South Tyrol is, as the name says, the southern part of Tyrol. It belongs to Italy since 1919, while the northern part of Tyrol belongs to Austria (as the entire region had before). The people in South Tyrol suffered a lot since their region became an official part of Italy after World War I and it got worse when the Italian “Duce” Mussolini and the German “Führer” Hitler agreed to “share” South Tyrol – Mussolini wanted the country to italianize it and Hitler wanted the (ethnic German) people to settle them in his own occupied territories mainly in Poland and of course send the young men to war. The Italianization continued after World War II even under the democratic governments in Italy. It was only in the early seventies after some violence and endless political negotiations that South Tyrol finally became an “autonomous province” and the population got extensive minority rights. However, there are still attempts of the government in Rome to undermine the autonomy.
So much for the region’s history. The bollards don’t have anything to do with it, though – I suppose ;) These are just some of them which I came across when visiting places during our holiday.
Brixen (a very beautiful town):
Trens (the village we stayed in):
Wiesen (another village):