The City

The city of Bolzano is located at about 250 m asl and has got some 108,000 inhabitants, of which 26% are German-speaking, 73% Italian-speaking and about 1% is Ladin-speaking.
Bolzano is the capital of
South Tyrol, which officially bears the name "Autonomous Province of Bolzano".


The five quarters of Bolzano reflect the diversity of the small, multifaceted "city of the world", which is of manageable dimensions, characterised by its Mediterranean ambience.

As "city of a thousand dialects", Bolzano provides an interesting insight into the way of expression of the inhabitants of the province.

Bolzano, also called Bozen by the German-speaking population, is called Bulsan in Ladin language.


In the period of fascism, after WWI, many Italians from the south became established in Bolzano, while German-speaking people emigrated to the neighbouring states of Austria or Germany. Due to this Italianisation, Bolzano is today mainly inhabited by Italian-speaking citizens.


The rich and animated past of the city is also reflected in architecture: the Mediaeval centre, the Jugendstil of the ending imperial-royal monarchy and neo-classicism of the Mussolini’s dictatorial regime alternate with modern façades.

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Bolzano is a clear reflection of the meeting and exchange of different cultures. In art, for example, Giotto's paintings and works of the Gothic school coexist, while in architecture, the unique contrast between the old town and the new town, separated by the Talvera river, is quite obvious.

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