Fringed by the mighty Dolomites, handsome Bolzano is frequently celebrated as one of Italy’s happiest and most inclusive cities. For all its urban pleasures, the city remains in touch with its dramatic natural setting. The biggest city in the South Tyrol, Bolzano’s thriving economy centers on agriculture (notably wine, fruit, and dairy products), traditional handicrafts, rising tourism, and a burgeoning public sector.
An independent province, Bolzano is a model for ethnic tolerance; a unique statute preserves the rights of Italy’s German-speaking population. Bolzano’s history can be traced back to Roman times, a rich legacy which finds expression in the city’s classic architecture. The twisted spires of Gothic and Romanesque churches rise from Bolzano’s picture perfect medieval old town, framed by the snow covered Alps. Tourist attention focuses on the Victory Monument—yet another of Mussolini’s monumental odes to conquest—and the medieval arcades of the Via dei Portici which have been transformed into a bustling shopping district. Another crowd pleaser is Ötzi the Iceman (Europe’s oldest mummy thought to have lived around 3300 B.C.) who takes pride of place in the South Tyrol Museum.
While Bolzano boasts enough first-rate museums and landmarks to engage the most exacting traveler, the city’s allure resides in its laid back, cosmopolitan vibe. During the long summer months, as the lilting cadences of Italian, German, and French dialects drift through cafés and along cobblestone streets, the city feels at a cultural crossroads, a place of infinite possibilities.
Airports within a 45-mile radius of Bolzano:
- Bolzano Airport (BZO)
- Mattarello Airport (ZIA)
- Asiago Airport (LIDA)
Popular aircraft charters* in the Bolzano region include:
- Citation Excel (super light)
- Learjet 45 XR (super light)
- Citation CJ3 (light)
- Learjet 31ER 400A (light)
- Learjet 60 XR (midsize)
- Citation III (midsize)
- Gulfstream G200 (super midsize)
- Citation Sovereign (super midsize)
*This is just a sample. Zephyr provides access to aircraft at every end of the spectrum, from luxurious VIP airliners, to ultra long range business jet, helicopters, and economical turboprops.