Bologna Wine Country Tour with Dozza Village & Lunch
Beverages - Wine Tasting
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
It's official: Dozza is one of the "100 Most Beautiful Villages in Italy." That's from no less an authority than the Italian Towns Tour Network, which was formally granted the humbling power to draw up such a list by ... well, itself. No papal decree or government commission required.
Okay, so the ITTN is just a network of Italian towns trying to compete with Italy's titans of tourism. Doesn't matter. Because Dozza will knock you out.
Venerably old (inhabited since the Bronze Age) and endearingly minuscule (nine square miles – a sixth the size of Bologna), Dozza's even smaller city center stands on an elevated plateau shaped like (depending on who's describing it) a fish, a boat, or a spindle. The castle at the bow of the boat/head of the fish/point of the spindle goes back at least eight centuries, and is so big that someone was clearly trying to make a statement.
But what dazzles about Dozza is the colors. "Beautiful" doesn't begin to paint a picture. Appropriately for its name (Latin for something having to do with water, which may explain the boat/fish situation), Dozza is a dizzying and disorderly cascade of every conceivable color, in every corner of town. Walls. Shutters. Walkways. Some are vibrant, radiant; others muted and subtle. But you're just not used to seeing ... so many. Even without the myriad murals left every two years during the town's almost-famous fresco-fest, Dozza is a visual feast that matches the culinary kind you'll also experience here.
That biennial festival was dreamed up half a century ago as a way for this tiny town, sandwiched between Bologna and Florence, to snare a few more visitors. And it worked – a little. Like Dozza itself, it'll never draw vast numbers, never be known to more than a select few. Which may be the true beauty of this most beautiful village.
Barbarians at the grape
In matters of food and wine, history is destiny. Emilia, the region just north of Bologna, was conquered by Germanic barbarians whose diet was heavy on butter and pork; the fat that leaves in the mouth is nicely cut by sparkling wine, an Emilian specialty. Romagna, the region just south, was colonized by ancient Romans, whose beloved olive oil left a different oral sensation – one balanced nicely by dry and sweet varieties of local Albana wine.
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