A day in Bolzano (Bozen), Italy

On the way back from Elba, we stopped in Bolzano, Italy, in the Hotel della Città, a rather quaint place plumb in the middle of the small town with narrow streets. Below there is a garage with direct access to the hotel and dining area.

We wandered around the cobble-stone streets enjoying the delicious South Tyrolian food, such as at “Vögele” and beer from micro-breweries. South Tyrolians are absolutely fluent in German and Italian, and often of course in English for the countless tourists. Many shops offer luscious fruit, cured hams, schnapps and wine, spiced buns “Vinschgerl” etc. The tap water is entirely pure and the hotels offer free bottles to sample it and take some along.

Naturally we went to visit Ötzi, the frozen Alpine glacier mummy that a couple accidentally found in 1991 in Tisenjoch while trekking over the mountains, as the ice had thawed a bit and he was sticking out. He is currently kept in a sort of freezer at perfect temperatures with a large viewing window. On view in different display cases at different temperatures you will encounter his cap, his leggings, his tools, his coat and further apparel.

There was a line at the entrance, but not too long. The museum endeavors to let in only a few persons at a time according to average visiting times. There are many other historic museums and churches and fountains in Bolzano, a really nice place for a visit and a hearty meal.

Author: Gene

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