IMOLA  |  Bologna

IMOLA  Travel Guide


Imola is a beautiful town of 69,938 inhabitants in the Emilia-Romagna, and is located 30 km from Bologna and about 60 from the Riviera. 

The city was founded by Lucio Cornelio Silla, in the 82 b.C., and soon became an important center for both commerce and agriculture; its name is probably derived from "Castrum Imolae", first used in the 7th century, and indicated a settlement on the nearby Monte Castellaccio, which then grew to give life to the city itself. 

In olden times Imola was ruled alternately by the Byzantines and Longobards, and later came under the control of the papacy with the Exarch of Ravenna; during the Middle Ages it was in war against Ravennati, Bolognesi and Faentini, and subsequently deployed on the part of the Ghibellines.

Many noble families sought to obtain the control of the city, which was delivered by the Pope to the Alidosi family, to which it remained until 1424, when it was conquered by the Visconti family; after a brief period in which the city returned under the control of the Church, it was again conquered by the Visconti family and later by the Sforza and in 1499 by Cesare Borgia.
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what to see and what to do

The best way to admire the beauty of Imola is to walk through its marvelous streets: 
  • the Rocca Sforzesca is magnificent, with the archway, the Keep with the ancient prisons, circular towers (modified due to the spread of firearms); Currently there are a collection of ceramics and weapons, more than 600 pieces, dating from the 14th to the 20th centuries. The fortress can be visited on Saturday and Sunday. 
  • Continuing to stroll through the streets of the city you can see the many noble palaces that characterize Imola, such as Palazzo Tozzoni, Palazzo Sassatelli Monsignani or the home of Benvenuto Rambaldi, who first commented the Divine Comedy. 
  • The Theatre and the Municipal Library were obtained from the former convent of San. Francesco, while in the Pinacoteca you can admire beautiful paintings belonging to various ages; very beautiful also an old 18th century pharmacy, perfectly preserved, where you can admire the frescoed vaulted ceiling and vintage vases, placed on carved wood furniture.
  • The oldest center of Imola is that formed by the Piazzetta Caduti per la Libertà, Piazza Gramsci and Piazza Matteotti, where you can admire the Palazzo Comunale and Palazzo Sersanti, with its characteristic porticoes. 
  • Deserve a visit the Duomo, dedicated to San Cassiano, which preserves the relics of San Cassiano and San Pier Crisologo; very beautiful also the crypt. In addition to the historic monuments, 
  • for motorcycle enthusiasts in Imola there is also the world-famous autodrome, where both Formula1 and Superbike run, and in summer it is often home to concerts for internationally renowned musicians. Inside there is also the monument dedicated to Ayrton Senna. 

EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS



Many events take place in a city like Imola: 
  • throughout the year, at the Teatro Comunale, you can witness a rich theatrical season; 
  • in July, there is the International Folklore Festival, this year at its 26th edition, now considered one of the most important events in the city. Artists from all over the world participate in the event to introduce their traditions and their own culture, in a unique and exciting atmosphere; 
  • always in July take place Imola Summer Festival, during which you can listen to internationally renowned musicians performing at Imola Piano Academy; 
  • always in July is organized a Beer Festival, with food and beer stands and live music; 
  • during the whole month of November there is "Baccanale", a gastronomic and cultural event that allows you to taste the flavors of the region, all accompanied by shows and cultural encounters.
  • But as a city of motors, in Imola you can also find exhibitions, events and rallies dedicated to the world of motors and vintage cars, including "Imola Mostra Scambio", in mid-September, where lovers can find cars, vintage motorcycles and spare parts; 
  • while in October there is Imola Classic, event of historical car racing in the circuit of Imola.


accomodations in IMOLA

SAN PIETRO IN CASALE BOLOGNA  hotel

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Useful Info and Contacts

Tourist Information Office of IMOLA 
Galleria del Centro Cittadino
Via Emilia, 135
Tel. +39 0542 602207
turismoimolese.cittametropolitana.bo.it

IMOLA  Town Hall 
Via Mazzini, 4
Tel.: +39 0542 602 111
www.comune.imola.bo.it


OTHER USEFUL ADDRESSES
Health Service : SANTA MARIA DELLA SCALETTA Hospital  via Montericco 4 
Tel.: +39 0542 66 2711

First Aid 
tel.  118


where - on via Emilia, towards south-east

CAR: From the A16 motorway, exit IMOLA; alternatively, the via Emilia

TRAIN:
Imola station on the Bologna-Ancona line


The Destinations:
  1. METROPOLITAN AREA of Bologna
  2. ALTO RENO TERME - Bologna
  3. ANZOLA DELL’EMILIA - Bologna
  4. ARGELATO - Bologna
  5. BARICELLA - Bologna
  6. BAZZANO - Bologna
  7. BENTIVOGLIO - Bologna
  8. BORGO TOSSIGNANO - Bologna
  9. BUDRIO - Bologna
  10. CALDERARA DI RENO - Bologna
  11. CAMUGNANO - Bologna
  12. CASALECCHIO DI RENO - Bologna
  13. CASALFIUMANESE - Bologna
  14. CASTEL D'AIANO - Bologna
  15. CASTEL DEL RIO - Bologna
  16. CASTEL DI CASIO - Bologna
  17. CASTEL GUELFO di BOLOGNA
  18. CASTEL MAGGIORE - Bologna
  19. CASTELLO D'ARGILE - Bologna
  20. CASTELLO DI SERRAVALLE - Bologna
  21. CASTEL SAN PIETRO TERME - Bologna
  22. CASTENASO - Bologna
  23. CASTIGLIONE DEI PEPOLI - Bologna
  24. CRESPELLANO - Bologna
  25. CREVALCORE - Bologna
  26. DOZZA - Bologna
  27. FONTANELICE - Bologna
  28. GAGGIO MONTANO - Bologna
  29. GALLIERA - Bologna
  30. GRANAGLIONE - Bologna
  31. GRANAROLO DELL’EMILIA - Bologna
  32. GRIZZANA MORANDI - Bologna
  33. IMOLA - Bologna
  34. LIZZANO IN BELVEDERE - Bologna
  35. LOIANO - Bologna
  36. MALALBERGO - Bologna
  37. MARZABOTTO - Bologna
  38. MEDICINA - Bologna
  39. MINERBIO - Bologna
  40. MOLINELLA - Bologna
  41. MONGHIDORO - Bologna
  42. MONTERENZIO - Bologna
  43. MONTE SAN PIETRO - Bologna
  44. MONTEVEGLIO - Bologna
  45. MONZUNO - Bologna
  46. MORDANO - Bologna
  47. OZZANO DELL' EMILIA - Bologna
  48. PIANORO - Bologna
  49. PIEVE DI CENTO - Bologna
  50. PORRETTA TERME - Bologna
  51. SALA BOLOGNESE - Bologna
  52. SAN BENEDETTO VAL DI SAMBRO - Bologna
  53. SAN GIORGIO DI PIANO - Bologna
  54. SAN GIOVANNI IN PERSICETO - Bologna
  55. SAN LAZZARO DI SAVENA - Bologna
  56. SAN PIETRO IN CASALE - Bologna
  57. SANT'AGATA BOLOGNESE - Bologna
  58. SASSO MARCONI - Bologna
  59. SAVIGNO - Bologna
  60. VERGATO- Bologna
  61. VALSAMOGGIA - Bologna
  62. VIDICIATICO - Bologna
  63. ZOLA PREDOSA - Bologna