“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.” ~ Il Portale della Regione Emilia-Romagna
Get that? Of all the little villages in Italy, among them is one you’ve very likely never heard of. We stumbled upon it by accident. It has a fine castle, the Rocca di Dozza.
What’s inside? Well, it’s one of the best castle visits we’ve taken. There’s a medieval kitchen, for example.
Inside is also the sprawling Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna, a wine bar and sales point for 260 wine producers in Emilia-Romagna. There are also murals. In fact, every two years there is a competition. Artists come to the city to paint new murals. All of this rolled up in a town of 6500 inhabitants.
So why don’t people know about this beautiful place, a mere 25 kilometers from Bologna? Beats me. But now you do.
Map Showing the Location of Dozza
Unique: Regional Enoteca in 13th century castle, murals
Not to Miss: Biennale d’Arte Contemporanea “Muro Dipinto” (Biennial Exhibition of the Painted Wall): third week of September.
Region: Emilia Romagna: Map and Travel Guide
Museum Website (In Italian): Museo della Rocca di Dozza. The museum is closed on Monday.
: No train station. Bus line 147 from Imola or Toscanella get you there.
Parking: Free on road leading up to village
Recommended Lodging: Monte de Re, a renovated 13th-century monastery just outside of town
Dozza Vacation Rentals from VRBO
Local Wines: Sangiovese DOC (red) and Albana DOCG (white)