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Towns, castles and strongholds of the Imola District

Updated on 30 April 2020 From IF ImolaFaenza

The territory of Imola teems with castles and fortresses. From Imola to Dozza, as far as the village of Castel del Rio, this route will take you on a journey back in time through a past preserved among the bricks and rocks of these majestic historic buildings.

It all starts at the Rocca Sforzesca in Imola, one of the city symbols, from whose wall walkways you can enjoy a splendid view of the town centre and the surrounding hills.

Then on to Dozza, a medieval village listed among the "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy". Known for the Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art of the Muro Dipinto, this jolly hamlet, enclosed by ancient walls, still preserves its medieval layout , dominated by the imposing Rocca, a splendid fortress from the 14th century now used as a house museum. Don't miss a visit to its basement, seat of the renowned Regional Wine Shop with over a thousand refined wine labels.  

The route ends in Castel del Rio with the famous Ponte Alidosi, a stunning example of  Renaissance humpback bridge having played a key role in facilitating trade within the Santerno Valley for centuries. Finally, in Castel del Rio, it is worth visiting Palazzo Alidosi, an excellent example of 16th-century military architecture, now seat of the municipal offices as well as the War and Gothic Line Museum and the Chestnut Museum.

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