Bolzano lies in the bilingual area of Italy known as Alto Adige, but in German, it is Bozen in Sued Tirol! It is historically an Austrian town but after World War I was taken over by Italy, given an Italian name and filled with Italians (possibly a controversial statement!). A testament to the new Italian Bolzano can be seen in the form of a large archway in the town.
This town is dominated by a more Italian feel and this is reflected in the languages and tourists you'll hear when walking around. However, the architecture still retains a distinctly Austrian feel.
One of the delights of Bozen is the daily markets in the town centre where flowers, fresh bread, meats, cheese, fruit and vegetables can be bought and savoured.
Bolzano is the home of Otzi - the man in the ice. He is a 5000yr old mummy who was discovered by some ramblers in the mountains as the ice was melting, and is arguably one of the areas most famous people!
Bolzano's surrounding areas are lush mountains (Alps) and the Dolomites which make for beautiful day trips, as well as the famous Lake Garda being only one hour away.