Only a few metres from the Walther Square there’s the Dominican Square with its church and the music conservatory.
Image gallery: Piazza Domenicani (Dominican Square)
The historical Piazza Domenicani is one of the most important squares in the town of Bolzano: It is situated right next to the Piazza Walther square, the urban bus lines stop here.
The Dominican Church, which gives its name to the square and is considered one of the first Gothic building ensembles of South Tyrol, was already mentioned in 1272. It still exists today, while parts of its monastery house the Bolzano Art Gallery with valuable works by Michael Pacher and the “Claudio Monteverdi” Conservatory, where the “Ferruccio Busoni” International Piano Competition takes place. While there is an Irish Pub next to it, the NISF (National Institute for Social Welfare), some shops and a bar can be found on the other side of the square.
In the immediate vicinity of the Dominican Square (Dominikanerplatz, in German) are the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and the Museion (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) to the west, to the east - as already mentioned - the Walther Square with the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and to the north the historic town centre with its Medieval Arcades.