Bolzano is a city and the capital of the province of South Tyrol, northern Italy. Bolzano was one of the locations, in the region Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol, where the seventh edition of the World renowned Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art was held. The city is also the home of the Italian Army Alpini High Command (COMALP) and some of its combat and support units.
The city's with its medieval city center, Gothic and Romanesque churches and bilingual signage give it a unique flavour of a city at the crossroads between Italian and Austrian cultures. This, and its natural and cultural attractions make it a renowned tourist destination.
Among the major monuments and sights are:
- Walther Square, with a statue of Walther von der Vogelweide, a German minstrel (minnesinger)
- the Lauben, a mile long street in the city center with medieval arcades along its entire course, now housing countless high street shops
- the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, which hosts the mummy of Ötzi the Iceman
- the Gothic Cathedral, started in 1184, expanded in the 14th century by architects Martin and Peter Schiche (completed in 1382)
- the Old Parish church of Gries, with the Altarpiece of Michael Pacher
- the monastery of Muri-Gries, with baroque paintings of Martin Knoller
- various castles, including Castle Maretsch, Runkelstein Castle and Firmian/Sigmundskron Castle
- Victory Monument, a Victory gate built on orders from Benito Mussolini in 1928
- Messner Mountain Museum of Reinhold Messner