Tues, Sept 24
12.09.2019 - 05.10.2019
A big reason we went to Bolzano was to see Otzi the Ice Man. So in the morning we headed out after breakfast and hubs got some coffee at McD's, then we went into the Central Church which has an amazing roof (very colourful) and was quite nice inside. We then wandered thru the street market we had seen the evening before - lots of fresh food there. Then we just meandered a bit until we found our way to the museum that houses Otzi.
It was quite comprehensive, but I guess the best part was you could peer thru a window into a special chamber to see the actual Ice Man. I felt a little hurried as there were people behind me, but I did a second loop when my husband finally caught up and we both had another look. They had all the things found with him, and theories about his life and death and what he looked like. It was a nice way to spend an hour or two. There was another part of the museum with a different exhibition, but I was getting a little tired. We decided to grab some lunch and go back to the room - so we stopped at a restaurant just a minute down the road and ordered a pizza. It took awhile and I went back to the room while hubs waited for the order.
After eating and resting, we walked over to the Renon cable car that takes you up to Soprabolzano. The views were breathtaking on the ride up. At the top, we wandered a little and got a gelato - there isn't a whole lot up there. We sat and rested for 10 min, then took the little tourist train to (I believe) Collalbo. It was crowded but we managed to be at the head of the line going and coming back, so we were able to get a seat. At Collalbo - again, not a lot to see, so we just enjoyed the view and walked a bit, before jumping back on the train and heading back to the cable car and down to Bolzano.
We had seen some interesting looking shops, so we picked up some gifts for my mom and some items for us, then wandered around trying to find somewhere to have supper. We stopped at one place but left (can't recall why - maybe nothing on the menu, or people were smoking) then found another spot - we had pork and chicken but for the price it wasn't really that great. Ah well, I should have cooked again. Popped into the Lindt store for some sweets then back to the room to prepare for the next day as we were moving on to Verona. Overall - we really liked Bolzano - probably my fav spot of all the new spots we visited - it wasn't very crowded/touristy and the views of the mountains were lovely.