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 Welcome to Bolzano

Welcome to Bolzano-The city of Christmas markets and museums

Bolzano is an enviable picture not only just of hillside but also of vineyards contributing its urban architecture. Bolzano owes its unique atmosphere and hospitality to other factors too: the lively streets and squares, the footpaths for those who like walking and three cable cars for those seeking the thrill of heights and panoramic views. Green surroundings and lovely mountains frame the urban area: the space of the town is closely interwoven with that of nature.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bolzano's cultural and social life is very vivacious. Throughout the year there are important fairs, exhibitions, shows and cultural events: the Spring Market, the Flower Festival, the Südtirol Jazz Festival Alto Adige, Bolzano Dance, the concerts of the Youth Orchestras, the Piano Competition Ferruccio Busoni, the Festival of the brass bands, the Christmas Market, the Family Festival.                                                                                               The historical centre of present-day Bolzano was built as a trading centre between 1170-1180 AD, the site chosen because of its favourable location along the transit route between Germany and northern Italy. In the Middle Ages Bolzano belonged to the so-called Holy Roman Emperor. In the 12th century the Counts of Tirol became the dominant power in the region, taking their name from their castle on the mountainside overlooking Merano. Bolzano enjoyed its golden age in the 17th century when the duchess of Tyrol, Claudia de' Medici, conferred market privileges on the town. The wealthy market town attracted numerous artists who left their mark on Bolzano. Today Bolzano is the provincial capital of the “Autonomous Province of Bolzano” and seat of the South Tyrolean provincial government which administers the region with extensive powers of autonomy. 

Information and facts


Nightlife in Bolzano is certainly not its greatest draw, but there are some centers, especially around the long curve of Piazza delle Erbe. There you'll find a few other wine bars, pubs, Stube, and tiny live-music venues in addition to the following establishments.


Bolzano is a historic market town with deep roots. Today it is a major commercial centre which extends from the narrow, charming streets of the historic centre to Corso Libertà, and the high streets and shopping malls of its quarters. Shopping here is a reflection of multi-cultural exchange: from traditional South Tyrolean clothing to designer fashion, from traditional stores selling local products to Italian regional delis, from charming local market stalls to the market of piazza delle Erbe, a colourful triumph of fruits, vegetables, flowers and breads.


The surroundings of Bolzano are rich in culture and offer numerous sights that are definitely worth a visit during your holiday in Bolzano and its surroundings. The capital itself is known for its romantic arcades, the colourful fruit market and elegant stores as well as for the numerous architectural gems such as the Gothic Dome, the Dominican Church and the Franciscan Monastery's cloister. When strolling through Bolzano and its surroundings, you will be able to drink in the appealing mix of Italian chic and alpine tradition. Once the weather isn't too good during your hiking holiday in South Tyrol, a visit to Bolzano is an exciting alternative. You should go for a visit to Roncolo Castle with its beautiful frescoes, located at the entrance of Val Sarentino, the Mercantile Museum beneath the Portici di Bolzano arcades or the Museion; the museum of modern and contemporary art. During your holiday in South Tyrol you mustn't miss out on visiting the South Tyrolean Archaeological Museum, where you will gain insights into the life of Ötzi, the famous glacier mummy.


Time zone: UTC/GMT+2 hours


Bolzano has a humid subtropical climate that is mild with no dry season, constantly moist. Summers are hot and muggy with thunderstorms. Winters are mild with precipitation from mid-latitude cyclones. Seasonality is moderate. The mean annual temperature is 11.6 degrees Celsius.  In the winter time records indicate temperatures by day reach 7.2°C on average, falling to -4.1°C overnight. In spring time temperatures climb reaching 18.9°C generally in the afternoon, with overnight lows of 5.3°C. During summer average high temperatures are 28.1°C and average low temperatures are 14°C. In autumn temperatures decrease achieving average highs of 18.2°C during the day and lows of 5.5°C generally shortly after sunrise.

Public transport

Bolzano airport is served by flights to Rome, Olbia and Cagliari. Cheap airport transfers are available through Locus Coach.
Buses run by SAD leave from the bus station for destinations throughout the province. SAD buses also head for resorts outside the province, including Cortina d’Ampezzo. 
Bolzano train station is connected by hourly trains with Merano, Trento, Verona, with less frequent connections to Brunico.
Bicycles can be picked up at the open-air bike rental stall near the train station. Bikes cost €6 for one hour, or an extra €2 for more than six hours, but must be returned overnight; you may need to leave a deposit. The tourist office also rents bikes for €5 per day (plus deposit).



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