Not your typical Italian town

October 28, 2009 / Places
Bolzano/Bozen, Alto Adige/Südtirol
bolzano1Capital of the Alto Adige/Südtirol province and co-capital of the Alps, Bolzano/Bozen offers a subtle blend of Italian style and Tyrolean tradition.

You immediately get a feel for that in Piazza Walther. Looking around you’ll notice Austrian-style turrets, and building names in both Italian and German. Grab a spot at the salmon-colored Stadt Hotel/Hotel Città just behind the statue of Walther von der Vogelweide, the 13th century Tyrolean troubadour. From here, you get a great view of the square, and your drink comes with the best plate of free munchies on the piazza.

bolzano2BTW, the most popular aperitivo here is made with Aperol (an Italian bitter liqueur). The Austrians introduced the drink in Venice, where it’s made with prosecco (a sparkling wine) and called a spritz. Here, they make it with regular white wine … and call it a Veneziano.

It’s Italy, but with a twist. Welcome to Bolzano/Bozen!

– Contributed by Lee McIntyre, Freelance writer and photographer. Author of the book A Year of One a Days.

Lee McIntyre

by Lee McIntyre

Freelance writer and photographer. Author of the book A Year of One a Days, and of the blog Betwixt & Between in BZ.

7 Responses to “Not your typical Italian town”

  1. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    Enjoyed the note, Lee. Makes me want to visit and try the aperitivo. Walther von der Vogelweide has to be the best alliterative name in music!

  2. Bolzano is a great town to visit. We ski in the region every year and have toured Bolzano a few times. You have got to go see the ice man there!

  3. This is a very beautiful town. We were surprised at how “German” some of the towns in northern Italy are, both in architectural style, language and food. In one small town we visited, it seemed so like Germany that we had to ask if they spoke English!

  4. Sylvia Flores

    Beautiful! We’ve driven through there and enjoyed the beauty! There’s so much to see and enjoy! Thanks for highlighting Bolzano! Sylvia

  5. Holidays in Italy can be very expensive but tourists on a budget can still have a great time if they look around for the cheaper accommodation and eating places.


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