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Getting There

By Train -- Bolzano is on the north-south rail line that links Verona with Innsbruck, Austria, via the Brenner Pass. There are some 17 trains daily from Verona (1 1/2-1 3/4 hr.) and 25 trains a day from Trent (32-45 min.). Hourly train service links Bolzano with Merano (38 min.).

By Bus -- Bolzano is the hub of the excellent SAD bus network, serving even the most remote mountain villages (tel. 0471-450-111; www.sad.it). There are hourly buses to and from Merano (1 hr.) and Bressanone (1 hr.). Two daily morning buses (currently departing at 9:15 and 11:10am) make the trip to Cortina, with a change in Dobbiaco (about 4 hr.). The extremely helpful staff at the bus station, the round building 1 block up from the train station and on the left, will help you make sense of the routing.

By Car -- Autostrada A22 connects Bolzano with Trent in a little over half an hour and with Verona (where you can connect with the A4 for Milan and Rome) in a little over an hour; and, farther south, Modena (where you can connect with the A1 for Florence and Rome); A22 runs north to Innsbruck. Avoid parking in the criminally expensive public garages; most hotels have arrangements for considerably less.

By Plane -- Bolzano's dinky airport (tel. 0471-254-070; www.abd-airport.it), on the south side of the Isarco River, a few minutes' taxi ride from the center, is the Dolomite's official airport and has daily flights from Rome and Frankfurt, as well as service from Vienna.

Visitor Information

The city tourist office, near the Duomo at Piazza Walther 8 (tel. 0471-307-000; fax 0471-980-128; www.bolzano-bozen.it), dispenses a wealth of information on Bolzano and the South Tirol. It's open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6:30pm and on Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm. The local events calendar BoBo can also be found online at www.bobo.it.

Bolzano by Bike . . . for a Buck!

The best way to get about town -- certainly out to the castles and to Gries -- is on one of the bikes offered by the municipality. There's a stand on the left side of Viale Stazione just before Piazza Walther, and another on Piazza Gries. Just leave 1€ for 6 hours, 2€ for the day, and have a passport or driver's license handy. Unfortunately, this initiative is guaranteed only from Easter through October. Those who would prefer a little mechanical advantage can rent an electric bike from Sport Ler, Via Portici 1 (tel. 0471-977-719).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.