Bolzano (/bɒltˈsɑːnoʊ/; Italian pronunciation: [bolˈtsaːno] is the capital city of the province of South Tyrol in northern Italy. With a population of 107,436, Bolzano is also by far the largest city in South Tyrol.
Bolzano is the seat of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, where lectures and seminars are held in English, German and Italian. The city is also home to the Italian Army’s Alpini High Command (COMALP) and some of its combat and support units.
In the 2014 version of the annual ranking of quality of life in Italian cities, Bolzano was ranked as having the Best Quality of Life in Italy.
Along with other Alpine towns in South Tyrol, Bolzano engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention. The Convention aims to promote and achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. Consequently, Bolzano was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2009.
Bolzano is considered as a bridge between North and South due to the three spoken languages in South Tyrol, Italian, German and Ladin, and the confluence of Italian and German-Austrian culture.