54 – (ITA STAGE 6) – Bolzano – Termeno / Bozen – Tramin



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The Stage

Bolzano fascinates the visitor with its double identity: through two real souls which share the city in a constant cultural and linguistic exchange. For centuries the chief town of this region has been a privileged centre for exchange between the Italian and the Germanic regions. A tangible evidence of such past may be seen in the churches, the palaces, the streets and the squares of Bolzano which deserve the attention of the traveler.

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Things to see: The imposing Cathedral, the Dominicans Church, the Franciscans Church, the Civic Museum , which contains the famous Similaun mummy, or (Ötzi) the Ice Man. The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art,  Via dei PorticiCastel Roncolo. Fascinating lanes through shady woodlands will take us to the discovery of delightful ponds with crystalline pure waters. Hills clothed with vineyards, and extensive orchards, in a landscape that never ceases to amaze.

From Piazza Walter, skirting the Duomo, we may take Via della Posta, continuing for 400 m, next to the Dominicans Church, we cross Largo Kolping, to reach the crossroad with Via Dante. Followitng the sign “Museion”, we turn left and sharp to the right, taking a cycling and pedestrians lane passing by the Museum of Contemporary Art and crossing the river Talvera; we walk for 4 km up to find the cycling lane of Val Venosta (46), with a signpost to Appiano. This will take us along the bank of the Adige; we shall follow the river for 1,2 km on tarmac until we cross the river on a metal footbridge which will take us under the cliff of Castel Firmiano. About 100 m ahead, next to a fountain, we shall take a lane climbing up into the woods for 400 m to the gates of the fortress. After visiting the castle and its exhibits, we shall carry on along footpath 1, which runs through apple orchards and beautiful woodlands, on a perfectly groomed lane, easy to walk on, we shall first arrive at Colterenzio, then to the Lago Piccolo of Monticolo, then to the Lago Grande. Leaving the lake behind, and the welcomed refreshments kiosk, we turn left and cross a swamp on a footbridge and follow footpath 20 or a distance of 1,5 km walking along between the woods and fields planted with apple trees. Half way along this lave we may turn left on footpath 19. We shall now cross the Valle della Primavera, a nature reserve of great beauty and scientific value. Finally after a further 1,5 km along the woods and the orchards we shall arrive on the Lake Caldaro, a little below the end of path 19. We descend towards the lake walking through prosperous orchards and arrive at San Giuseppe on the Lake a well know bathing resort. We walk beyond the beach and walk along the main road till the crossroad where we shall turn left. We shall follow the road through luscious vineyards, then turning right we enter a wood and with ups and downs we get to the top of the hill where we see the village or Tramin before us, with the church of San Giacomo in a commanding position.

Castle Roncolo/Schloss Runkelstein: The castle, not far from Bolzano is perched on top of a rock pinnacle (from which it takes its name): it was known, in fact, as Runchenstein, and overlooks the Torrent Talvera at the entrance of the Sarentino Valley, and has retained much of its 13th century character, notwithstanding its reconstruction in the century that followed. The original building was commissioned by the brothers Friedrich and Beral von Wangen (Vanga) and dates to 1237. In the 14th C.the castle was rebuilt and in 1385 was bought by the brothers Franza and Niklaus Vintler, who commissioned the wall paintings executed by unknown artists in 1388. The chapel was built in 1390. Afterwards (1463-1465) the castle was for two years the seat of the Bishop-Prince of Trento. In 1500 the Tyrol family assigned the castle to Georg von Frundsberg, the “father of the Landsknecht” (mercenary troops). In 1520 the powder keg exploded, damaging the tower, the walls and part of the palace. Frundsberg lost his life in the event. The restoration was completed in 1531. In 1583 Castel Roncolo passed into the hands of the von-Liechtenstein, and the Liechtenstein-Castelcorno took residence there. Their crest still stands on the gateway. In 1672 a fire destroyed the east wing, which was never rebuilt. In 1759 the last of the Liechtenstein-Castelcorno renounced to the seat, which returned to the Bishop-Prince of Trento. The architecture of Bolzano displays a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles, and manifests the high living standards of the inhabitants.

Castle of Firmiano/Schloss Sigmundskron: The castle stands on a hill overlooking the confluence of the rivers Adige and Isarco south-west of Bolzano. The strategic location of the fortress explains its long past. The site was already occupied in the Bronze Age, it was later a Lombard fortress. The first evidence of its name “formicaria” is known from 945. In 1027 it was the administrative seat of the prince-bishops of Trento. Among the oldest castles in South Tyrol, this is one of the earliest examples of local defensive architecture. In 1473 the Prince of Tyrol bought from the prince-bishop the entire fortress and expanded the building. From the sixteenth century the fortress no longer served for military purposes and it declined. At the end of the eighteenth century, the property passed to the Counts von Wolkenstein and until 1994 it belonged to the Counts of Toggenburg. The castle is an important political symbol for the SouthTyrol. In 1957 Silvius Magnago held the largest public demonstration of protest in the history of South Tyrol. Over 30,000 gathered in the South Tyrolean manor to declare their opposition to a non-compliance with the Treaty of Paris and to complain at the cry of “Los von Trient,” the right to autonomy. Recently, the ruins were purchased by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano in the White Tower, we read the whole story of Firmiano.

For the description of the route see the Guide of Simone Frignani
From airport (BOLOGNA, VENEZIA, MILANO-ORIO, VERONA) to Verona FS Railway Station TRAIN – (www.trenitalia.com) Verona FS Railway Station – Bolzano FS Railway Station
Despar Via Bottai,29 – 39100 BOLZANO
Conad Via Marconi,21 – 39100 BOLZANO
Eurospin Via Renon, 10 – 39100 BOLZANO
Despar Via Crispi, 21 – 39100 BOLZANO
Despar  Via C.Battisti,1 – 39100 BOLZANO
Despar  Via Cavour,25 – 39100 BOLZANO
Despar  Via della Rena – 39100 BOLZANO
Despar  Viale Druso,90 – 39100 BOLZANO
Pensione Ebnerhof via Colterenzio 37, 39057 COLTERENZIO BZ 0471-662717 info@ebnerhof.com www.suedtirol.info/it/alloggi/pensione-ebnerhof_a_9759
Hotel Seeperle San Giuseppe al Lago 28, 39051 LAGO DI CALDARO BZ 0471-960158 info@seeperle.com www.seeperle.it
Hotel Schneckenthalerhof via Schneckenthaler 25, 39040 TERMENO BZ 0471-860104 info@schneckenthalerhof.com www.schneckenthalerhof.com
Associazione Turistica Termeno via Mindelheim 10A – 39040 TERMENO 0471-860131 info@tramin.com www.tramin.com
Consorzio Turistico Bolzano Vigneti e Dolomiti via Pillhof,1 -39057 FRAGARTO BZ 0471-633488 info@bolzanoedintorni.info
CAI Alto Adige Viale Europa 53/F 39100 BOLZANO 0471 402 144 segreteria@caialtoadige.it www.caialtoadige.it
Portale Turismo Alto Adige 0471 402 144 info@suedtirol.info www.suedtirol.info
Associazione Turistica Lago Caldaro Piazza Principale 8 -39052 CALDARO BZ 0471-963169 info@kaltern.com / info@caldaro.info www.kaltern.com

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(*) Prices might change for special situations: please book early and ask for confirmation
In some places it is difficult to find accommodation only for one night: we suggest you to take accommodation for more nights, using, for your movements, the comfortable and cheap local trains, route Brenner-Trento-Bassano del Grappa.