Bolzano for Expats and Nomads

Quality of LifeCost of LivingDigital Nomads

👥Population: 531,178

🚑Healthcare: okay

📚Education: great

👮🏽‍♀️Safety: good

🚨Crime: low

🚌Transport: excellent

🚥Traffic: low

🚴‍♂️Cyclable: excellent

🏛️Culture: okay

🍸Nightlife: okay

⚽Recreation: excellent

🌦️Climate: good

☀️Sunshine: good

🥵Summers: not very hot

🥶Winters: very cold

🌧️Rain: little

🌫️Fog: no fog

🍃Air quality: okay

👪For family: okay

👩For women: great

🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ+: great

🥗For vegans: great

📈Cost of Living: expensive

🧑🏻Expenses (single person): 2174.06€/m

👩🏽‍🏫Expenses (tourist): 3261.09€/m

🏠Rental (studio apt.): 513.1€/m

🏘️Rental (2-room apt.): 733€/m

🏰Rental (3-room apt.): 1026.2€/m

🏙️Housing Cost: expensive

💵Local Income: 1974.02€/m

👪Expenses (small family): 3243.22€/m

🏠Sale (studio apt.): 129690€/m

🏘️Sale (2-room apt.): 216150€/m

🏰Sale (3-room apt.): 302610€/m

👩‍💻Nomad-friendly: okay

💃Fun: good

🤗Friendliness: great

🤐English-speakers: great

😊Happiness: great

💸Nomad cost: 3261.09€/m

📡High-speed Internet: poor

📈Innovation: excellent

🏖️Beach: poor

⛰️Hiking: excellent


Map of the Bolzano province in Trentino-Alto Adige
Map of the provinces of Trentino-Alto Adige including Bolzano
The province of Bolzano is the 36th largest Italian province by population with 531.178 people, located in the Trentino-Alto Adige region.

The larger Bolzano metropolitan area comprises 116 towns (comuni) and covers an area of 739.838 km2.

The population density is 72 inhabitants per km2, making it sparcely populated.

The male to female ratio is 1.00:1.03.

Bolzano (Italian) or Bozen (German), (Ladin: Balsan, Bulsan) is the capital city of South Tyrol, the German-speaking region in the northern part of Italy. Bolzano is the largest city in the region. Its archaeology museum is famous worldwide as the home of the alpine iceman "Ötzi".

It is also known as the Italian Capital of Christmas thanks to its characteristic Christmas market.

Bolzano's population is around 100,000 (140,000 including the metropolitan area).

25% of inhabitants speak German as their mother tongue; the population of German-speakers is much higher in the non-urban parts of the province (up to more than 90% in some areas), making the city and province officially bilingual.

Together with Innsbruck, Bolzano is the capital of the Alps because the seat of the Alpine Convention is there.

The world-famous Museum of Archaeology with the Iceman and the Messner Mountain Museum's main seat make Bolzano a world city of mountaineering history and culture.

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The province of Bolzano receives on average 231 hours of sunshine per month, or 7.7 hours of sunshine per day.NaN This is 2.12% less than the average for Italy and 0.00% less than the average for the region of Trentino-Alto Adige.

Throughout the year, it rains on average 6.84 days per month, which is below average for an Italian province.

During the autumn and winter season, there are usually 0.06 days per month with fog and 4.32 cold days per month with perceived temperatures below 3°C.

In the summer, there are on average 17.79 hot days per month with perceived temperatures above 30°C.

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Cost of Living

The average monthly income in Bolzano is around 1974.02€, which is higher than the average for Italy.

The estimated cost of living is around 2174.06€ per month for an individual or 3243.22€ per month for a family of 4.

The cost for renting a small apartment (2-3 bedrooms) in a main city area is around 1068.91€ per month.

Overall, Bolzano is expensive compared to other Italian provinces.

Living in Bolzano is around 31.75% more expensive than the average of all Italian provinces.

Quality of Life


Healthcare in Bolzano is below average. For every 10k inhabitants, there are around undefined pharmacies, 6.5 general practitioners and 26.1 specialized doctors per 10k inhabitants.

NaNAverage life expectancy in Bolzano is very high at 82.7 years of age.


Bolzano has a higher-than-average percentage of high school graduates, around 70%; and a lower-than-average percentage of university graduates, around 24.5%.NaN The average number of completed years of schooling for people over 25 is 10.7, which is not far from the national average of 10.44.

NaN There is one university in the province.


Bolzano offers a delightful and intimate nightlife scene. As a smaller city nestled in the picturesque South Tyrolean region, Bolzano's nightlife is characterized by cozy wine bars, charming cafes, and local hangouts.

Visitors can enjoy sipping regional wines, indulging in traditional dishes, and engaging in relaxed conversations.

Bolzano's nightlife offers a tranquil and enjoyable experience for those seeking a more intimate setting.

Overall, Bolzano has somewhat decent nightlife with 2.29 bars and 3.61 restaurants per 10k inhabitants.

Crime and Safety

The province of Bolzano is overall moderately safe for expats.

As of 2021, there are an average of 2450.9 reported crimes per 100k inhabitants.

This is 13.57% lower than the national average.

There have been around 0.7 deadly road accidents and 13.3 serious work-related injuries per 10k people in Bolzano.

This is respectively 29.63% more driving accidents than average and -3.10% less work accidents than average.

Car theft is reportedly 85.34% lower than average with only 10.34 cases per 100k inhabitants.

NaNReports of house thefts are 32.13% lower than average with 118.78 cases per 100k inhabitants.

NaNCases of robbery are not totally uncommon, around 49.41% higher than average with 33.08 reports per 100k inhabitants.

Bolzano has a relatively low overall crime rate, but property crimes are more prevalent.

Instances of petty theft and property-related offenses can occur, which may affect residents and visitors.

It is recommended to take necessary precautions such as securing personal belongings and being aware of your surroundings.

The city maintains effective safety measures and has a visible police presence.

Road accidents are infrequent, but it is advisable to drive responsibly and follow traffic regulations when traveling in Bolzano.


Public transport in Bolzano is quite good, and traffic is below average.

NaNThere are on average 0.64 active vehicles per person, against a national average of 0.66.

Around 1.68km per 10k inhabitants of the main city in Bolzano consist of bicycle lanes.

This makes Bolzano somewhat bike-friendly by Italian standards.

The city centre is not big and so it can be discovered on foot.

The best way to discover every corner of the city is on foot but in order to reach other areas inside the city using the public system is a good idea - also because the public transport system is efficient and the means of transport run on time and are clean.


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