I was lucky; I got Erasmus Mundus scholarship. With this scholarship, I had a chance to get to know the small city that named Bolzano that I did not even know it exists in the world. This city is located in the north of Italy and surrounded by mountains. I was able to see mountains around me, even when I was in the city center.
I lived in Bolzano about 11 months starting from mid of September 2011 to mid of August 2012, and studied in Free University of Bozen-Bolzano for 2 semesters. Bozen is a German name while Bolzano is an Italian name. There, I got used to seeing everything in 2 languages: Italian and German.
I was an indoor girl during winter. I spent time with cooking and watching movies. But when summer came, I really enjoyed outdoor activities like cycling there. My friends and I rode bicycles to lake and waterfall. I did the longest bike trip in my life, 50 kilometers round, to Lago di Caldaro. From the trips, I realized that Italy, the world’s fashion center, also is one of the choices for nature-lover.
If you go there, I would recommend you to take cable car up to the mountain, enjoy the scenery around, and see ‘Earth Pyramids’, a unique natural that could be found only around Bolzano.
Another place worth visiting is Lake Carezza (or Karersee in German), the rainbow lake in the Dolomites, South Tyrol. It is one of my favorite places. I like how the green water reflects the mountains. To go there, it takes just only 40 minutes by bus from Bolzano bus terminal.
If you happen to be there during November or December, you can feel the atmosphere of Christmas market. And don’t forget to try traditional hot drink which is called mulled wine and apple strudel.
To visit Bolzano, it takes around 4 hours from Milan by train. You can also make a day trip from Innsbruck or Munich. Go there; you will love Bolzano… a small city I lived in.