Bolzano

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Bolzano
German: Bozen
Comune
Città di Bolzano
Stadt(gemeinde) Bozen
Panorama of Bolzano
Panorama of Bolzano
Coat of arms of BolzanoGerman: Bozen
Coat of arms
BolzanoGerman: Bozen is located in Italy
BolzanoGerman: Bozen
Bolzano
German: Bozen
Location of Bolzano
German: Bozen in Italy
Coordinates: 46°30′N 11°21′E / 46.500°N 11.350°E / 46.500; 11.350Coordinates: 46°30′N 11°21′E / 46.500°N 11.350°E / 46.500; 11.350
CountryItaly
RegionTrentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
ProvinceSouth Tyrol (BZ)
Government
 • MayorLuigi Spagnolli (PD)
Area
 • Total52.34 km2 (20.21 sq mi)
Elevation262 m (860 ft)
Population (December 2010)
 • Total104,011
 • Density2,000/km2 (5,100/sq mi)
DemonymItalian: bolzanini
German: Bozner
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code39100
Dialing code0471
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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"Bozen" redirects here. For other uses, see Bozen (disambiguation).
For the mathematician, see Bernard Bolzano. For other uses, see Bolzano (disambiguation). For the province, see South Tyrol.
Bolzano
German: Bozen
Comune
Città di Bolzano
Stadt(gemeinde) Bozen
Panorama of Bolzano
Panorama of Bolzano
Coat of arms of BolzanoGerman: Bozen
Coat of arms
BolzanoGerman: Bozen is located in Italy
BolzanoGerman: Bozen
Bolzano
German: Bozen
Location of Bolzano
German: Bozen in Italy
Coordinates: 46°30′N 11°21′E / 46.500°N 11.350°E / 46.500; 11.350Coordinates: 46°30′N 11°21′E / 46.500°N 11.350°E / 46.500; 11.350
CountryItaly
RegionTrentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
ProvinceSouth Tyrol (BZ)
Government
 • MayorLuigi Spagnolli (PD)
Area
 • Total52.34 km2 (20.21 sq mi)
Elevation262 m (860 ft)
Population (December 2010)
 • Total104,011
 • Density2,000/km2 (5,100/sq mi)
DemonymItalian: bolzanini
German: Bozner
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code39100
Dialing code0471
WebsiteOfficial website

Bolzano About this sound listen  (German: Bozen; Ladin: Balsan or Bulsan; Latin: Bauzanum) is the capital city of the province of South Tyrol in northern Italy.

Bolzano is the seat of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, where lectures and seminars are held in English, German and Italian. The city is also home to the Italian Army's Alpini High Command (COMALP) and some of its combat and support units.[1] It is one of five mainly Italian-speaking municipalities in the Germanic province of South Tyrol.

In a 2010 quality-of-life survey by the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Bolzano was ranked number one among 107 Italian cities on the survey's list.[2] In the 2011 edition of the survey, Bolzano was ranked number two and came after the top-ranked Bologna.[3] In the 2012 edition, Bolzano regained the top place as the city with the Best Quality of Life in Italy.[4]

Along with other Alpine towns in South Tyrol, Bolzano engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention. The Convention aims to promote and achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. Consequently, Bolzano was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2009.

History[edit]

Bolzano in 1898.

The modern-day Bolzano/Bozen was inhabited by the Raetian Isarci people; the Romans built a settlement after the area had been conquered in 15 BC by General Nero Claudius Drusus. The military settlement, Pons Drusi (Drusus Bridge), was named after this Roman General. During the gradual decline of the Roman's influence in the 7th century, Bavarian immigration took place and the first mention of a Bavarian ruler in Bozen (as County of Tyrol) dated from 679.[5] At that time, the Bavarians named the nearby villages around Bozen Bauzanum or Bauzana.[6]

German (Teutonic) Settlement

The area of County of Tyrol has been settled by German populations since then. In the late-12th century, the Bishop of Trient founded a market town, along the Lauben-throughfare, near Bozen. The town therefore became an important trading post on the Transalpine Augsburg-Venice route over the Brenner Pass (1,371 metres above sea) within the Holy Roman Empire. [7]

Holy Roman Empire

In 1363, the County of Tyrol fell under the influence of the Habsburg Austria and the Holy Roman Empire. In 1381, Duke Leopold granted Bozner citizens the privilege of a town council. This eliminated the influence and power as held by Catholic bishops over the next decades. In 1462, the bishops eventually resigned all their rights of jurisdiction over the town.[8]

From the 14th and 15th centuries onwards, a large market fair was organised four times per year to greet tradesmen and merchants en-route the Brenner Pass. The Mercantile Magistrate was therefore founded in 1635 by the Austrian duchess Claudia de' Medici. During every market season, two Italian and two Germanic officers, who were appointed among the local tradesmen, worked in this magistrate office. The establishment of an official trade organisation strengthened Bozen as a cultural crossroad in the Alps.[9]

Italian Occupation

Bolzano in 1914, at the outbreak of World War I.

After the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1804, Bozen became a part of the County of Tyrol within the Austrian Empire and subsequently the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary in 1866. The County covered both modern-day South Tyrol and the Federal States of Tyrol and East Tyrol in Austria.

