Bolzano is a small town (less than 100 thousand inhabitants), located on the southern slopes of the Alps. Bolzano is Italy, but above all, it is Tyrol.
South Tyrol passed from Austria to Italy following the results of the First World War. And then, and now, this is an area with a predominantly German-speaking population, which is why, over the past century, many problems have arisen. Now Bolzano (in German Bozen), is the capital of the autonomous province of South Tyrol. According to the law, during the term of office of the current parliament of the region, representatives of the Italian and German community should alternately hold the presidency. Everything is duplicated in two languages.
Nevertheless, separatist sentiments still exist. True, tourists are not concerned.
The city of Bolzano is located in a valley formed by the confluence of the Talvera (Talferbach), Isarco and Adige rivers. The rivers are not too affluent, however, when snow melts in the Alps, they certainly look different.
Around the mountains, in some places very high.
Bolzano City Museum
Stadtmuseum - Museo Civico
The historic center of Bolzano is small, but the whole city too - from end to end you can go in an hour. Therefore, although there is urban transport (buses), it makes no sense to use them.
To explore Bolzano to the last pebble, a couple of days are enough. However, the sights of the historic center are not exhausted, there are many interesting things around the city (in the mountains). There is no transport will not help, you can only get on foot, if you have the desire and health.
How to get to Bolzano
The easiest way to get to Bolzano is by train. A railway line connecting Austria and Italy (Innsbruck-Verona). Accordingly, trains run from Vienna and Munich from the north and from Verona from the south. Tickets are not cheap, it is advisable to monitor prices in advance and buy through the Internet - in this case there may be significant discounts.
Bolzano railway station is located on the outskirts of the historic center, almost no hotel is within walking distance of any hotel.
Bus routes connect Bolzano with neighboring (and not quite) localities, here you need to look at the timetable in a particular city.
There is an airport in Bolzano, but, at the time of writing, there were no scheduled flights. Perhaps the situation will change, but it is unlikely - the prospects for a stable passenger traffic are doubtful.
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