Delicious flavors and cosmopolitan culture
Bolzano is the regional capital of South Tyrol: an ancient yet modern town, as you will find out staying in luxury wellness hotels with exclusive services. Bolzano has many names describing its multicultural spirit. The “Door to the Dolomites” lies near famous ski areas like Reinswald, Corno del Renon (included in the ski domain Ortler Skiarena), and Oclini Pass, which in summer are perfect for practicing trekking, climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding with the wonderful Haflinger horses. In spite of its location, Bolzano has a mild Mediterranean climate. The “town where cultures meet” is the crossroads of Middle European and Mediterranean cultures, a condition mirrored in the variety of traditions, arts and cuisines.
If you decide to spend some time in Bolzano and its surroundings, you could start by discovering the city, with the modern and old town separated by the Talvera stream, and go shopping for trendy clothes, traditional costumes, handicrafts and artistic objects.
Back to your hotel you can try one of the beauty treatments performed with local and natural ingredients, like hay or the pine of Val Sarentino, and if you are looking for something special, with an half hour drive you reach the famous spa resort of Merano.
Bolzano and itssurroundings are a good choice for a gourmet holiday, as you will find out by yourself in the many gourmet restaurants and wine bars. Among the best wines of the area we should mention Lagrein and Santa Maddalena, whereas one of the typical local products is the Graukäse cheese.
The area surrounding Bolzano is truly beautiful: the castles of Laives and Appiano and the lakes of Caldaro and Göller will leave you speechless. Not far lie the natural wonders of the charming Rosengarten-Latemar, with the beautiful tourist center Nova Levante-Carezza, one of the so-called Alpine Pearls, resorts promoting sustainable tourism. The area is rich in legends, artistic treasures from the Middle Ages and charming places, such as the Carezza Lake, called the rainbow lake for its beautiful colors, and the imposing Catinaccio massif, a paradise for climbers, trekkers and mountain bikers. This is an ideal destination also in winter, thanks to the exclusive Carezza ski area, with miles of slopes to practice downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledding and winter trekking.
Not far from Bolzano there are some golf courses: Carezza (9 holes), Castelrotto (18 holes), Lana (9 holes) and Monte San Pietro (18 holes), all surrounded by the wonderful Dolomites.
If you like stage shows, Bolzano has a rich theater season, which is quite unusual for a middle-sized town: you can watch opera and ballet shows and performances in Italian, German or local dialect.