Sightseeing in the Province of Bolzano-Bozen in Northern Italy

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Sightseeing in the Province of Bolzano-Bozen in northern Italy, Italy

Bolzano, a bi-lingual northern Italian provincial capital city of which Bozen is the official German name.

The Province of Bolzano-Bozen (Italian: Provincia autonoma di Bolzano – Alto Adige or simply Alto Adige, German: Autonome Provinz Bozen – Südtirol or simply Südtirol), also named South Tyrol or Southern Tyrol in English, is an autonomous province in northern Italy. It is one of the two provinces that make up the region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, which is itself an autonomous region. The province has an area of 7,400 square kilometres (2,857 sq mi) and a total population of more than 500,000 inhabitants. Its capital is the city of Bolzano (German: Bozen; Ladin: Balsan or Bulsan).

The majority of the population speak an Austro-Bavarian dialect of the German language. Less than a quarter of the province inhabitants are mainly Italian-speaking, and a significant minority have Ladin as their mother language.

In the wider context of the EU, the province is one of the three members of the Euroregion of Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino, which corresponds almost exactly to the historical region of Tyrol.

In English it is often called Province of Bolzano-Bozen, reflecting the multilinguality of this region. The province is also commonly referred to by its less formal names of South Tyrol (corresponding to the German Südtirol) and Alto Adige.

Sightseeing in Bozen:

The Old Parish Church of Gries: On a small hill, you will find the parish church of Gries. It houses one of the most important carved Gothic altarpieces representing the Coronation of the Virgin. It was made by Michael Pacher between 1471 and 1475.

Lauben-Gasse: Hustle and bustle with a medieval touch. The Arcades are the heart of commercial life in Bolzano, as well as one of the best known shopping centres, thanks to the uninterrupted sequence of elegant, traditional and modern shops with their particularly attractive windows. The small street, where already Goethe enjoyed promenading, is lined by old town houses, some of them dating back as far as the 12th century.

Gothic cathedral: The 62-metre high sandstone tower of this Gothic- Romanesque building is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. With its coloured, 14th -century roof tiles, it is one of the landmarks of the city. The parish has served as the Bishop's church since 1964. Worth seeing is the pompous and richly decorated late-Gothic sandstone pulpit inside the cathedral, as well as the Baroque grace chapel.

Dominican monastery: The former monastery, which was founded in 1272, still preserves important vestiges of 14th century paintings, namely the frescoes in St. John's chapel and the Gothic cloister which are painted in the Giotto style.

Fruit and Vegetable Market: For hundreds of years, the Bolzano Fruit Market has been a meeting point for locals as well as tourists from all over the world. Every day, more than forty market stands offer fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, bread and other local specialties.

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