Bolzano is the capital of Italy's South Tyrol and makes a great base for enjoying this delightful alpine area. The city has around 100,000 inhabitants, most of whom speak Italian or German as their local language and the area embraces both cultures. The local houses have carved gables, oriel windows and flower decked balconies. With its lovely architecture, winding alleyways, impressive churches and colourful markets it is a great place to enjoy a holiday in northern Italy.
There are three cable cars which carry tourists and locals to Renon, San Genesio and Colle. For those who can cope with heights, these cable cars offer stunning views of the alpine scenery which stretches for miles.Cycling
Bolzano is a very bike-friendly city and has an excellent bike path network for getting around. The surrounding scenic area is also ideal for exploring on two wheels from your Bolzano holiday villa.
There are many old wineries around Bolzano and along the Valle Isarco. Bolzano is the home of the world famous Magdamener wine and wineries usually offer tours and wine tastings of their produce.
Piane is the historic Old Town district of Bolzano and has many typical Italian piazzas and beautiful Government building. Go shopping in the historic arcades and visit the Gothic Duomo with its fretwork spire and beautiful "wine door", decorated with figures tending the vines. Bolzano has several interesting museums including the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
Bolzano is well known for its Bronze age mummy of a peasant which was found nearby, preserved in the glacier of Val Seanles. The ice preserved the man's clothing and equipment for over 5,000 years and exhibits include his copper axe, flint knife, a quiver of arrows and some baskets. Otzi is the oldest human mummy in Europe and is a fascinating attraction
This impressive castle on the Via Claudia de’Medici dates back to the early 13th century. The courtyard has a loggia and four Renaissance corner towers which were added in the 16th century. See the many frescoes around the castle, some of which show the emblems of the 16th century Tyrolean families. The castle is now surrounded by fields of vines which are used to produce the local wine.
As it is in the Alps, Bolzano has snowy winters with temperatures below freezing. In the summer, temperatures soar to a pleasant 29°C (84° F) and rain showers are possible. The South Tyrol area around your Bolzano holiday accommodation enjoys 8 hours of sunshine in the summer, making it very pleasant for outdoor activities.
The nearest major airport to your Bolzano holiday villa is Innsbruck Kranebitten (INN) Airport which is over the border in Austria and is 83km away. The Marco Polo International (VCE) Airport is at Venice, 135km away. Pick up a hire car and enjoy the drive through the stunning scenery.