The elegant mansions and the Rocca Sforzesca are only a few attractions of the historical centre, which can be visited completely on foot. Moreover, the evocative background of the Apennines and the high-level sports facilities make Imola the right place for nature and sports lovers.
The Rocca Sforzesca (Imola’s fortress), which dates back to the 13th century, is the most imposing building of the urban landscape. The complex, open to the public, hosts a rare collection of ancient weapons and a prestigious exhibition of medieval ceramics. From the top of the building you can take in a 360° view of Imola’s territory, from the plain to the Apennines.
Among the many noble palaces of the historical centre (a lot of them open to the public), Palazzo Tozzoni stands out with its splendid furnishings and its perfect state of conservation. Particularly interesting are the cellars of the mansion, hosting a rich collection of historical objects and tools of the local rural culture.
Plunged deep in the greenery of its gardens, the San Domenico Museum, located in the cloister of the ancient convent of the Saints Nicolò and Domenico (next to the church of the same name), houses the “Pinacoteca Civica” and the museum “Giuseppe Scarabelli - Archeological Section”. Among the paintings exhibited, belonging to different ages and schools, you can find paintings by Innocenzo da Imola, Bartolomeo Cesi, Guttuso and De Pisis.
On the first slopes of the Apennines lays the racetrack which has made Imola a well-known town all around the world. The “Circuito Enzo e Dino Ferrari”, built in the 50s, still welcomes sporting events of international importance and it is an obligatory stop for those who want to completely understand the character of the town.
Second courses are meat-based: castrato (grilled mutton) and fiorentina (grilled T-bone steak). Plus the local piadina romagnola (unleavened bread) served with soft cheeses or salami. As for wine, a wide selection includes: Sangiovese DOC (red) and Albana DOCG (white). Imola is part of the “Strada dei Vini e Sapori Colli d’Imola”.
November brings the ‘Baccanale’: gastronomy in every form, from exhibitions to tastings, theatrical events, conventions, and markets.
In the village of Tossignano you can also visit the Center "I Gessi e il Fiume" (The Chalks and the River), which holds some samples of chalks and limestone and the Museum for Material Culture. Here you can also follow didactical laboratories about nature and the environment.
Via Emilia, 135
Galleria del Centro Cittadino
40026 Imola (BO)
Tel. ++39 0542-602207
Fax ++39 0542-602141
Opening: Open troughout the year
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Last update: 18/04/2011