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Dozza - Il Borgo Medievale
Dozza - Il Borgo Medievale

The historic center of Dozza, with the characteristic spindle shape, is situated on the crest of a hill overlooking the Sellustra valley and it gently slopes towards the Via Emilia.  


The original medieval buildings have been preserved to maintain the harmony between the imposing fortress, at the apex of the country, the underlying residential area developped along the ancient walls, and the surrounding nature.


Even today the village is crossed by two parallel streets that end at the front door of the castle's square. The village is accessible from the arched gate built in 1614, opened in Rivellino, 14th-16th century defense work and drawbridge, now partially buried. The art becomes the urban landscape and decorates the walls of houses, streets and squares, giving light to all corners and sudden opening suggestions. Dozza is this, too.


To be precise, we're talking about the Biennal of "Painted Wall", a unique event of painting on the walls of the houses, held in septembrer, where artists paint "live" before the public.  


The first edition was organized by the Pro Loco in 1960, from a brainchild of Thomas Seragnoli and thanks to the cooperation of other people like Fernando Baroncini, Ennio Sangiorgi, Gardi Gino, Gino and Mario Guermandi Nereidi. Since then the event has become increasingly qualified biennial of modern art, ennobled by the participation of important masters of painting, including Matta, Saetti, Sassu, Licata, Purificato, Brindisi, Sughi, Schweizer, Zancanaro, Frasnedi, Gagliardi, Mascellani e Zigaine.  


The "Painted Wall" soon left the formula for the extemporary show and was one of the first Italian festivals to abolish awards and rankings pointing to the primacy of the artist instead of the hegemonic temptations of criticism. Over than 200 artists have taken part to the 18 editions of the show, transforming the medieval town into a veritable outdoor museum, with over 90 paintings to adorn the façades of houses.


From several years there are also sessions of restoration works to ensure the best preservation. A special edition of "Painted Wall" was held in 2000 as part of "Bologna, European Capital of Culture". Some "tears" of the frescoes are preserved in the Pinacoteca, set up inside the fortress.

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Distanza da Bologna:
Km. 30 (Imola Km. 8)
190 m a.s.l.
6.516 (updated 31 Dec 2010)
Giorno di mercato:
Madonna del Calanco (Dozza), S. Maria del Carmine (Toscanella)
How to get there

By car

  • Roads:
    from Bologna: take S.S.9 (Via Emilia) up to Toscanella di Dozza then turn right into Via Calanco and follow road signs for Dozza
    from Imola: take S.S.9 (Via Emilia) up to Toscanella di Dozza then turn left into Via Calanco and follow road signs for Dozza

  • 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, ATC Public Transport Company (for information on timetables and fares visit


By train

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

  • Linea Bologna-Ancona-Rimini: Castel San Pietro Terme 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

Dozza Jazz and EnoDozzaJazz: jazz and wine festivals, April

Il vino è in festa: wine festival, May

Memorial Luciano Pezzi: middle distance race for tourist cyclists, June

Festa delle "Arzdore": hand made pasta festival, end of August, beginning of September

Biennale del Muro Dipinto: Painted Wall Biennal festival, September 2013


Fondazione Dozza Città d'Arte
Piazzale della Rocca, 6/a – 40050 Dozza (BO)
Tel.: +39 0542 678240


Comune di Dozza
Via XX Settembre, 37 – 40050 Dozza (BO)

Tel.: +39 0542 678116 - 678351; Fax: +39 0542 678270 -


URP - Ufficio Relazioni con il Pubblico del Comune di Dozza
Piazza Libertà, 3 - Località Toscanella, 40060 Dozza (BO)
Tel.: +39 0542 672408; Fax: +39 0542 672293

Last update: 03-10-2012