Dozza

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Rightfully regarded as one of the most picturesque medieval hamlets in the Tusco-Emilian Apennines, the town of Dozza nestles comfortably in the hills, just north-west of Imola. Its beautifully preserved buildings and splendid backdrop of rolling hills and vineyards, crowned by a majestic Sforza castle, all combine to make the town well worth a visit, especially as the official Enoteca Regionale dell’Emilia-Romagna is housed in the cellars of the fortress. Founded in 1970 and granted official status by the regional authorities 8 years later, this wine association brings together over 200 producers of fine wines, spirits and balsamic  vinegar. The activities of the Enoteca basically aim in two directions: – to offer a firsthand experience of wines in a store-cum-museum opened in 2006 in the Sforza castle vaults (where over  1000 different regional wines are on display) and to popularise wine generally; – to promote local wines in Italy and abroad  by providing coordination, support and attendance at trade fairs, such as Vinitaly. Dozza also stands out for the numerous murals  that  decorate the facades of the houses and enhance the village’s unique character. Since 1989 Dozza has organised a special Mural Biennial Festival that has become the village’s main event. Every two years, acclaimed national and international artists come here to paint permanent works on the walls of this small town, thereby helping to create its distinctive, artistic character. Dozza is just 3 Km from the Via Emilia between Bologna and Imola (25 km from Bologna and 6 km from Imola). Dozza can be easily reached from Lodole Country House by taking the A1 (Firenze – Bologna) motorway at Sasso Marconi, changing to the A14 (Bologna – Ancona) motorway, exiting at Castel San Pietro Terme and then continuing along the Via Emilia until the Dozza turn off.

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