Half-day Tour: the Historical Center of Bolzano and the Iceman
Bolzano (town province of Alto Adige, South Tyrol), once city of merchants, is today also city of art, show, culture, exchange and vacation. For its location the city is also called 'the Gateway to the Dolomites'. The expert guide will lead you through the charming narrow streets, past architectural gems and the landmarks of the historical center of the city. Please don’t hesitate to ask your guide to introduce you the city he/she knows and loves, you might discover and experience something completely new.
After the historical center we will visit the Museum of Archaeology, entirely dedicated to Ötzi, the Iceman, the world’s most famous glacier mummy.
per adult from
2 hours 30 minutes
What's included :
- Walking tour - tour guide
What's excluded :
- Food and drinks
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Bolzano, Bolzano, Province of South Tyrol, Trentino-Alto Adige
This guided tour starts in Walther Square. The Piazza Walther was completed in 1808 by the order of King Massimiliano di Baviera and was initially named after him. In 1901, it was dedicated to Walther von der Vogelweide (1170-1230), one of the great German poets and storytellers of the Middle Ages. In the same square, you will admire the Cathedral of Bolzano, a late Medieval and a Romanesque Basilica (1180). After a century, the site has opened to a new imposing construction completed around 1420. The bell tower, with an open fretwork spire in sandstone, which stands 65 meters tall, was built by the Suevian architect, Hans Lutz von Schusseried, between 1501 and 1519.
The tour will continue to Vicolo della Pesa, one of the oldest places in Bolzano once hosting the castle of the Prince-Bishops of Trento (destroyed in 1277 by Mainardo II di Tyrolo) and the Church of Sant’Andrea (destroyed in 1785). One of the most picturesque buildings of the city is situated to the north of this square- la Casa della Pesa (1634), a public weigh house until 1780. See Via and Piazza della Mostra with the prestigious palaces of Campofranco and the Portici (Arcades), once the heart of the medieval village, they have kept their characteristics to date with their seamless continuity of shops, some typical and traditional, others chic and modern. You will also see Piazza del Municipio (Town Hall Square), via Bottai (Coopers Street), via Joseph Streiter, Franciscan Church, via Argentieri and Piazza delle Erbe to continue to the Dominican Church. The Dominican friars settled in Bolzano in 1272 and had their church built with one nave only inside a large convent comprising different chapels, some of them destroyed, and a magnificent cloister. The jewel of the entire complex is Cappella di San Giovanni, a long and narrow side chapel with the most magnificent fresco cycle of the Giotto School in the province.
The permanent exhibition at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology is dedicated entirely to Ötzi, the Iceman, a mummy from the Copper Age, 5300-years-old. It is housed on three floors of the museum and displays everything of interest about the world’s most famous glacier mummy. The exhibition covers the circumstances surrounding Ötzi’s accidental discovery on 19 September 1991, the international media response, the original finds themselves (the mummy together with his clothing and equipment), daily life in the Copper Age and multidisciplinary research carried out on the find of the century. A highlight of the exhibition is the life-like reconstruction of the Iceman, which vividly portrays how the Iceman may have looked during his lifetime.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Departure Point :Piazza Walther, 39100 Bolzano BZ, Italy
Departure Time :9:30 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
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- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
- Near public transportation
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.