An Afternoon Wandering Through Dozza

Located some 20 km away from Bologna, Dozza is known as one of Italy’s prettiest villages. When I talked to my hosts for BlogVille about my interest in street art they suggested a visit to Dozza. This charming little town holds an event every two years where artists come to paint murals on the walls of houses in the historic centre.

Getting to Dozza seemed simple enough, I took a quick glance at the map and figured I just had to take the 101 bus from Bologna and get off at Toscanella, so off I went. However, not all the 101 buses pass through Toscanella. I quickly learned that some have their last stop at Castel San Pietro. Fortunately for me, someone realized that I was totally lost and explained that I had to take the next 101 bus with a sign to Imola. Those are the ones that go through Toscanella.

Murals in Dozza's historic center, ItalyOnce I got off the bus, I walked about 3 km up a mild hill to get to the charms of Dozza; housed within the walls of an imposing fortress. It was early on a Wednesday afternoon and the streets were empty, except for a few locals and just a handful of tourists. Almost all the bars and shops were closed, giving the place a very serene atmosphere.

The Biennale di Muro Dipinto is held in Dozza every two years in September. The next one will take place in 2013. The event has run since 1960 and it brings artists from Italy and abroad to paint beautiful murals on the walls of the historic centre; transforming the town into a big open-air gallery. It actually started as an effort to put this tiny village “on the map” and attract tourism. It was a bit like the case of Chemainus on Vancouver Island, on Canada’s west coast.

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Natura Morta by Bec Daniel in Dozza, near Bologna (Italy)To this day, it’s possible to admire some of the earliest works that date from the 1960s onwards. They actually restore the murals every few years to help in their conservation. Since the start of this event, Dozza has evolved into the capital of modern frescoes. Additionally, since the last couple of editions and thanks to curator Fabiola Naldi, the Muro Dipinto has also invited artists from the graffiti domain to take part in it; adding to the already interesting mix of styles present in Dozza.

Murals in Dozza, near Bologna (Italy)If you’re headed to Bologna, you should definitely consider paying this charming little town a visit. For more information about the Biennale del Muro Dipinto, you can visit their website (in Italian only). Also, for more photos & murals check out my photo gallery here!

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Bianca Bauza

Bianca Bauza is a world citizen who spent almost four years traveling around South America and Europe. Her passions include photography, street art, outdoor sports, and cooking exotic dishes. She's now based in the Netherlands where she lives with her partner and young daughter. She still enjoys traveling, on her own or with her family, and is always looking for an opportunity to see new places.

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  • Beautiful pictures! I used to visit the village of Dozza every few months years ago. I loved it. I am glad it is still a tradition that is going strong.

    • Thanks, Thomas! It was a lovely walk & I’d like to visit again sometime; but if I do go again I’d like to try getting there by bicycle. It looks like a great place to ride :)

  • Completamente surealista… nice pics!!!!

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