Bolzano in the South Tyrol, Italy
As we arrived in Bolzano from Verona, we knew we had a short stay ahead, but we were determined to make the most of it. Parking at Parcheggio Piazza Walther, just a stone's throw away from our hotel, made our arrival smooth and convenient. Eager to explore, we wasted no time and set off to visit Bolzano Cathedral, a magnificent architectural gem that dates back to the 11th century. The mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles left us in awe, and we admired the intricate details both inside and out.
After our visit to the cathedral, we took a leisurely stroll through the enchanting streets of Bolzano, soaking in the charming atmosphere of the town. Our sweet cravings led us to Menodiciotto, a delightful gelateria where we indulged in some mouthwatering ice creams, savoring the rich flavors of the region.
Continuing our exploration, we arrived at Piazza della Vittoria, where the impressive "Victory Monument" stood tall. This symbolic arch commemorates the soldiers of South Tyrol who lost their lives during World War I. The monument's grandeur and historical significance left a lasting impression on all of us.
The next morning, after a delightful breakfast at our hotel, we set out to the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, where we were eager to see Ötzi the Iceman. The museum's exhibits provided a fascinating insight into the life and times of this ancient mummy, preserved for over 5,000 years in the icy mountains.
Before bidding farewell to Bolzano, we couldn't resist one final promenade through the picturesque streets, enjoying the vibrant atmosphere and taking in the local charm. We also visited the street market, where we indulged in fresh fruits, a delightful way to round off our brief but memorable stay. With hearts full of beautiful memories, we continued our journey north, crossing into Austria, as our European adventure pressed on, filled with anticipation for the wonders that lay ahead.