Bolzano (Bozen) is often dubbed ‘Gateway to the Dolomites’. Occupying a broad valley basin at an altitude of 265 metres (870 ft) with three beautiful Alpine high plateaux of rolling hills encircling the town horseshoe-like to the north from east to west, if you are coming from the south it is difficult to avoid Bolzano if your destination is the breathtakingly awesome world-famous rock faces known as the Dolomites. In spring the contrast between lush Mediterranean vegetation beside the town’s panoramic sun-drenched promenades and the snow-mantled Dolomites where the skiing season is still in full swing, is especially striking.
Bolzano is located in a broad valley basin and the cool hights are nowhere far away. In just a few minutes any of the three cable cars take you up to the mountain woodlands and meadows on the Colle, San Genesio and Renon mountains. Above 1000 metres altitude you can enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding Dolomites, enjoy walks across lush pastureland and fill your lungs with crisp mountain air.