We toured Bolzano and the surrounding countryside
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Above - Last night our bikes arrived and we were transported by van to Bolzano.
On the warmup ride, Judith saw a castle up on a hill and decided we should ride up there.
When we saw the sign for Castelli Appiano, followed the markers up the hill.
The route went through the vineyards above and led to the Mission below.
Below - Follow the signs to the castle
Below - Two other castles along the way
Of course, the road to the castle certainly had some 20%+ sections
Below - Burgschenke Hocheppan (German) or Castel Appiano (Italian)
Below, left - the road down from the castle actually went through this house
Above, right - Art pieces along the bike path back to Bolzano
Below - Buildings on the Piazza Walther
Bolzano is a small city simply laid out around one immense public square,
the Piazza Walther, or Waltherplatz, lined with cafes, shops, hotels, and an imposing
sandstone Gothic cathedral topped by a multicolored tile roof, Il Duomo di Bolzano (below)
To the west of the Piazza Walther is the Gothic Dominican church
(13th century) with fine late 14th century frescoes (Below).
Bolzano is the capital city of South Tyrol, the most German region in the northern part of Italy.
Bolzano is the largest city of its region and its archaeological museum
is worldwide famous, because it is the home of the Iceman Otzi.