Dozza a 12th-century medieval village located 45 min. outside of Bologna is considered one of the "most beautiful villages in Italy". It is best known for its art-filled walls by the locals, and surprisingly, has been totally off the radar for most travelers. While small in size Dozza makes up for it in charm and character with its narrow streets and art-filled walls. It truly feels like a hidden gem taken from the pages of a fairytale.
Dozza's art festivals takes place every two years in September. During this festival, famous national and international artists paint permanent works on the walls of the houses.
While in Dozza, you will not be able to miss the beautiful and majestic Rocca Sforzesca, a beautiful medieval fortress dating back to the second half of the 13th century. It is located in the historical city centre and is one of the symbolic buildings of the city.
Oenophiles (connoisseurs of wine) should take note of Dozza, as well. What was once the fortress dungeon of Rocca Sforzesca now houses the Regional Winery. Its shelves take you on an imaginary journey through the vineyards of Emilia Romagna with more than 1,000 labels on display.
An Italian gem worthy of a visit.
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Lene H. Minyard