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Bolzano

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Travel Guide Europe Italy Trentino-Alto Adige Bolzano

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Introduction

Old castle and Vineyards

Old castle and Vineyards

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Bolzano (German: Bozen) is the capital of the Bolzano-Bozen province, one of the two provinces in the northern Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige. The city has just over 100,000 inhabitants.

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Sights and Activities

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Weather

Being located at multiple climate borders, Bolzano features a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and relatively cool winters. Temperatures in summer are mostly between 25 °C and 30 °C, while average winter nights are below zero. Precipitation averages around 700 mm a year, with most of that falling in the summer months.

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Getting There

By Plane

In the region, Bolzano Airport (BZO) offers flights with Air Alps to/from Rome and Olbia. Much more options are available in Verona, or further away from Venice or Milan, which both have several airports with European and intercontinental flights.

By Train

Trains on the route between Italy and German usually also stop in Bolzano.

By Car

Bolzano is connected to the highway A22 Autostrada/Highway to Trento and Verona and to Innsbruck (Austria) and Munich (Germany).

By Bus

Bolzano is very well connected by bus with Central Europe. Bus connections are frequent from/to Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. Gross has up to 22 bus connections every month between Bolzano and Munich (one-way ticket for €20). Connections with Slovakia from/to Bratislava are operated by the Eurolines agency in Bratislava.
SAD operates regional connections.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Bolzano has an excellent public transport system, which includes buses, cableways and commuter rail. Within Bolzano itself, you can get a single trip ticket (including a second trip, if within 45 minutes after the printing) for the bus for €1.50. If you want to use the bus many times and/or with other people, you can buy the "Value Card" ("Wertkarte" or "Carta Valore") for €5, €10 or €25.

By Foot

The city centre is not big and so it can be discovered on foot.

By Bike

Cycles can be rented all year round from Bolzano Tourist Board for €5 a day. There are 8 main routes totalling 30 kilometres in the city itself.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Cappello di Ferro - EisenhutVia Bottai 21 BolzanoHotel71

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Keep Connected

Internet

Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.

Post

Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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