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Official Tourist Information Site of Imola's Area

War Museum and Chestnut Tree Museum


Both museums are situated in the rooms of Alidosi Palace, built in 1542 and designed by Francesco da Sangallo.

The building has been completely renovated and today is the seat of the Municipality of Castel del Rio.

It is possible to visit the Renaissance Courtyard of the Three Fountains located in the southern wing.
The War Museum was established in 1978 by a voluntary association based in Castel del Rio which started collecting war material found in the Santerno Valley. The collection has grown over the years thanks to the pieces donated by the Municipality, the Regional Institute for Artistic, Cultural and Natural Heritage and private citizens.

The Museum houses 1,600 pieces including weapons, uniforms, badges, documents and photographs.

It features Italian but also German, Allied and Russian material. Worth a special mention are the Texas T6 plane (placed in the palace's gardens), a Brixia mortar and an American 75 canon.
The museum is divided into three sections: the First World War, the Second World War in the Santerno Valley and the Resistance (some locals were deported in German concentration camps).


Address: Piazza della Repubblica, 96 - 40022 Castel del Rio (BO)

Opening hours: on weekdays, open only on reservation
Holidays timetable: closed on Christmas and Easter 
Entry tickets: € 2,50

Free entry: children under 10 years

How to get there

How to get to Castel del Rio


Both museums are located in Palazzo Alidosi, at the northern entrance of the town on the right. A public unsupervised parking lot and a bus stop (no. 141) are available in Piazza della Repubblica.

Learn more

A bookshop and a war library containing around 150 volumes are available.
Groups and schools can take part into guided visits to the collection and excursions to the battlefields in the Santerno Valley. 
Two rooms of Palazzo Alidosi house the Chestnut Tree Museum featuring tools, photographs and ancient volumes.

Info on the tourist location

Tel.: +39 0542 95554
Fax: +39 0542 95554


For reservations on weekdays and further information: +39 0542 95906 (Municipality of Castel del Rio)


Last update: 19-09-2012