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Official Tourist Information Site of Imola's Area


Map of Imola - painted by Leonardo Da Vinci
Map of Imola - painted by Leonardo Da Vinci

Originally, Imola was an ancient Roman colony called Forum Cornelii, built on an area that was already populated in the prehistoric age.


The city plan still retains the typical pattern of a Roman town with the intersection of the decumanus (via Emilia) and the cardus (via Appia - via Mazzini) where the ancient forum once rose. Between 1300 and 1400 Imola was ruled by three different powerful families: the Alidosi, the Manfredi and the Visconti.


In 1473 the town went under the rule of Caterina Sforza, young bride of Girolamo Riario: what followed was the flourishing of the Renaissance period. From 1504 until the Unification of Italy (1861), excluding the brief Napoleonic era, Imola was part of the Papal State: the considerable embellishment works of the 18th century gave a new look to the town.


In the following years, Imola developed with success the cooperative system that became one of the leading features of the social and economical aspect of the town. During the Second World War, Imola - which was severely damaged especially in the years 1944-1945 because of the proximity to the front - actively took part in the struggle for liberation and was subsequently awarded the gold medal for military valour.


During the 1950's, the town began to expand rapidly through the building of large new suburbs and industrial estates and gradually its economy shifted from a predominantly agricultural vocation to the today's industrial and service sectors.

More information
Distance from Bologna:
Km. 35
47 m a.s.l.
69.281 (updated 31.03.2011)
Market day:
tuesday, thursday, saturday
Patron Saint:
San Cassiano (13th august)
Linaro, Fabbrica, Ponticelli, Giardino, Casola Canina, Sasso Morelli, Sesto Imolese, Chiusura, San Prospero, Zello, La Selva, Piratello, Montecatone
How to get there

By car

  • Roads:
    from Bologna: take the SS 9 (Via Emilia) towards Imola

  • Motorways:
    from Bologna: take A14 Motorway, in direction Ancona exit at Imola  
    from Rimini/Ravenna: take the A14 motorway towards Bologna and exit at Imola  
    from Florence: take the A1 motorway, near Bologna, take the A14 motorway towards Ancona and exit at Imola

By bus

From the Bologna Bus Station, TPER Public Transport Company (for information on timetables and fares visit

  • Bus line 101: Bologna - Castel San Pietro Terme - Dozza - Imola - Show timetables and stops in PDF
  • Bus line 44:  Imola - Borgo Tossignano - Casalfiumanese - Fontanelice - Castel del Rio
  • Bus line 140: Imola - Montecatone - Montebello
  • Bus line 150: Imola - San Prospero
  • Bus line 99: Bologna - Castenaso - Budrio - Medicina - Imola - Massalombarda - Sant'Agata sul Santerno - Lugo
  • Bus line 136: Imola - Z.I. Quaderna - Castel San Pietro Terme - Ozzano Emilia - Dozza
  • Bus line 141: Imola - Castel del Rio - Borgo Tossignano - Casalfiumanese - Castel del Rio (solo giorni di scuola)
  • Bus line 142: Imola - Fontanelice - Piancaldoli - Borgo Tossignano - Casalfiumanese - Castel del Rio (solo giorni di scuola)
  • Bus line 144: Imola - Casalfiumanese (solo giorni di scuola)
  • Bus line 147: Dozza - Toscanella - Imola (su prenotazione) - Show timetables and stops in PDF
  • Bus line 151: Imola - Mordano - Bagnara di Romagna - Massalombarda - Lugo - Sant'Agata sul Santerno
  • Bus line 153: Imola - Sesto Imolese - Conselice
  • Bus line 157: Medicina - Castel Guelfo - Imola - Show timetables and stops in PDF
  • Bus line 160: Imola - Zello Chiesa
  • Bus line 247: Alberino - Medicina - Castel San Pietro Terme - Imola - Castel Guelfo - Dozza - Molinella
  • Bus line 256: Medicina - Conselice - Longastrino - Argenta - Imola - Lugo - Massalombarda
  • Bus line 257: Bologna - Castenaso - Budrio - Sant'Antonio - Argenta - Imola - Medicina - Molinella

By train

From Bologna Central Station (for information on timetables and fares visit

  • Line Bologna-Ancona-Rimini: Imola stop.

By plane

  • Airport G. Marconi of Bologna (distance km. 48)
    The Aerobus BLQ connects every 15-30 minutes the airport to the city centre and to the Train Central Station.
  • Airport L. Ridolfi of Forlì (distance km. 42)
    Aerobus connects the airport to the city centre and to the Train Central Station.
  • Airport F. Fellini of Rimini (distance km. 87)
    Bus line 9 connects every 30 minutes the airport to the city centre and to the Train Central Station.
Recurring events

Carnevale dei Fantaveicoli - parade through the center of the ecologic vehicles created with imagination (Carnival Sunday)

Lom a Merz - traditional bonfire with distribution of specialties (second or third Saturday in March)

Naturalmente Imola - Natural Fair in the historic Parco delle Acque Minerali Park (one weekend in early May)

Festival Internazionale del Folclore - parade through the city center of international Folk dancers groups (the last weekend of July)

Fiera di San Cassiano - religious festival in honor of town patron of Imola (August 13)

Sfujareia - stripping the cobs and distribution of food specialties (second Saturday in September)

Mostra scambio CRAME - exchance and exhibition of old car and motorcycles (third weekend of September)

Baccanale - food and wine festival (two weeks / three weekends of November)

Ritrovarsi a Natale - exhibitions, events, occasions for party time (mid-December to mid-January)  

New Year's Eve - a spectacular fireworks display in the prestigious setting of the Sforza Castle (December 31)


IAT - Tourist Information Office Municipality of Imola

Galleria Centro Cittadino

via Emilia 135 - 40026 Imola (BO)

Tel: +39 0542 602207; Fax: +39 0542 602141


Opening times: Monday to Friday 8.30am-1.00pm; Tuesday also 3.00pm-6.00pm;

Saturday 8.30am-12.30am
Late night openings on Sundays and holidays during major events in the city.


Last update: 03-10-2012