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“Instructive and enjoyable” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museo della Rocca di Dozza

Museo della Rocca di Dozza
Piazzale della Rocca, 6, 40060 Dozza, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Dozza
Type: Museums
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Owner description: The Rocca di Dozza is a Middle Ages Fortress, with original towers, prisons and justice room. This Fortess has ben the noble residence of an ancient family, Malvezzi Campeggi, who left here a collection of portraits, objects and the antique furniture (XVII-XIX centuries). Now this Fortress is a Museum, in which you can see all these things and more, as the XIX century kitchen, perfectly preserved, and the courtyard. Moreover the Museum houses temporary exhibitions and the "Painted Walls" documentary centre.
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“Instructive and enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I liked the visit to the museum because there are some texts in English that explain how each part of the castle was used, and as it is quite small and almost empty (I don't know how empty will be it in Summer, though) I had all the time of the world to think and imagine the places in their former days.
It is worth visiting the Enoteca, which is located at the same place.
Take time to walk in the city. The painted walls are really beautiful.

Visited November 2013
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“Visit to the Museu della Rocca”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Very interesting and full of real character. The wine museum in the fortress is also well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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“An amazing outdoor art gallery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

In the centre of Italy, the village of Dozza sits on a small hill crowned with a 500-year-old castle. As yet undiscovered by tourist hordes, it is, in its entirety, an amazing outdoor art gallery. Almost every external wall has a painting on it. As a visitor you can walk the cobblestones of Dozza in tranquillity, pausing every few metres to admire some striking work of art, in an alcove or between windows or straddling the entrance to a shop.

Dozza is an easy half-hour drive down the Via Emilia from Bologna, a mediaeval city that claims to being the culinary heart of Italy. In the rolling green farmland, Dozza appears on the right as the last village before Imola, well known for it's racetrack. Whilst visiting Dozza I got to know a bit of history about how the art phenomenon in Dozza came about. It dates back to 1960, when the Biennale del Muro Dipinto (muro dipinto means painted wall) was first held. Since then, every other September, artists (more than 200 have applied so far for this year’s festival) come to the village by invitation to produce their works as frescoes directly on the building walls. The main street, as in many Italian towns, is called Via XX Settembre to celebrate the 1870 capture of Rome – which completed unification of the country. The artists are free to choose their own subject, but must submit designs for approval. I undersatnd during the festival it is possible to watch them on scaffolding at work with brushes and spray cans.

The castle in Dozza is a splendid 16th-century fortress that dominates the town without overshadowing it. With its two chubby pepperpot towers, drawbridge and grassed moat, it is a beautiful little place to spend an afternoon. The castle has a museum with an armoury, a dungeon (complete with instruments of torture) and lordly rooms furnished with tapestries – plus the Enoteca Regionale where Trebbiano, Sangiovese and Albano wines of the Emilia-Romagna region are displayed and can, on occasion, be sampled.

The only cars allowed in Dozza are those of the residents – although they have to be small vehicles. It has one narrow street up to the top of the town, and a parallel one returning. Entering on foot through an impressive stone archway, the traveller immediately comes to a piazza with a deep-red brick, frescoed post office and a wishing well. Ahead, up the slope, is another archway, another tiny square and a vista of murals between shutters and doorways, with the occasional parked Lambretta and a citizen or two. The art in Dozza’s laneways is of uneven quality, only some of it excellent. Despite the mediaeval walls, up-to-the-minute street art does not seem out of place. The village is a harlequin sprite in the richly historical place between Florence and Venice.

Visited June 2013
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“Some interesting history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Well worth a visit at only 5 euros. There isn't much in the way of furniture, but is still plenty to see. Descriptions in each section are in English and Italian. Great views from the towers and some beautiful artwork. In particular, I found the use as a dungeon interesting as there can be found original prisoner-graffiti on some of the walls. I also went with a host family I am staying with in Italy, all of us (aged between 6 and late-40s) found it very interesting and enjoyable.

Visited July 2013
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“Little Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Beautiful castle architecture and some surprises, although sadly all the original furniture has been taken out and replaced with pretty depressing junk. There are several wonderful features in and around the castle: a prison with original prisoners' graffiti, a beautiful basement with vaulted ceilings that houses the regional wine producers' cellar stocking both wine and balsamic vinegar from nearby towns, and the town itself which has hosted artists from Italy and around Europe to create outdoor naive style mural paintings on the private homes. I have been here many times and have brought foreign guests who seem to enjoy its charm and quaintness. Worth a visit.

Visited October 2012
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