Bolzano (town province of Alto Adige, South Tyrol), once city of merchants, is today also city of art, show, culture, exchange and vacation. For its location the city is also called 'the Gateway to the Dolomites'. TheÂ expert guide will lead you through the charming narrow streets, past architectural gems and the landmarks of the historical center of the city. Please donât hesitate to ask your guide to introduce you the city he/she knows and loves, you might discover and experience something completely new.Â
Roncolo (Runkelstein) Castle encloses the largest cycle of secular frescoes dating back to the Middle Ages. Its representation of Medieval society and its strategic location made it one of the foremost attractions of the region.
The guided tour starts inÂ Walther Square.Â 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. InÂ the 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 toÂ Vicolo della Pesa,Â 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 SantâAndrea (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.
SeeÂ Via and piazza della MostraÂ with the prestigious palaces of Campofranco and theÂ Portici (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 seeÂ Piazza del Municipio (Town Hall Square), via Bottai (Coopers street), via Joseph Streiter,Â Franciscan Church, Â via Argentieri and Piazza delle Erbe to continue to theÂ Dominican church.Â 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, the tour continues to Roncolo Castle.Â Roncolo, a Medieval castle located in the surroundings of Bolzano, is particularly famous due to its mundane fresco cycle dating back to the Middle Ages. This fresco cycle illustrates authentic knight sagas, literature scenes, court ladies and life on the farm as well as haunting scenes.Â The original complex has been built by the Lords of Wangen in 1237.Â
Today the castle can be reached by a walk of half an hour and is one of the main attractions of the city of Bolzano. Particularly those who are interested in arts and history are attracted by the castle complex.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
A moderate amount of walking is involved