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Dozza

Aerial photo of the medieval village. Source: Comune di Dozza. Photo by: Cricca
Province:  Bologna (25 km)
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Where it is
The Medieval Village of Dozza, one of the 100 “Borghi più belli d’Italia” is located south of Bologna, 6 km far from Imola, and is situated on the crest of a gentle hill dominating the Sellustra river valley.
Why visit
In Dozza, art becomes urban landscape, through the decoration of houses’ walls, streets and squares which fills the corners of the village with light and bright colours . It’s a real open-air museum, where you can admire more than one hundred works by several contemporary prestigious artists. Inside the fortress, in the Centro Studi e Documentazione del Muro Dipinto, frescos and sketches of the painted walls are displayed.
Where to visit and what to see
The best period to visit Dozza is from May to September, when you can combine the visit to the village and the participation to events such as the “Wine Festival” or the “Nuova Biennale del Muro Dipinto” (Biennial Exhibition of the Painted Wall).

Its historical centre, with a singular spindle shape, has saved the original medieval structure and the imposing fortress, the Rocca Sforzesca, situated on the top of the village, harmonizes perfectly with the rest of the buildings.

The Fortress, reconstructed during the 15th century by order of Caterina Sforza on the remains of ancient Bolognese fortresses, has been transformed, at the end of the 16th century, into the elegant Palazzo Malvezzi Campeggi by the Malvezzi-Campeggi family, who lived there until 1960.

Don’t miss a visit to the apartments on the first floor, to the great hall, the parlours and the bedrooms, the kitchen, the dungeons, the instruments of torture and the tour of the towers.
The second floor of the Fortress hosts the ‘Centro Studi e Documentazione del Muro Dipinto’ and the Mascellani Collection, while the ancient cellars host the Enoteca Regionale dell’Emilia Romagna.

In the historical centre of the village, coloured by the frescos of the Painted Wall, don’t miss a visit to the Praepositus church of Santa Maria Assunta in Piscina, built in the 12th century on the remains of an ancient Romanesque church, which hosts a panel painting by Marco Palmezzano dating back to 1492, the Rivellino, with the 18th century gate to the village and the Rocchetta, dating back to the 14th century.
Room with a view
Situated inside a 13th century monastery completely refurbished, Monte del Re Hotel is the ideal place where you can combine work and relaxation. Located on the top of a panoramic hill dominating the medieval village, the hotel is provided with a wonderful outdoor swimming pool surrounded by green slopes. The ancient church is now used as a meeting room, particularly suitable for symposiums and seminars.
Don't miss
You can’t leave Dozza without visiting the Enoteca Regionale dell’Emilia Romagna (http://www.enotecaemiliaromagna.it/?lang=en). The Enoteca Regionale is situated in the evocative cellars of the Fortress; there you can find and buy more than 800 selected labels. Moreover, it hosts a wine bar where wine tastings are organized under the guide of professional sommeliers.
On the table
From tagliatelle (noodles) to garganelli (macaroni) and tortelli (fillled pasta), in Dozza pasta is rigourously hand-made. The traditional second courses are meat based: castrato (mutton grilled meat) and fiorentina (grilled beef steak), accompanied by the typical piadina (flat bread) served also with soft cheese, like squaquerone, or salamis. As for the wines, you can choose among a great selection of local products such as Sangiovese DOC (red wine) and Albana DOCG (white wine). Because of its enogastronomical richness, Dozza is part of the Strada dei Vini e Sapori Colli d’Imola.
To keep fit
If you are fond of cycling, you can ride along the Santerno Valley, the Sillaro Valley, or the Sellustra Valley, three places where you can spend time plunged into a wild nature and great landscapes. 15 Km far from Dozza you can also find Castel San Pietro Terme Baths (Terme di Castel San Pietro Terme) and the Golf Club “Le Fonti", a beautiful 18 holes golf court situated in the charming Sillaro Valley.
Main events
Don’t miss, during the third week of September, the Biennale d’Arte Contemporanea “Muro Dipinto” (Biennial Exhibition of the Painted Wall). The event was born in 1960 and during the manifestation the artists work in close contact with the public and the urban background.
Nearby
25 km far from Dozza, in the village of Castel del Rio, along the Santerno Valley, you can visit the fortified Palazzo Alidosi (XVI century), holding the "cortiletto delle tre fontane" (three fountains courtyard), dating back to the Renaissance. Inside the Palace you find the “Museo del Castagno” (Chestnut Museum) and the War Museum, holding more than one thousand findings from the two World Wars. The basement of the Palace hosts the Cantinaccia, a place where you can find tourist information, taste, and buy, typical products of the territory. Next to the centre is located the Ponte Alidosi (Alidosi Bridge), a rare masterpiece of civil engineering, which has become a national monument in 1897. This humpback bridge has got an only arch 42 mt. high and a rise of 19 mt.
For more information
Local Staff: Area Imolese
Information Offices
Informazione e accoglienza turisticaIMOLA
Via Emilia, 135
Galleria del Centro Cittadino
40026 Imola (BO)
Tel. ++39 0542-602207
Fax ++39 0542-602141
iat@comune.imola.bo.it
Opening: Open troughout the year
More about services and schedule of the info centres in the Local website

How to reach

Railways Ferrovie dello Stato
Stop in Imola (5 km) or in Castel S. Pietro Terme (5 km)
BusExtra-urban line
TPER Bologna Extraurbana
Connections from and to the town
Airports Bologna (25 km)
By Car
Coming from the North: follow A1 Motorway; once you reach Bologna, take the A14 Motorway towards Ancona and exit at Castel San Pietro toll. Coming from the South: follow A14-E45 Motorway towards Bologna and exit at Castel San Pietro Terme toll. Follow driving directions towards Imola along the Strada Provinciale 19, Via San Carlo. Once you reach the Strada Statale 9, Via Emilia, follow the it towards Rimini. After about 4 km, turn right into Via Calanco (which becomes Via XX Settembre once you enter the village).

Last update: 18/04/2011

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