In 1915, the Triple Entente powers offered Italy to switch away from siding with the German Empire and Austria-Hungary. When Italy abandoned the Triple Alliance (1882), the Entente offered her territorial promises in Tyrol and Istria. This secret arrangement was confirmed in the Treaty of London (1915).

No fighting has taken place in the County of Tyrol during the First World War. Germany and Austria-Hungary, however, lost to the Entente and signed an armistice in 1918. The transfer of South Tyrol to Italy took place in 1919. At the time of Bozen's annexation by the Kingdom of Italy, the town was settled by Germanic population. As of 1910, 29,000 inhabitants were German-speaking and only 1,300 Italian-speaking.[10]

In the 1920s, along with the rest of South Tyrol, Bozen was subjected to an intensive Italianisation programme under the orders from the Fascist Benito Mussolini. The aim of his programme was to outnumber the local German-speaking population by tripling Bozen's population with Italian-speaking immigrants drawn from the rest of the country.[10] In 1927, Bozen became the capital of the province of South Tyrol. In 1933, Adolf Hitler came to power in the Weimar Republic. There was worry among Mussolini and the Fascists that Hitler, in facilitating his extreme ideology of all ethnic Germans under one Reich, would reclaim South Tyrol from Italy. Consequently, Mussolini and Hitler secured an agreement, the Option Agreement, in 1939. Hitler would renounce his claims over South Tyrol as Germany's Lebensraum (living space). Nevertheless, those Germans who opted to stay in South Tyrol and refuse to relocate to the Third Reich would be regarded as traitors and subject to a full-scale Italianisation.[11]

Second World War

During the Second World War, Bozen was the site of the Nazi's Bolzano Transit Camp, a concentration camp for persecuted Jews and political prisoners. After 1943, heavy fighting against Nazi Germany and the Axis Powers took place in the Dolomite Alps once the Allied Powers had liberated Italy.[12]

After the War, independence movements gradually gained popularity among the Germanic population in Bozen and South Tyrol. In the 1960s, a series of terror attacks against infrastructure facilities (not against citizens or people) forced the United Nations to intervene in the negotiations with the Italian government in Rome. After 11 years of mediation and negotiation, a resolution was reached between Austria and Italy on granting considerable self-government to South Tyrol.

Euroregion Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino

In 1996, the European Union approved of further integration of the Austrian state of Tyrol with the Germanic province of South Tyrol and Trentino (Welschtirol) in Italy.

Society[edit]

Linguistic distribution[edit]

According to the 2011 census, 73.80% of the city's inhabitants speak Italian, 25.52% German and 0.68% Ladin as their first language.[13]

Language2001[14]2011[13]
Italian73.00%73.80%
German26.29%25.52%
Ladin0.71%0.68%

Economy[edit]

The city thrives on a mix of old and new high-quality intensive agriculture (including wine, fruit, and dairy products), tourism, traditional handicraft (wood, ceramics), and advanced services. Heavy industry (machinery, automotive, and steel) installed during the 1930s has now been mostly dismantled. On the downside, the local economy is very dependent on the public sector and especially the provincial government.

Bolzano is the biggest city in South Tyrol, which is an autonomous province in Northern Italy with a special statute. This statute preserves the rights of the German-speaking minority in Italy. This unique system has been admired by the Dalai Lama, who visited the city on several occasions to study a possible application in Chinese-occupied Tibet.[15] It has also been presented as role model for the successful and fair resolution of inter-ethnic conflict to other regions of the world.[16]

Climate[edit]

Being located at multiple climate borders, Bolzano features a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) with hot summers and very cool winters. According to the Trewartha classification, this climate could not be really considered like a subtropical climate because of less than 8 months are at least 10 °C (50 °F), and thus would be considered like a semi-continental climate with hot summers. Some of its suburbs feature an oceanic climate (Cfb) due to some cooler summer temperatures, while mountains in the area may feature a continental climate (Dfb).

Climate data for Bolzano
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)5.9
(42.6)
9.3
(48.7)
14.6
(58.3)
18.8
(65.8)
23.2
(73.8)
26.8
(80.2)
29.2
(84.6)
28.3
(82.9)
24.8
(76.6)
18.7
(65.7)
11.0
(51.8)
6.5
(43.7)
18.09
(64.56)
Daily mean °C (°F)0.3
(32.5)
3.5
(38.3)
8.1
(46.6)
12.1
(53.8)
16.2
(61.2)
19.8
(67.6)
22.0
(71.6)
21.4
(70.5)
18.0
(64.4)
12.1
(53.8)
5.4
(41.7)
1.1
(34)
11.67
(53)
Average low °C (°F)−5.4
(22.3)
−2.4
(27.7)
1.5
(34.7)
5.3
(41.5)
9.2
(48.6)
12.7
(54.9)
14.8
(58.6)
14.5
(58.1)
11.2
(52.2)
5.5
(41.9)
−0.3
(31.5)
−4.4
(24.1)
5.18
(41.34)
Precipitation mm (inches)25.6
(1.008)
26.4
(1.039)
44.6
(1.756)
52.6
(2.071)
82.2
(3.236)
80.6
(3.173)
92.5
(3.642)
92.0
(3.622)
67.3
(2.65)
56.5
(2.224)
54.7
(2.154)
26.6
(1.047)
701.6
(27.622)
Avg. rainy days4.14.15.57.19.58.69.28.66.45.45.93.978.3
Mean monthly sunshine hours102.3120.4148.8159.0176.7201.0232.5213.9180.0151.9102.096.11,884.6
Source: Hong Kong Observatory[17]

Main sights[edit]

Bolzano Cathedral.

