The guided tour starts inWalther Square.The Piazza Walther 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. Inthe same square you will admire the Cathedral of Bolzano, a late Medieval and a Romanesque Basilica (1180). After one century the site has opened to a new imposing construction, completed around 1420. The bell tower, with an open fretwork spire in sandstone, which stands 65m tall, was built by the Suevian architect, Hans Lutz von Schusseried, between 1501 and 1519.
The tour will continue toVicolo della Pesa,one of the oldest places in Bolzano once hosting the castle of the Prince-Bishops of Trento (destroyed in 1277 by Mainardo II di Tyrolo) and the church of SantAndrea (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), a public weigh-house until 1780.
SeeVia and piazza della Mostrawith the prestigious palaces of Campofranco and thePortici (Arcades): once the heart of the Medieval village, they have kept their characteristics to date with their seamless continuity of shops, some typical and traditional, others chic and modern. You will also seePiazza del Municipio (Town Hall Square), via Bottai (Coopers street), via Joseph Streiter,Franciscan Church, via Argentieri and Piazza delle Erbe to continue to theDominican church.The Dominican friars settled in Bolzano in 1272 and had their church built with one nave only inside a large convent comprising different chapels, some of them destroyed, 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.
Once visited the center,we will go to meettzi the Iceman: a mummy from the Copper Age, 5300 years old.
The permanent exhibition at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology is dedicated entirely to tzi, the Iceman. It is housed on three floors of the Museum and displays everything of interest about the worlds most famous glacier mummy. The exhibition covers the circumstances surrounding tzis accidental discovery on 19 September 1991, the international media response, the original finds themselves (the mummy together with his clothing and equipment), daily life in the Copper Age and multidisciplinary research carried out on the find of the century. A highlight of the exhibition is the life-like reconstruction of the Iceman, which vividly portrays how the Iceman may have looked during his lifetime.