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The tradition of Törggelen in Bolzano: glasses of wine, chestnuts and sliced cold meat on a wooden table outside in the sunset light

It just takes a quick look at the slopes surrounding the city for magic to happen: autumn in Bolzano is full of emotional resonance and fascinating places to explore. It offers a caleidoscope of colours and textures, a stunning and unique landscape, with the touch of an artist. This period of the year is rich in open-air initiatives dedicated to gastronomy and the most authentic traditional flavours. Let yourself be inspired by the intense notes of ripe fruit and sweet scent of grapes inviting you to spend some quiet time in nature and enjoy the last rays of sunshine.


A great opportunity to discover (and fully understand) what autumn means in South Tyrol is the tradition of "Törggelen". The term comes from the Latin word torquere, meaning to press, i.e. press the must after the grape harvest. This tradition, which is deeply felt in our area, begins in October and usually lasts until the end of November. Of course, the tradion of Törggelen can also to be interpreted as an opportunity to go on relaxing walks on the paths leading from the city to the slopes of the Salto/Salten and the Colle/Kohlern areas. What are you waiting for? Come and walk from farmhouse to farmhouse, among the vineyards and chestnut trees. Try and taste the simple yet savory traditional dishes that farmers prepare today as peasants once did. 

Every year the tradition of Törggelen fascinates our guests from all around the world, who spend their holidays in South Tyrol. Moreover, some restaurants in Bolzano offer various dishes and special menus to celebrate the "Gastronomic Autumn". The list of places near Bolzano where you can try the Törggelen is available here.

Finally, if you would like to enjoy some wonderful excursions in South Tyrol, you can find plenty of suggestions here. Just select your area of interest (e.g. Bolzano/Bozen and Environs) and choose the best hiking trail to admire the wonderful colours of autumn!