The Gries district is one of Bolzano’s most sought-after neighbourhoods, with the main square “Piazza Gries” at its heart. A wide range of shops, banks, cafés and restaurants, a pharmacy and the parish church are within walking distance, along with the bus stop with connections to the city centre and the hospital as well as a dense network of pedestrian and bike paths. Hidden away down a discreet driveway off the main square lies the old Bolzano winery, where a new development will offer ten small, stylish apartment buildings that vary in size and appointments – from ground-floor apartments with private gardens to penthouses with panoramic roof terraces.
Less than a century ago, Gries was an independent village – almost as big as Bolzano itself. And the district carries itself with that same pride today: ideal access to local services and public transportation, an old parish church and the Gries Cathedral, numerous public entities – from municipal offices, recreation and sport facilities and public primary schools to state-level institutions such as healthcare providers, a regional and a district court, the regional library, comprehensive secondary schools, a RAI public broadcasting station and much more. The green spaces and vineyards surrounding Piazza Gries hark back to the district’s rural origins. The main square and its immediate surroundings in particular offer the peace and quiet of a traditional village with a central city location. It is precisely this unique, sophisticated charm that has persuaded so many local citizens – doctors, self-employed professionals, civil servants and entrepreneurs – to settle in Gries with their families.
Leading directly off Piazza Gries, the beating heart of the district, you’ll find a protected entrance to the old Bolzano winery, shielded from street view by the traditional architecture added over the district’s history. A development with 10 stylish apartment buildings is being built on this 1.1-hectare (2.7-acre) lot between Piazza Gries and Vittorio Veneto Street, which seeks to reinterpret this peaceful village atmosphere with its layout and timeless architecture. The private gardens, green spaces and charming walkways define the look and feel; only pedestrians and cyclists populate this space dedicated to residential and recreational life, with vehicle access through the underground car parks. Large floor-to-ceiling windows and doors encourage an indoor/outdoor lifestyle; high-quality materials and meticulous construction guarantee the highest possible standard of living and an A-grade ClimateHouse energy standard.