That day we was about to move from Florence to Venice, but was stopped by Dozza – the tiny Romagna castle and town near Bologne.
As a matter of fact my navigator (and wife) – the fan of Schumacher and Ferrari – was dreaming to see Imola on our way, but we’ve landed a little earlier, didn’t make it to the Mecca of Italian motor racing about 30 kilometers.
Dozza has the peak of the growth in XV century because of strategical advances of its disposition on the Romagna ways and wise management by Katerina Sforza.
Sforza made the small town on the hill a power fortress and used it as a military instrument.
What a views around…
The history of Italy has numerous of intrigues and the lands around Dozza was very interesting for neighbors. In 1499 Cesare Borgia has occupied all territories of Sforza.
By modern standards Dozza is microscopic. There are two small streets are going apart after the fortress gate, or this is one, but long and curved?
Choise any one and you will reach the small red brick castle. Very original architecture distinguished from all we have seen in Florence.
Everything here was built in X-XVI centuries and after this period the time has stopped. But it is sort of difficult to mistake Dozza for any neighbors towns, because always all the walls here were given to artists and now have painted. Very nice. May be you will like not all, but at least it is unusually.
New paintings show up here every second year in September. There are near 90 frescoes on the walls of Dozza today.
Now a big wine cellar is located in the former castle’s dungeons – two halls with red and white wines. This allowed to calm the wine gourmand after the loss of sport calendar from Imola! Ferrari has had a serious competitor – the Italian wine industry. 🙂 The Navigator was tasting, the pilot was trying to help her a little.
There is the special testing machine. You buy the card – as minimum as for 5€ – insert it to the machine, choose the wine bottle, held out the glass, push the button and get 1/3 of the glass. Every sample costs from 0.6 to 1.5 €, so even with the minimal card you can get drunk. We’ve tasted 4-5 samples and can’t leave Dozza without some bottles of Emilia-Romagna wines.
After this trip we have read in Internet, that last three centuries Dozza is renowned for the wonderful wines, and Rocca Sforzesca castle has not simple testing center, but the museum of wine of region – Enoteca Regionale.
The local white wines Albana where the first in Italy obtained category DOCG. People are proud of their vineyards and their history – the Venetian doges ordered the wines here.
Today the castle of Dozza is the place for weddings. We watched one. All weddings are similar – bride is princess, smiles, happiness… 🙂
With this mood we have continued our way to Venice.