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2019 Europe Trip Newsletter #7- Bolzano, Italy
By looking at the map above you can see the route we took in our bus through Italy. Our first stop, after crossing the border from Austria into Italy, was the interesting city named Bolzano. Bolzano is the capital city of the province of South Tyrol in northern Italy with a population of 107,436.
The main reason for coming to Bolzano was to see the famous mummy, Ötzi.
“Ötzi the Iceman” was preserved in the ice for 5300 years. Ötzi was found on September 19th,1991 by two German tourists, at an elevation of 10,530 ft in the Ötztal Alps on the Austrian–Italian border. He was shot with an arrow, struck in the head and died sometime between 3350 and 3100 B.C. Ötzi, the glacier mummy, is displayed in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.
The streets of Bolzano were narrow with many shops including an outdoor market. You can stroll along the cobblestone streets and enjoy the many locals and tourists.
Click above to watch this short video about the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano.
While "following my nose", I searched for a way to reach the snow-covered mountains high above the city. I kept walking until, to my surprise, I saw a gondola cross between some buildings. I walked toward where it seemed to be stopping and found the gondola station. I took the 12-minute ride to the top while getting beautiful views of Bolzano and the surrounding mountains.
Here is the view from the gondola as I rode up to the top. In the background you can see the snow-covered Dolomites. The Dolomites are an incredibly beautiful mountain range located in northeastern Italy.
When I arrived at the top, I found a train station and a hotel. The Railway Renon, as it is called, gives you a spectacular view of the Dolomites as you ride in the train car. At every stop you can get off and start a hike on one of numerous trails leading right into the natural green of meadows and forests. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to explore this area by train, but am planning to return there some day.
Here is a view of the Park Hotel in Soprabolzano, which has a spectacular view of the Dolomites and would be an amazing place to stay.
Here is the picture I took, which shows the view from the Park Hotel in Soprabolzano. Since I was limited on time, this was the best image I got with my DSLR.
After eating my lunch in a small cafe at the top of the mountain, I headed back down to Bolzano. I talked to a group of 12 year old students on my way down, who spoke good English. They were on a field trip with their teacher.
When I returned to Bolzano, I walked through the farmer's market.
The Farmer's Market in Bolzano.
As I was exploring the market, I came across Rod Harris with his wife's best friend and her husband, who actually live in Bolzano.
Here is a video showing the town of Soprabolzano and where the Renon Train takes you. This is where many trails lead off into the Dolomites.
When I go back to Austria and Italy I want to bike every day to search for beautiful photography locations and then Photograph them at dawn or dusk.
Next Stop: Verona, Italy!