Bolzano is worth visiting for many reasons

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all streets have 2 names, German and Italian

Bolzano is a beautiful and interesting town.  We’d decided to end our month-long vacation here because we wanted to see the Dolomites.  This area of the Alps is known for skiing in the winter and rock-climbing, base jumping and hang gliding in the summer.  We were just planning on a little simple hiking after all the riding around in a bus in Croatia.  The fog made that impossible or at least pointless.  No sense in hiking for the views when you can’t see 20 feet.  The fog just seemed to come out of the mountains like they were exhaling summer.   A beautiful thought but frustrating to experience. 

 

Luckily there’s more to Bolzano than mountain walking.  We had also planned to see Otzi, the Iceman, who was in a museum there.  Otzi was born about 3,300 BC (fifty three centuries ago or as long before Homer as we are after Homer).  He died in the Alps and was naturally mummified by the ice before he was discovered by hikers in 1991.

cafes everywhere
  Amazingly this Copper Age man and his clothes and his weapons were well preserved so we have knowledge of all sorts of things previously unsuspected.  For instance, Otzi has tattoos, probably to cure pain in arthritic joint.  He truly is unique and even has his own museum which does a very good job of explaining what has been learned about life fifty three centuries ago.

 

I read somewhere that Bolzano has the highest per capita income in Italy and I can believe it.  The shopping alone is enough to draw tourists (and I didn’t even get to the part of town that was supposed to have the best shops).  The Portici is a long narrow road connecting the Piazza delle Erbe and the Piazza Municipio and it has been lined with shops for centuries.  Since the 15th century, the German merchants have built their homes with ground floor shops on one side of the street and Italian merchants have built on the other.  These grand homes with the ground floor shopping arcades are still there, the shopping is still there, and the Italian sense of style is very much in evidence. 

 

As if the above wasn’t enough, Bolzano also has some old and interesting churches.  We visited the 14th century Gothic Cathedral and the Dominican Church.  We also bought more t shirts for the grandchildren and had a few meals in Bolzano.  The cooking wasn’t up to the standards in other parts of Italy but other than that, we really like the town.

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all streets have 2 names, German a…
all streets have 2 names, German …
cafes everywhere
cafes everywhere
statue of wedding party?
statue of wedding party?
this would be the minister
this would be the minister
Bolzano Cathedral
Bolzano Cathedral
the interior of St Mary
the interior of St Mary
carved wooden altars
carved wooden altars
faded murals on the walls of the D…
faded murals on the walls of the …
door handles
door handles
bicycle locks festoon the bridge -…
bicycle locks festoon the bridge …
park walkway along the river
park walkway along the river
it seems to be effective
it seems to be effective
walking back into town from San Ge…
walking back into town from San G…
San Genesio is on the top of that …
San Genesio is on the top of that…
vineyards
vineyards
skate park
skate park
this kid was good
this kid was good
everybody has elections
everybody has elections
still walking back into town
still walking back into town
statue of a bull and lizard in the…
statue of a bull and lizard in th…
paprika again
paprika again
main street
main street
back street
back street
main street Piazza delle Erbe
main street Piazza delle Erbe
Bolzano
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