• Half-day Excursion: Bolzano and Roncolo Castle

    “the Gateway to the Dolomites”

    Bolzano (chief town of province Alto Adige – South Tyrol, Italy), once city of merchants, is today also a city of art, show, culture, exchange and vacation. 
    Our expert guide will lead you through the charming narrow streets, past architectural gems and the landmarks of the historical center of the city as well as the Roncolo (Runkelstein) Castle, that encloses the largest cycle of secular frescoes dating back to the Middle Ages.
    Please don’t hesitate to ask your guide to introduce you the city he knows and loves! You might discover and experience something completely new!

  • Itinerary:

    • Our excursion starts in Walther Square. This square was completed in 1808 by order of King Massimiliano di Baviera, and initially named after him. In 1901, it was dedicated to Walther von der Vogelweide (1170-1230), one of the great German poets and storytellers of the Middle Ages.
    • On the same square we will admire the Cathedral of Bolzano, a late Medieval and a Romanesque Basilica (1180) completed around 1420 with the Gothic style of the Suevian mastery. The bell tower, with an open fretwork spire in sandstone, which stands 65m tall, was built by the Suevian architect, Hans Lutz von Schusseried, between 1501 and 1519.
    • We walk up to the Piazza del Grano, where is located the Vicolo della Pesa, one of the oldest places in Bolzano, once hosting the castle of the Prince-Bishops of Trento (destroyed in 1277 by Mainardo II di Tyrolo) and the church of Sant’Andrea (destroyed in 1785). One of the most picturesque buildings of the city is situated to the north of this square: la casa della Pesa (1634), public weigh-house until 1780.
    • We continue our walk through Via and piazza della Mostra, with the prestigious palaces of Campofranco, Menz and Pock and the town jail. 
    • We walk under the famous Portici (Arcades), once the heart of the medieval village. They have kept this characteristic to date with their seamless continuity of shops, some typical and traditional, others chic and modern. 
    • We stop by Piazza del Municipio (Town Hall Square), represents the beginning of the Arcades and is often centre for exhibitions.
    • We walk up through Via Bottai, one of the most characteristic streets of the centre with its beautiful ironwork signs, inns and the historical hotel Luna Mondschein. The Natural Science Museum (see museum route) is situated at the end of the street in what used to be the administrative office of Massimiliano I, Emperor and Count of Tyrol (built in 1512). The old inns “Cavallino Bianco” and “Ca’ de Bezzi”, a favourite destination for many artists, are right next to the Museum.
    • We turn to  Via Joseph Streiter, named after the poet, jurist and mayor of Bolzano in the second half of the XIX century. It is very attractive, especially in the summer: an open-air bar, shops, restaurants and decorations next to the fish stalls create a unique atmosphere. 
    • We stop by the Franciscan Church and Convent. The cloister is a perfect Gothic example replacing the Romanesque style one of the first construction. There are many frescoes of different ages with examples of the Giotto school of 1600 and 1700. The church has a magnificent wooden altar by Hans Klocker of Bressanone dedicated to the Nativity (painted wood – 1500).
    • We continue our walk through the Piazza delle Erbe, a colourful and lively piazza, the heart of the city centre, that hosts the famous daily fruit and vegetable market (except on Saturday afternoon, Sunday and public holidays). And we cross Via Argentieri: Parallel to the Arcades, used to be the south moat. From here you can clearly see the entry to the Mercantile Museum of the palace with the same name, then Casa Troilo, with its fresco and angular turret and a narrow link to the Arcades.
    • Our last stop isn the city is Dominican Church, a complex comprising a convent, a large nave and different chapels, and a magnificent cloister. The jewel of the entire complex is cappella di San Giovanni, a long and narrow side chapel with the most magnificent fresco cycle of the Giotto School in the province.
    • We walks around 30 min until we arrive in Roncolo Castle , a mediaeval castle located in the surroundings of Bolzano, is particularly famous due to its mundane fresco cycle dating back to the Middle Ages. This fresco cycle illustrates authentic knight sagas, literature scenes, court ladies and life on the farm as well as haunting scenes.

     

  • Time/meeting point: 2:00 pm in Bolzano, Piazza Walther, under the statue at the center of the square. Alternatively and on request at the hotel of the Clients;
    Excursion duration: about 3,5 hours
    Time/place of the return: approximately 5:30 pm in Bolzano, Piazza Walther;
    Nº of participants: minimum 2 max 6 people
    Price: € 79,00 per person (children under 14 years 50% discount)
    Reservation deadline: bookable up to 24 hours before departure. Further information and booking at the email info@italydolomites.com
    No prepayment: cash payment at the end of the excursion.

  • Price includes:

    • Tour Leader with license and English/German/Italian speaking;
    • Pick up at your Hotel, transfers and drop off (if requested);
    • Entrance ticket to Castel Roncolo
  • Price does NOT include:

    • Lunch break;
    • Any other expenses not specified in "The price of the tour includes".

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