Its medival city centre, Gothic and Romanesque churches and bilingual signage give it the flavour of a city at the crossroads of Italian and Austrian cultures. This and its natural and cultural attractions make it a popular tourist destination.

Among the major monuments and sights are:

For more historical and geographical information see South Tyrol.

City districts and neighbouring communities[edit]

Location of Bolzano.
Aerial view of Bolzano.

City districts:

Neighbouring communities are: Eppan, Karneid, Laives, Deutschnofen, Ritten, Jenesien, Terlan and Vadena.

Transport[edit]

Bolzano is connected to the motorway network A22-E45[19] to Trento and Verona and to Innsbruck (Austria) and Munich (Germany).

The city is also connected to the Italian railway system. Bolzano railway station, opened in 1859, forms part of the Brenner railway (Verona–Innsbruck), which is part of the main railway route between Italy and Germany. The station is also a junction of two branch lines, to Merano and Mals.

There is a 50-kilometer network of cycle paths and about 30% of journeys in Bolzano are made by bicycle.[20]

There is a regular connection between Bolzano Airport (IATA: BZO) and Rome.

Sport[edit]

The town is host to an annual road running competition – the BOclassic – which features an elite men's 10K and women's 5K races. The event, first held in 1975, takes place on New Year's Eve and is broadcast live on television by Rai Sport Più.[21][22]

Bolzano is also the host city to the Giro delle Dolomiti annual road bike event.

Local teams[edit]

Football
Handball
Ice hockey
Rugby
American Football
Softball and Baseball
Fistball

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Bolzano is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Le unità di supporto del Comando Truppe Alpine (Italian)
  2. ^ "Qualità della vita 2010". Il Sole 24 Ore. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Qualità della vita 2011". Il Sole 24 Ore. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Qualità della vita 2012". Il Sole 24 Ore. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  5. ^ As reported by Paulus Diaconus in his Historia Langobardorum, V 36, ed. Georg Waitz, MGH Scriptores rerum Langobardicarum, Hannover 1878, p. 35: comes Baioariorum quem illi gravionem dicunt.
  6. ^ Richard Heuberger (1930). "Natio Noricorum et Pregnariorum". Veröffentlichungen des Museum Ferdinandeum in Innsbruck, No. 10, p. 7.
  7. ^ Hannes Obermair (2007). "‘Bastard Urbanism’? Past Forms of Cities in the Alpine Area of Tyrol-Trentino". Concilium medii aevi, 10, pp. 53-76, esp. p. 64-66.
  8. ^ Public Domain One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCoolidge, William (1911). "Botzen". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 311. 
  9. ^ Ferdinand Troyer (1648). Bozner Chronik. Bozen.
  10. ^ a b City of Bolzano publication (Italian)
  11. ^ Claudio Corradetti (2013). "Transitional Justice and the Idea of ‘Autonomy Patriotism’ in South Tyrol." “Un mondo senza stati è un mondo senza guerre”. Politisch motivierte Gewalt im regionalen Kontext, ed. by Georg Grote, Hannes Obermair and Günther Rautz (EURAC book 60), Bozen–Bolzano, ISBN 978-88-88906-82-9, pp. 17–32, esp. p. 21.
  12. ^ Juliane Wetzel (1994). "Das Polizeidurchgangslager Bozen". Die vergessenen Lager, ed. by Wolfgang Benz and Barbara Distel (Dachauer Hefte, 5), Munich.
  13. ^ a b "Volkszählung 2011/Censimento della popolazione 2011". astat info (Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol) (38): 6–7. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  14. ^ Oscar Benvenuto (ed.): "South Tyrol in Figures 2008", Provincial Statistics Institute of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol, Bozen/Bolzano 2007, p. 16, table 10
  15. ^ "Dalai Lama erhielt Südtiroler Minderheitenpreis". STOL. Retrieved 15 January 2014.  (German)
  16. ^ Antony Alcock. The South Tyrol Autonomy. County Londonderry, Bozen/Bolzano, May 2001, p. 22
  17. ^ "Climatological Normals of Bolzano". Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. 
  18. ^ BZ '18–'45. One monument, one city, two dictatorships
  19. ^ A22.it Autostrada del Brennero SpA Brennerautobahn AG. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  20. ^ Bolzano città della bicicletta (Bolzano as a cyclist's town)
  21. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-01-01). Three-peat for Soi in Bolzano. IAAF. Retrieved on 20 May 2010.
  22. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2008-12-31). Soi and Kibet at the double? Boclassic preview. IAAF. Retrieved on 20 May 2010.

External links[edit]

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