Bolzano About this sound listen is the capital city of the province of South Tyrol in northern Italy. It is one of only five mainly Italian-speaking municipalities in South Tyrol.Bolzano is the seat of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, where lectures and seminars are held in English, German and Italian. The city is also home to the Italian Army's Alpini High Command and some of its combat and support units.In a 2010 quality-of-life survey by the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Bolzano was ranked number one on a list of 107 Italian cities. In the 2011 edition of the survey, Bolzano was ranked number two, after top-ranked Bologna. In the 2012 edition, Bolzano once again occupied the top spot, being ranked the city with the best quality of life in Italy.Together with other Alpine towns Bolzano engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. Bolzano was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2009.