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Monday, October 31, 2011

Rome has the Pope

Bolzano in the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol has everything else.

Soprabolzano (Oberbozen) a 20 minute Funicular ride to the Dolomites... 

and the Geyerhof where we have spent many a holiday cross-country skiing and hiking the trails in the summertime.  We were greeted like old Friends and served a fantastic Lunch (Christoph is still one of the finest chefs in all of Europe and I have told him so many times).

Bolzano (Bozen) also has a sensational everyday market.
I can never decide which grapes are my favorite.  Is it the Muskatel or is it the Regina grape?

 Nothing is missing at the Bolzano market

Not even my favorite Bouquet, the Tussie Mussie.
(I will have to show you how to make these with Lace paper doilies). 

Bolzano also has Ötzi, the Iceman

Books and films about the Iceman

Cover - Ötzi, the Iceman
Angelika Fleckinger

Ötzi, the Iceman

The Full Facts at a Glance
2003 120 pages, photos, 11,5 x 20 cm , € 10,00, ISBN 3-85256-244-9
Old and exhausted, with an arrowhead lodged in his shoulder – this is how the Iceman met his death 5,300 years ago.
Since the discovery of the glacier mummy, a window has been opened on this unexplored, often misunderstood period of history: Ötzi expert Angelika Fleckinger summarises what experts from a variety of disciplines have painstakingly unearthed about Ötzi’s life and death in research lasting many years. Superbly detailed close-ups and impressive general views, including colour pictures of the Iceman’s equipment and clothing, bring to life one of the most sensational archaeological finds to date. Everything you wanted to know about the Iceman, in authoritative, compact and vivid descriptions.


The DiscoveryThursday, September 19, 1991 – 1.30 p.m.Tisenjoch - 3210 m above sea level
Ötztal Alps (South Tyrol, Italy)

On a sunny day two hikers, Erika and Helmut Simon, from Nuremberg in Germany, were walking in the Ötztal Alps. Descending from the Finail peak in the Tisenjoch area, the Simons decided to take a shortcut and left the marked footpath. As they walked past a rocky gully filled with meltwater, they noticed something brown on the gully bed. At first they thought it must be some sort of rubbish, but on closer inspection they realized with horror that they had discovered a human corpse.

People live to a ripe old age in Bolzano, working hard every day.

 Never again will I complain about how hard I have to work in my garden. This elderly Ladies' garden is so steep she had to use a stick to balance herself. Early, every morning, she worked in her garden and gathered vegetables for her family. 

 The wine harvest was in full swing at the Hotel Hanny

Espaliered Apple and Pear trees line the lower valleys. 

Bolzano has everything

Why not  see for yourself.



  1. This region of Italy thrills me. And that market - the fruit, the meat, the flowers - they put my local shopping to shame. I hope to see Bolzano for myself someday. Thanks for your beautiful photographs.

    I'll post about the tablecloth later in the week, Gina. Thanks.


  2. You make me want to travel more Gina ! and i love your pics of the gardens and harvest. Even if it's hard work, isn't it a beautiful life still ?
    Happy Halloween to you ! :-)

  3. My parents used to rave about visiting the Dolomites, and now I see why. That first photo is absolutely stunning — one can almost breathe the fresh air. And wouldn't it be fun to do daily marketing in Bolzano. Your posting is another nudge to get out of my ZIP code, but first I have to go read more about Ötzi!

  4. What gorgeous photos of a beautiful area, Gina, and your opening lines made me laugh! I hadn't realised the iceman was found here, and now I want to read more about him and travel to Bolzano one day - thanks for a lovely post.

  5. Hi Catherine, Bolzano is a very special place. Most people don't even stop in the Alto Adige.
    Looking forward to seeing that fabulous tablecloth of yours. Gina

  6. Dear Lala, The garden scene was the view from our Hotel window. When you go to Bolzano you must stay at the Hanny Hotel. A very small and private hotel on a side hill surrounded by vineyards.

  7. Hello Mark, The Iceman exhibit in Bolzano is one of the finest. The story about the find and the final decision to which country he belonged, makes for a fascinating story. That and the area surrounding Bolzano and the ease with which one can travel in the region (narrow rail cars, funiculars) make this one of the premier spots to visit.

  8. Hi Karen, The Iceman was found only a few meters into Italy and Bolzano was the closest city. The actual preparation for Exhibit was done in Switzerland, I believe. Thanks for noticing my slightly irreverent headlines.

  9. These pictures are simply stunning. I just stumbled upon your page, and it's wonderful to see so many amazing pictures in one place. I'm a huge Italian Renaissance fan myself and am really enjoying reading through your posts. Thanks a lot!


  10. As with Smoke and Rain, I stumbled on your stunning blog and was reading how to paint glass baubles when they vanished!!! However, I was pleased to then discover this post on Bolzano, a place I know and love - thanks.

  11. Hello Matt, So glad you stopped by. I'm so pleased that you like my photos.

  12. Hi Rosemary, The glass ornaments are back. Had to add a few watermarks to the photos.
    Would love to hear more about your travels to Bolzano. Isn't it a great little corner of the world.

  13. Hi. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous and I love this post. the market has me in raptures and the old lady in her garden. Will never moan about gardening again!

    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

  14. Hi Gina, This looks like a wonderful trip and somewhere I would love to visit. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and the story of Bolzano at the Open House Party.

  15. Hi Veronica, I'm so pleased that you came by fr a visit and that you like my photographs. Pictures always tell a story better than words, don't they.

  16. Hi Sherry, It's always a pleasure to be part of your blog posts.

  17. Hi Gina...

    Ohhh my...Bolzano looks like a fabulous place to visit! I spent a few days driving through the Italian Alps in 2005...it was glorious! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous trip and beautiful photos with us for the Sunday Favorites party this week, my friend!

    Warmest wishes,

  18. Dear Chari, And thank you for letting me share. Have a great Thanksgiving.