Dolly Travels: Bolzano and Castelrotto

Published Date Author: , September 15th, 2011

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Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on the go again, this time starting in Switzerland and ending in Italy. She has graciously allowed us to republish her travel blogs. Enjoy!

Dolomites, Italy

Hello, everyone,

Dolomites, ItalyWe are finishing our stay in the Dolomites now. Tomorrow we leave here and go to Lake Como.

We arrived in Bolzano about 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. With not much time to waste, immediately headed for the Museum of Archeology to see the Ice Man, Otzi, whose frozen body was found high on the mountains near the Italian-Austrian border in 1991. He is over 5000 years old and looks pretty good for his age. The museum has put together a fantastic display of real, fiction, scientific evidence, on 4 floors of the museum.

After seeing this, we took a cable car lift to Oberbozen, a small village above Bolzano. From there, we got out first good view of the Dolomites, then hiked down to see the Earth Pyramids, a very interesting rock formation. It was a pretty strenuous hike, for me, back up the hill, but the view was well worth the hike.

We had a good Tyrolean dinner, with sausages and beer, then slept well that night. Sunday morning we woke up to a gentle rain, our first rain of our journey. We caught the bus to Castelrotto and the rain had stopped.

Dolomites, ItalyAs we got off the bus, we could hear music coming from the square, and as we checked into out hotel, here came the marching band, all dressed in their Tyrolean finest, headed for a beer garden set up in town. Apparently, it was an afternoon of band music, so we settled in and had a great time, listening to the different bands, enjoying more sausages and beer, and seeing the people in their cultural dress.

After the concert, we took a lift up the mountainside to Marinzen, a small area with goats, burros, a playground for kids, and of course, hiking trails. Patrick got tom pet a dog, and some goats, which was good for him, as he was missing his dog.

By the time we got back down to Castelrotto it was raining. We went out to dinner, then settled into out nice down comforters for a good night’s sleep.
Monday was overcast, but we still tried to go hiking up in the Alpe di Suisse, but the weather just did not cooperate. Once back in the valley, the kids decided to take another hike, up to some castle ruins, in spite of the rain.

Today started out cool and overcast, but no rain, and became a glorious day to hike. Up in Compatsch, in the alpine meadow, we took another lift up to Puflatsch, where we could see the villages down below, as well as across the valley to more mountains. We saw the Witches Benches, and some more goats, then we went down again, took the Panoramic lift, finally hiking about 2 hours to Saltria.

There was just more and more beautiful scenery, everywhere we looked. Patrick and Kiri then took a third lift up to Williams. I opted to hang out at the Saltria outdoor restaurant, and wait for them. I thought to myself, if I died right now, I would die happy! And in such a beautiful setting!

So now we are contemplating dinner, and packing. It is always difficult to leave such lovely places behind, but we are off to experience more adventures.
As always, I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to enjoy so many of God’s magnificent works.

Until next time,


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