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Piazza della Vittoria

In this square, surrounded by the charming city of Bolanzo and the Dolomites, see the controversial Victory Monument commissioned by Benito Mussolini.

Today, Piazza della Vittoria is peaceful and picturesque. In the 1920s, however, it was a very visible example of fascism’s growing influence in South Tyrol. When the Allies won World War I, Italy annexed the region from Austria. When you visit the square, learn about this tumultuous time in Bolzano’s history. 

The Victory Monument is the contentious centerpiece of Piazza della Vittoria. Dictator Benito Mussolini commissioned the monument in 1926, ostensibly to celebrate the Italian victory in World War I but also to cement Fascist Italy’s domain over Bolzano. The monument, built in the stark manner that characterized fascist architecture, has been an object of controversy ever since. 

Note the Latin phrase etched on the main façade, which translates to: “Here at the border of the fatherland set down the banner. From this point on we educated the others with language, law and culture.” The German-speaking majority of South Tyrol saw the inscription, which refers to Roman imperial history, as a direct threat to their heritage and rights. 

Following multiple attempts to deface and even destroy the Victory Monument, many argued that the monument should be demolished. The government ultimately decided to keep it standing, along with a permanent exhibit that addresses the dark chapter of history surrounding it. Learn more through videos and documents in "BZ '18–'45: One Monument, One City, Two Dictatorships." Find the exhibit in Piazza della Vittoria adjacent to the Victory Monument.

If you need to digest the historic significance of Piazza della Vittoria, or simply want to enjoy the views of the craggy Dolomites on the horizon, head across the street to Petrarca Park. Take a stroll along the Talfer River or relax in the park’s expansive lawns. 

Most of downtown Bolzano is within easy walking distance of Piazza della Vittoria. Find the city’s South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, which is famous for being the home of the mummified Ötzi the Iceman, just across the Talfer River. 


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Parkhotel Laurin $131
Parkhotel Laurin

Parkhotel Laurin

Via Laurin, 4, Bolzano, BZ
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located near the slopes, this Old Town hotel is in the city center, within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Walther and Cathedral of Bolzano, and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. City Gallery and Free University of Bozen-Bolzano are also within 10 minutes. Bolzano/Bozen Station is only a 2-minute walk.

    Iceman Rooms $40
    Iceman Rooms

    Iceman Rooms

    Museumstraße 35, Bolzano
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Old Town, this guesthouse is steps from Ortler Ski Arena and Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige. Piazza Walther and Renon Cable Car are also within 15 minutes. Bolzano/Bozen Station is 10 minutes by foot.

      Stadt Hotel Citta $137
      Stadt Hotel Citta

      Stadt Hotel Citta

      Piazza Walther 21, Bolzano, BZ
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Ortler Ski Arena and Piazza Walther. Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige and Renon Cable Car are also within 15 minutes. Bolzano/Bozen Station is 6 minutes by foot.

        Hotel Greif $137
        Hotel Greif

        Hotel Greif

        Piazza Walther, Bolzano, BZ
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located near the slopes, this Old Town hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of City Gallery, Piazza Walther, and Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige and Renon Cable Car are also within 15 minutes. Bolzano/Bozen Station is only a 3-minute walk.

          Residence Fink $45
          Residence Fink

          Residence Fink

          Mustergasse 9, Bolzano
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Old Town, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige and Piazza Walther. Renon Cable Car and Palaonda are also within 3 mi (5 km). Bolzano/Bozen Station is 6 minutes by foot.

            Parkhotel Luna Mondschein Bozen $130
            Parkhotel Luna Mondschein Bozen

            Parkhotel Luna Mondschein Bozen

            Via Piave 15, Bolzano, BZ
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ortler Ski Arena and Piazza Walther. Renon Cable Car and Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige are also within 10 minutes. Bolzano/Bozen Station is only a 5-minute walk.

              Eberle $141
              Eberle

              Eberle

              Santa Maddalena di Sopra, Obermagdalena, Bolzano, BZ
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Centro - Piani - Rencio, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Renon Cable Car, Piazza del Municipio, and Museum of Nature South Tyrol. Via dei Portici and Piazza Walther are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bolzano/Bozen Station is 19 minutes by foot.

                Mary's Rooms $40
                Mary's Rooms

                Mary's Rooms

                Via Andreas Hofer 4, Bolzano
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Town, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Ortler Ski Arena and Renon Cable Car. Piazza Walther and Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Adige are also within 15 minutes. Bolzano/Bozen Station is 8 minutes by foot.