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The offer in the provincial capital of South Tyrol is able to satisfy every visitor’s needs and ranges from tradition to culture and modern trends.

Boasting a number of some 100,000 inhabitants and located almost in the centre of the region, the provincial chief city is located between 232 and 1,616 m asl. In fact, already millenniums ago the valley basin of Bolzano has been settled, the first settlement in this area was called "Bauzaunum", probably named after the first settler “Bauzus”. In the 12th and 13th century people started building the city, the Mediaeval town that developed remained unchanged up to the 19th century. This was when Bolzano started becoming a tourism stronghold. Above all the quarter of Gries was famous on a worldwide scale as climatic spa.

Today Bolzano comprises five quarters, as well as the little mountain village of Colle di Villa. Particularly worth seeing is the historic town with its arcades. Moreover Bolzano is famous for its varied cultural attractions, such as the Iceman in the provincial Archaeological Museum or the specialized fairs regarding various topics taking place in the Bolzano fair centre. A total of seven museums as well as four castles and mansions can be experienced in the chief city. In the arcades, however, still today you can enjoy authentic the atmosphere of the "little large" city. As first town in Italy, in 2021 Bolzano has been awarded "Climate Municipality Gold", the highest award for municipal climate protection recognised throughout Europe.

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