Otzi the Iceman
Italy is my favorite place to visit because every time I go, I discover something new to see. If you are looking for an unusual vacation spot, visit the Tyrol Valley in Italy. The previous blog post mentions some Tyrol Valley castles and the special Gufyland Bird Sanctuary (click to read in case you missed that post). Beyond the castles, the Tyrol valley is the home of Otzi the Iceman.
Bolzano is the city to visit if you want to see Otzi. The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology houses the over five-thousand (!) year old mummy which you can view through a small porthole. The entire museum is dedicated to Otzi’s story – where he was found, how he was found, what he was wearing, what he ate, etc. It is an impressive museum dedicated to one man, and there is even a specialized rescue protocol in case Otzi needs to be evacuated from the high-tech chamber!
The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology is right in the center of town, easy to find and the main attraction of the city.
- Museum entry fees are 9 euros for Adults, 7 euros for kids 6 and older (under 6 years old is free), and specials for groups and families. (As of Summer 2016)
- Museum hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm (closed Mondays)
- For a link to the official museum website where you can also find out more about Otzi, click here: http://www.iceman.it/en/
The Iceman is certainly the main reason to visit the small city of Bolzano, but the town itself is charming and worth a stroll through the main streets and lunch on the main piazza. Bolzano’s medieval center is fun to walk through. You will see colorful houses, painted decorations on the buildings, a bustling food market and the colorful, tiled roof of the Bolzano Cathedral just off of the Walther Square. Don’t miss a walk down Via dei Portici, a pedestrian shopping street lined with Romanesque-style houses and arcades.