RS bozen rathausplatz fassaden
RS bozen rathausplatz fassaden

Piazza del Municipio (Townhall Square)

The Townhall Square with its neo-baroque town hall is home to the traditional farmers’ market every Friday.

While the Piazza delle Erbe square is located at one end of the Arcades, the Townhall Square is at the other - eastern - end: It marks the lower end of the Via Bottai alley.

Actually, it’s the Trinity Square. However, when the town hall under the Arcades became too small after almost five centuries, the square was renamed Piazza del Municipio (Rathausplatz, in German, that’s to say Townhall Square) and construction work for a new representative seat of Bolzano’s municipal administration started. Completed in 1907, the Bolzano town hall has a neo-baroque façade outside and beautiful halls inside: One of them, the meeting room of the municipal council on the 2nd floor, was painted by the Bolzano painter Gottfried Hofer. Civil weddings are still held here today, the other offices are located in the Vicolo Gumer and in the Via Vintola alleys.

Several other frescoed buildings adorn the Piazza del Municipio, including the Amonn House in the east with its rococo stucco decoration. Every Friday morning the farmers’ market takes place at the square, where regional producers offer their fresh products: fruit and vegetables, farm cheese, eggs from free-range chickens, bakery products, herbs, bacon and flowers.

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