Bolzano, Italy’s Four Main Sites

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In one of the north east regions in Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, there is a town that goes by the name of Bolzano and to understand Bolzano, one must know the history of the region a bit and know that over a century ago, Trentino-Alto Adige was part of the Austria-Hungary empire. Bolzano is located at 262 meters of altitude and has a little over one hundred and four habitants which makes it a medium size town and the capital of the region, and when you enter the city limits you will see the name in both Italian (Bolzano) and German (Bozen), in fact most of the people speak German and Italian remaining close to their past, and they have a ranking of being in second place as one of the cities that has a high quality of life in Italy right after their neighbor town of Trento.

They also have different main sites that a tourist will want to go visit, while inhaling the fresh mountain air; the following are four of their sites not too miss.

The Duomo di Bolzano or Boznen Dom is the main cathedral in the city and it is built in Gothic style during the 8th century AD, which is not seen a lot in the rest of the peninsula, but it is still in a medium range that does not make it look so intimidating.

Then there is the Castel Mareccio or Schloss Maretsch, is one of the castles whihc is situated close to the center of the town, which makes it look more of an actual residence like in the fairy tales rather than the original purpose of defending from outside attacks, and even though the Mareccio line has been extinct since 1835 the castle still keeps the name.

Another castle not to pass up, is the Castel Firmiano or Schloss Sigmundskron, which is located more in the suburbs of the city and it represents the symbol of autonomy from the Sudtirol which became official in 1957. Now the castle has turned into the Messner Mountain Museum, and that is a museum divided in five phases recounting the history of the Dolmites, so there are two reasons to go see it. 

And for the monuments that the city offers, do not miss the monument dedicated to Walther von der Vogelweide, by the sculptor Henrich Natter in 1889;Walther von der Vogelweide was a very famous German poet that lived between the twelth and thirteenth century.

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