Don Bosco

Don Bosco is the city district with the largest number of inhabitants.

The city district of Don Bosco is 2 to 5 km away from the centre of Bolzano, at an altitude of 240 m asl. This district is delimited by the Isarco river in the south east, while in the west the Adige river flows. About 100 years ago this area was covered by fruit orchards, today, however, Don Bosco boasts the largest number of inhabitants of all the city districts.

In 1160 the meadows of the Isarco the Lords of Morit-Greifenstein had the Augustinian monastery Maria Au built, in 1166 the Emperor Federico I started operating this convent. In the 13th century the Augustinian convent was repeatedly flooded by the Isarco river, therefore the Augustin canons moved to the former castle of the Lords Morit-Greifenstein in Gries. The ancient monastery was re-discovered in 1986 in the course of construction works. The ruins of this facility can be visited today.

Also worth a visit is the monument of the former detention and transit camp, which was located in the west of Via Rencio. Since 2005, also in Via Rencio, there is a monument of the South Tyrolean artist Christine Tschager, reminding of the terrible happenings of these days.