|Why I loved Bolzano|
Bolzano is an incredibly bike-friendly town (they are seeking to become carbon neutral by the year 2020 - neat)! If your hotel doesn't have a bike for you to borrow, you can go anywhere in town and rent one.
This is a great view of what I remember most about Bolzano, the beautiful landscape! I'm not sure why all the locks were placed on this bridge... guess they belong to the local residents. It reminded me of lovers, locked together.
We didn't realize it was Pentecost weekend (which included a Monday holiday), so the stores were just about to shut down for the long weekend when we arrived Saturday afternoon. Many of the designer shops were expensive, but I bought a reasonably priced blouse just before closing time. We enjoyed walking along the shopping promenade the rest of our time there and looking at the beautiful scenery. Our hotel opened the Sacher candy store which was in their building. Very nice of them! I bought chocolate to bring home for my co-workers and DH.
Luckily, the Sudtirol Archaeology Museum was open on Sunday and we took the opportunity to visit the Iceman. This museum was designed around Otzi, a mummy found by two hikers in 1991 on a high Alpine pass along the Italian-Austrian border. Otzi lived over 5000 years ago; his body was frozen in a glacier with his clothes still intact! There were also tools; he was carrying a copper ax, bow, arrows, and tools for making fire.
I wish we had visited Bolzano at another time during our trip, since we didn't get to see too much of the historic sites, like the castles, because everything closed down. We had our meals on the historic piazza - the hotel was on the piazza too. My mom and I took a short walk on Sunday afternoon, while the others were cycling. Monday, our last city: Venice!
Here's a 360 from the bridge where we found all the bicycle locks. Please excuse the shaky video, and the yellow piece of .... something, in the water.