Rencio (Zentrum-Bozner Boden-Rentsch);
- Oltrisarco-Aslago (Oberau-Haslach);
- Europa-Novacella (Europa-Neustift);
- Don Bosco (Neugries);
- Gries-S.Quirino (Gries-Quirein)
The historic center of Bolzano is one of the busiest areas of the city, where there are historic buildings and monuments, including the famous Piazza Walther, the Cathedral of Bolzano and the church of San Giovanni in Villa. Here you can stroll along the pedestrian streets, go shopping and enjoy the local cuisine in numerous restaurants and cafes.
I Piani is a residential area to the west of the historic centre. Here is the Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Carmine, a 17th-century Baroque church with a panoramic view of the city. The Piani are connected to the city center by the Renon funicular.
The coats of arms
Some pictures of Bolzano
Take a look at some of the photos taken around the city of the most interesting places.
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How to get to Bolzano?
There are many tourists who travel to Bolzano or to the mountains in the localities near Bolzano during the year. Here’s how you can reach our town.
How to get to Bolzano from the highway?
Reaching Bolzano is very easy and convenient thanks to the A22 Brennero motorway (Bolzano Sud and Bolzano Nord exit) – E45 or the state road 12 and SS241.
The railway station is very convenient thanks to the various Eurocity trains that connect Bolzano to Naples, Rome, Milan, Venice, Verona, Munich.
The closest airports to Bolzano are those of Bolzano-Dolomiti, Verona, Bergamo, Innsbruck, and then reach our city by shuttle or train.
Bolzano Airport, or Bolzano-Dolomiti, is located in the southern area of Bolzano, more precisely in the San Giacomo area. It is only 5 km from the center and 1 km from the A22 Bolzano Sud exit and the Bolzano Sud-Fiera railway stop.
Bolzano train station
The Bolzano train station is located in the center where it is possible to reach all places of major interest on foot. For example, it is only 5 minutes from Piazza Walther. Outside the station you can find bus stops and a taxi service.
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