DEPARTURES

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Every Monday & Friday at 2:30 pm

MEETING POINT

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Piazza Walther, Bolzano

LANGUAGE

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English

Highlights

• Explore the charming narrow streets and past architectural gems of this medieval city
• Welcome to the city of encounters where the capital of South Tyrol meets the Dolomites and vineyards
• Discover medieval squares and arcades

Description

Bolzano (capital of Alto Adige – South Tyrol province, Italy), once city of merchant now city of Art, shows both cultural exchange and leisure.

Our expert guide will lead you through the charming narrow streets, past architectural gems and the landmarks of the historical center of the city.

Please do not hesitate to ask your guide to present the city that he/she knows and loves!

You will discover and experience something completely new!

Our excursion starts in Walther Square. This square was completed in 1808 by order of King Massimiliano di Baviera, and initially named after him. In 1901, it was dedicated to Walther von der Vogelweide (1170-1230), one of the great German poets and storytellers of the Middle Ages.

On the same square we will admire the Cathedral of Bolzano, a late Medieval and a Romanesque Basilica (1180) completed around 1420 with the Gothic style of the Suevian mastery. The bell tower, with an open fretwork spire in sandstone, standing 65m tall, was built by the Suevian architect, Hans Lutz von Schusseried, between 1501 and 1519.

Our next stop is at the Dominican Church, a complex comprising a convent, a large nave and different chapels, and a magnificent cloister. The jewel of the entire complex is cappella di San Giovanni, a long and narrow side chapel with the most magnificent fresco cycle of the Giotto School in the province.

We will continue our walk through Goethe Street and Piazza delle Erbe, a colourful and lively piazza, heart of the city centre and home to the famous daily fruit and vegetable market (except on Saturday afternoon, Sunday and public holidays).

We will walk through Museum Street and after crossing the Talvera Bridge you will find yourselves in front of the imposing structure of the Monumento alla Vittoria (1926 – 1928), Monument to Victory;

Back on Museum Street we will reach the famous Portici (Arcades), once the heart of the medieval village. They have kept this characteristic to date with their seamless continuity of shops, some typical and traditional, others chic and modern.

We will stop by Piazza del Municipio (Town Hall Square) and then walk up to the Piazza del Grano (Grain Square), where you will find Vicolo della Pesa, one of the oldest places in Bolzano, once home of the castle of the Prince-Bishops of Trento (destroyed in 1277 by Mainardo II di Tyrolo) and the church of Sant’Andrea (destroyed in 1785). One of the most picturesque buildings of the city is situated to the north of this square: la casa della Pesa (1634), public weigh-house until 1780.

Important Information

The tour will be confirmed once the minimum number of 4 participants has been reached.

Walking Tour, wear comfortable shoes, preferably with rubber soles.

Not Included:

• Admission tickets (if needed)

Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter churches

Cancellation Policy: cancel up to 24 hours before for a full refund

Meeting Points

Piazza Walther, under the statue at the centre of the square. Bolzano

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