One of my favorite travel destinations is Bolzano, Italy (or Bozen in German). Located at the base of the Alps in Northern Italy, the city is a blend of ancient and new, German and Italian, tradition and diversity. This is the land of castles! And many stud the hillsides around Bolzano, their stone turrets poking above the landscape. The location of Castle Marrecio, pictured here, is unusual. Rather than perched on a lofty cliff overlooking the city, it is a stately landmark of a quiet neighborhood surrounded by working vineyards. Dating back to the 12th century, the castle has been home to various sovereigns and wealthy families. Restored in the 1980’s , it is now used as a convention center and wedding hall.