Dozza: the perfect day out from Bologna

According to recent international reviews, Dozza, a charming medieval borough on gentle hills (200 mt on the sea level), right in the heart of the Northern Italy, is not just “one of the 10 best attractions in Emilia-Romagna Region” (The Guardian, UK, Oct. 2017), but definitely within a very restricted selection of “the three most unforgettable small towns in Italy” (Forbes, US, Jan, 5, 2019).

Pointed out as “the perfect daily tour without the crowds”, Dozza has a geographically strategic position on the map, less than 15 miles from Bologna, the “capital” of food and motors, and around 30 miles from Ravenna and the East Coast of Italy on the North Adriatic Sea. Already populated during the roman age, the present medieval village shows a characteristic elongated shape with just two streets and ancient low archways porticoes.


What makes Dozza so special?

Surrounded by a luxuriant nature with woods, olive groves and vineyards, it enjoys a special microclimate that allows the production, in the same small area, of excellent wines, top quality olive oil and products derived from bees with special healing and therapeutic properties, like honey and Royal Jelly. The extraordinary quality of its environment is confirmed by the average long-lasting life of the residents.

The village is dominated by the Sforza fortress, a perfectly preserved medieval castle that houses a small art gallery that is worth visiting.  However, you will find the real museum on the streets of Dozza. Yes, because art is hidden under windows, in corners, in farmyards, in front of the shops' facades.

Over a hundred works have been created over the years by great names of contemporary art. The fortress contains sketches of the works on the wall. It is the Biennale del Muro Dipinto to have given this city a wonderful open-air gallery.

The Biennale del Muro Dipinto (fondazionedozza.it) street art event that was born in the sixties and has produced wonderful murals that tell the story and traditions of this small medieval village.
 

Where to stay 

051 Room & Breakfast is a sweet 9-room B&B in the centre of Bologna overlooking the medieval towers and 1km stroll from the rail station.


Murales of Dozza

Murales of Dozza

Murales of Dozza

Murales of Dozza

Murales of the town of Dozza

Murales of the town of Dozza

the medieval town of Dozza