Cities and culture in South Tyrol
The holiday destination South Tyrol has eight cities. The largest of these is the regional capital of Bolzano, a medieval trading town and political centre of the area. Then there is the spa town of Merano, the centre of the Burgraviato, Bressanone, the bishop's town and centre of the Isarco Valley, Laives, the youngest town in South Tyrol, the town of Bruneck, the centre of the Pusteria Valley, the Fugger town of Vipiteno, as a medieval trading town and capital of the upper Isarco Valley, the artist town of Chiusa, as an architectural pearl in the lower Isarco Valley and Glorenza, as a medieval small town and traffic junction in the Venosta Valley on the ancient Roman Via Claudia Augusta. The cultural diversity and countless residences, castles, palaces, monasteries, churches and other art treasures characterise the cities and radiate a mixture of Mediterranean and Alpine flair, tradition and modern lifestyle.