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The medieval village of Dozza, known for the majestic Rocca Sforzesca, is considered unique in its kind since there are numerous paintings that embellish the facades of the houses, giving the village a characteristic appearance. The Biennial of the Painted Wall is in fact a major event.
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Dozza  | Daniele Ferretti/flickr
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Bert Weyenberg/flickr
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Paolo Luigi Spaggiari/flickr
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Massimo Battesini/flickr
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A look at Dozza
A look at Dozza

About the village

Located south of Bologna and only 6 km from Imola, the quaint medieval village of Dozza offers a unique experience for lovers of art, history and gastronomy. Thanks to its panoramic hilltop location overlooking the Sellustra River valley, Dozza is the perfect destination for a visit to the Emilia Romagna region.

Art under the open sky: urban landscape and contemporary works of art

The streets, houses, and squares of Dozza are embellished with numerous works of art that transform the village into a fascinating open-air museum. Contemporary art blends with the urban landscape, creating a unique and fascinating atmosphere. The Rocca Sforzesca houses frescoes and sketches of the mural works exhibited in the Painted Wall Study and Documentation Center.

The historic center preserves its original medieval building fabric intact, with the mighty Rocca Sforzesca dominating the landscape. Over the centuries, the Rocca was transformed from a military building to a noble palace and later passed to the Malvezzi-Campeggi family, who resided there until 1960. Don't miss the apartments on the main floor, the prisons, torture chambers, and tower walkways.

Among the hidden treasures of the historic center, there are numerous attractions in Dozza, including the Provost Church of S. Maria Assunta in Piscina, the Rivellino and the Rocchetta of 14th-century origins.

The Enoteca Regionale dell'Emilia-Romagna and the Wine Trail

An unmissable experience is a visit to the Enoteca Regionale dell'Emilia Romagna, located in the basement of the Rocca Sforzesca. This place offers a wide selection of more than 800 local wine labels, food pairings and tastings led by professional sommeliers. The Enoteca is also the first stop on Dozza's Wine Trail, a 6-kilometer walking route that connects some of the best local wineries.

Dozza's culinary tradition

Dozza offers a rich culinary tradition based on handmade pasta, grilled meats, and piadina. Local wines include Sangiovese DOC and Albana DOCG. The village is crossed by the Strada dei Vini e Sapori Colli d'Imola, which offers a unique taste experience.

Village of Dozza
Municipality of Dozza

Metropolitan City of Bologna
Emilia-Romagna Region

Population: 6.629 dozzesi
Altitude centre: 190 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Città del vino

Bandiera Arancione - Touring Club Italiano

Via XX Settembre 37 - Tel. +39 0542 678116


  • From Milan: Take the A1 highway and follow for Bologna. Continue on the A14 highway and exit at Castel San Pietro Terme. Continue on the SP 19 towards Castel San Pietro and take the SS 9 Via Emilia to the junction for Dozza.
  • From Florence: Take the A1 motorway towards Bologna, near Casalecchio di Reno continue on the A14 motorway towards Bologna Fiera and exit at Castel San Pietro Terme. Continue on the SP 19 towards Castel San Pietro and take the SS 9 Via Emilia to the junction for Dozza.
  • From Ancona: Take the A14 motorway towards Bologna and exit at Castel San Pietro Terme. Follow towards Castel San Pietro Terme and continue on the SS 9 Via Emilia until the junction for Dozza.
  • From Bologna: Take the SS 9 towards Imola and pass Castel S. Pietro Terme, continue towards Dozza.


  • Bologna station


  • Bologna airport
  • Forlì airport

  • Epiphany - The Magi's track towards Bethlehem's Cave. Costume show in the streets of the village. 
  • Tuesday after Pentecost - Feast of the Blessed Virgin of Calanco .
  • Spring - Wine Feast. Enogastronomic event dedicated to Albana, a white wine typical of the territory of Dozza.
  • September - Painted Wall Biennale.

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