They are the green heart of the town: the local recreation area of the Talvera Meadows, not far from Bolzano’s Medieval Arcades.
The Talvera Meadows or Talferwiesen (in German) in Bolzano describe the large leisure and recreation area right and left of the Talvera river. The Lungotalvera Promenade lines the Talvera Meadows and invites to a pleasant stroll under shady trees, whereas on the meadows themselves there are several playgrounds, park benches, sports fields, e.g. for soccer and basketball, a skate park and a minigolf course. During winter months, the right riverbank offers an ice skating rink.
Until 1993, on the western edge of the Talvera Meadows there was an enclosure made of concrete which was the home of Pippo, a gentle brown bear. In 2008, the area was transformed into a youth centre which still remembers this brave boy: the PIPPO.food.chill.stage. It is intended to be a bilingual meeting point for high school students, a youth club which gives space to projects, workshops and courses, a stage for live concerts and an after-school place.
Furthermore, the Talvera Meadows host open-air events the whole year round. Among them there are several festivals such as the Kids’ Day of the Bolzano VKE Section, the Peoples Festival at the beginning of summer and the Outdoor Sports Festival in early autumn. Kids meet here in costumes for Carnival and adults enjoy a chat or a jogging tour on weekends. Also activities such as observing the firmament with a telescope with the Astronomical Observatory Max Valier are offered.