The small city of Laives is located only few km in the south of Bolzano in the green Adige valley.
At the place where Laives extends today, in pre-Roman times there used to be a Rhaetian settlement. Later on Laives was not more than a little farmers’ village. Only in the 20th century the municipality of Laives started growing, referable also to its vicinity to the city of Bolzano. Today it counts some 17,000 inhabitants. In 1985 Laives was declared an urban community.
Laives is one of the few municipalities in South Tyrol whose number of Italian-speaking inhabitants exceed the German-speaking. In the main village and the component localities of Pineta di Laives, San Giacomo and La Costa, a harmonic symbiosis of the different language groups has developed.
Laives is also ideal for cyclists - mountain bikers can cycle from Montelargo to Nova Ponente and the Dolomites. If you prefer easier tours across the fruit orchards you can cycle along the Adige cycling path to Trentino, Bolzano and Merano.
As far as the cultural highlights are concerned, you absolutely don’t have to miss the Carnival of Laives, the antique car festival and the so-called “Koefelefest“ with the participation of the local music star Rudy Giovannini. In autumn the taverns at the Montelargo and in the mountain village of La Costa invite you to hearty Toerggele evenings.