A day trip to Imola
A day trip to Imola Reviews
Imola Jul 03, 2007
Imola is sleepy town 35km from the city of Bologna. It's situated right in the heart of the the Emilia-Romagna region.
The town centre is quite compact and best seen by foot. Starting from the Rocca Sforzesca, you can admire one of the best examples of military architecture of the region. The fortress today is the Renaissance version that Riaro Sforza renovated during his reign. Inside there are the collections of medieval ceramics, armour suits and weapons from the 15th to the 20th centuries. The Rocca is open to the public on Sat & Sun only.
Following Via Orsini to the corner of Via Quarto you should stop to admire the attractive gothic portal of the Chiesa di S. Domenico and continue straight through the gardens and on the left you will admire the Convents of San Nicolò and San Domenico which host the Pinacoteca Comunale (Municiple Art Gallery). The collection of the Pinacoteca has paintings from artists such as Innocenzo da Imola, Lavinia Fontana, Della Volpe and Margotti. (Not worth seeing unless you are a big art fan).
On Via Garibaldi you can find the town cathedral - 'Il duomo di San Cassiano'. Following Via Bixio from the cathedral you find yourself looking at whats left of the town gates - 'Porta Montanara'.
I'd also recommend a walk up to the 'Enzo & Dino Ferrari' racetrack. There are signs all over the city on how to get there and its about 10 minutes walk from the town centre. In the centre of the cicuit there's a park which has a monument in memory of GP driver Aryton Senna who died here in 1994 during the qualifiers for the San Marino GP.
*NOTE* Imola can easily be seen in a day, so I wouldn't recommend focusing your holiday here
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