Bolzano and surroundings
A walk among fragrant vineyards, a journey to the discovery of ancient traditions, a holiday in a land gifted with nature’s most beautiful treasures.
The town of Bolzano is located on a plain and is surrounded by many small villages, like Appiano, Caldaro, Nalles, Ora, Renon and Val Sarentino, some of them rising along the famous Wine Road.
Among medieval castles, historical dwellings, alleys and squares hiding an ages long history and tradition, Bolzano stands out for the striking variety of its languages, cultural traditions and culinary influences, so much that you can find on the same table local specialties and dishes original from the north European regions, like Knödel and Goulash.
Bolzano is a lively town hosting a lot of events all year round, but the surroundings offer also a lot of trails for trekking and mountain biking, winding through a territory made of beautiful expanses of water and wonderful plateaus. The town has also three uphill facilities, one of them taking to the Renon plateau, where you can admire the famous Earth Pyramids, explore the beautiful hamlets and go for a ride on the old train (station in Collalbo).
The Wine Road and the Great Dolomite Road represent the most important and best known trekking trails of Bolzano: the first leads from hamlet to hamlet among vineyards and orchards, in a journey to the discovery of the best wines this land has to offer; the second, going from Bolzano to Cortina d’Ampezzo, leads through the main mountain passes.
Nature lovers have at their disposal the many trails of the nature reserve Parco Naturale Monte Corno, where they can admire a great variety of animals and plants, whereas the Val Sarentino valley, besides being a perfect place for long, relaxing walks, hides a treasure of old rural traditions.
This is a nice snowshoeing tour in the surroundings of Bolzano, among the charming larch of the plateau Altopiano del Salto. This winter tour is of intermediate difficulty and offers breathtaking landscapes.
Lake Caldaro is the largest Alpine lake of South Tyrol and fills a basin south of Bolzano, between the Mendola Massif and Monte di Mezzo. Always crowded in summer, it's perfect for sunbathing, swimming and sailing.
Lake Caldaro is suitable for bathing and swimming: thanks to its shallow aters in fact, in spring the temperature is about 17° - 19° C, and in the warmest months it can reach the 28°C. Here you can practice windsurfing, sailing, and enjoy a rowing boat tour.