DOZZA Travel Guide
Dozza is one of the most fascinating villages in the metropolitan city of Bologna.
Situated on the first hills that, from Via Emilia, rise to the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines, with the village of Toscanella, a municipality of 6,600 inhabitants.
Coming from the West, it is sufficient to pass a small stream, the Sillaro, and magic is accomplished: imaginary boundaries with Emilia remain behind and suddenly enter the mythical Romagna, among the vineyards and the smiles of her people.
Here settled Celtic and Roman, before the Longobard invasions, but they had to give way to the Byzantines, which included Dozza in their Esarcato until the middle of the eighth century. After a parenthesis as a free commune, the town became part of the State of the Church.
Today, most of the population live in the valley, at Toscanella, an industrial and laborious center, but it is mainly the old town of Dozza to attract tourists for its curious peculiarities.
Dozza is one of the beautiful medieval hamlets that embellish the Country and is characterized by frescoes by famous painters.
Almost every wall, in fact, is a small work of art, because here periodically great artists gather and paint murals on the walls of their houses.
The historic village has an elongated shape that, passing through a picturesque Arch, ends near Sforzesca Fortress, home to, among other things, the Regional Enoteca, where more than 800 wines are collected, which attentive sommeliers lead to tasting.
The Rocca is a medieval monument transformed by Caterina Sforza into a fortified castle and can be visited to admire the ancient kitchens, furnishings and historic paintings of the noble floor. The visit is spread over 4 floors and allows you to know both the medieval fortress, the Renaissance and finally the eighteenth century, with the interventions of the Malvezzi-Campeggi family who stayed in Rocca until the 60's of the last century.
The Rocca also houses the Documentation Center of the Painted Wall.
Do not miss a visit to the ancient convent, now known as Villa di Monte del Re and the parish churches of Dozza and Toscanella.
The main event is the Biennale del Muro Dipinto, (Biennial of the Painted Wall) , the famous event that in September collects artists from all corners of the world in fresco murals in the hamlet of Dozza and graffiti and street art in Toscanella.
Since 1960 it is a painting exhibition featuring over 200 artists for more than half a century of contemporary art. It is held in odd years and has a section of street art in the hamlet of Toscanella.
THE WINE FESTIVAL | IL VINO E' IN FESTA
In May, then, it is the turn of the Wine Festival, with the participation of all producers of wineries in the hills of Imola.
Dedicated to fantasy art, the Fantastika festival takes place all year round, the last weekend of September.
choose from the best hotels, b & bs, farmhouses and resorts in Dozza, on the hills of Bologna
the foodIn this area of Bologna, the Romagna people have a lot to say that in order to understand whether you are in Emilia or Romagna, just ask for a drink: if instead of giving us water, they bring us wine, there is no doubt: we are on earth Romagna.
And the wine, in Dozza, (mainly Albana and Sangiovese) is gladly accompanied by noodles and garganelli, or delicious tortelli ricotta and sage.
Then to meat-based meals or to the famous piadines with squacquerone, which no one can withstand.
HOW TO GET TO DOZZA
Dozza is only three kilometers away from Via Emilia, 25 km from Bologna and 6 from Imola.
- by car: Highway A14, exit Castel San Pietro Terme Exit the A 14 motorway (Bologna - Ancona) at Castel San Pietro Terme (if coming from the north) or Imola (if coming from the south). Then take Via Emilia to the junction for Dozza.
- by train: Imola station (5 km) or Castel San Pietro (5km), then bus Tper
- Public Transportation: Presto Bus Service - The TPER line (at reservation) n. 147 offers links from Dozza to Toscanella and from there to Imola and Bologna at line 101, with a ride every hour (from 7 am to 8 pm on Monday from Monday on Saturdays from 14.00 to 20.00 on public holidays). Reservations 051 290 299 at least 1 hour before.
Comune di Dozza -Metropolitan City of Bologna
Via XX Settembre, 37 - 40060 DOZZA (BO)
Tel. 0542/678116 - 678351
Tel. 0542/678116 - 678351
other useful addresses:
- ROCCA di DOZZA & BIENNALE MURO DIPINTO - (last edition 2015, prox : 2017) Fondazione Dozza Citta' d'Arte - Piazza della Rocca - Rocca Sforzesca di Dozza 40060 Dozza (BO) 0542 678240 / 0542 678240 www.fondazionedozza.it
- ENOTECA REGIONALE EMILIA ROMAGNA
Piazza Rocca Sforzesca - 40060 Dozza (BO) TEL. +390542 367700 www.enotecaemiliaromagna.it/it