Elegant, neat and welcoming: among the Italian provinces, Bolzano ranks as number one city to live in for the quality of life according to the latest Sole 24 ore survey. Thus, it is worth discovering extensively Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol. Small, elegant but lively. Here, the Central European and the Mediterranean cultures coexist harmoniously in the architecture, flavors, and atmosphere.
In Piazza Walther, the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta stands out from the other monuments for the outside covered with red and yellow marble and for its rich interior part.
Here, it is possible to admire some frescoes of the school of Giotto and the Portale del Vino, where the nectar of the gods was sold in the past. The Archaeological Museum is a must-see on your trip to Bolzano, at least to see Ötzi, the famous mummy found in the glaciers in 1991 with many tools and personal items dating back to more than 5000 years ago.
To go shopping, the relevant square is Piazza Delle Erbe with its old fruit and vegetable market.
From here, you can walk along the streets that house the best shops of the city! Piazza Delle Erbe is the starting point of the famous Portico, a very old pedestrian street that is the natural shopping center of the city. In addition to the boutiques, bars, and restaurants, have a look at the colors and the frescos of the buildings that create a beautiful play of light.
Speck, apples, strudel and canederli are only some of the specialties of South Tyrol, which offers a nice mix of recipes and cultures. We are halfway between Austria and Italy, and here the German culinary influence is actually strong.
Created for recycling dry bread, canederli (bread dumplings) are the typical first course of these places. Every year, a festival dedicated to this dish takes place In Vipiteno (in the province of Bolzano).
Even if not as famous as the apple strudel, it has certainly convinced many palates over time! Do not miss the festival dedicated to the South Tyrolean Knodel and mark down the date in your agenda (www.sagradeicanederli-vipiteno.com)! Among the second courses, the tasty venison goulash and many other recipes based on freshwater fish. The classic dessert is the strudel; the local wines boast over the 90% of DOC labels throughout the country!