Somewhere on the Italian hills, not too far Bologna (yes the city of Lasagna and Ragu Bolognese and the world’s oldest University), there is a medieval town of Dozza! Looking from far, it is like many other small medieval towns in Italy (borghi medievali); easily recognizable by tiny streets laid in pebble-stones, enclosed by a wall of houses decorated with flowers on the windows and grandmas sitting by the entrance doors ❣
However, as you enter Dozza and you walk on the streets, that remind of a stone-labyrinth under a blue sky, you realize that this one is different! 💫 Yes, there are small pebble roads and these do lead uphill to a Castle, (all medieval towns lead up to a Castle, yes, a proper castle, once inhabited by Italian nobles, protected by the stone walls, as a Fortes)! In the town of Dozza the houses on these roads are all painted by contemporary artists and here you understand that this place is not your usual medieval town❣
This place is really something else; it is like walking through an art gallery, where the paintings were done right on the houses ❣
So here are some of my favorites❣ Like ‘The Angel of Dozza’ 💜 or what I call ‘Picasso of Dozza 💙 (sorry, but I just had get in the action myself)..
If you prefer more of a classical take on art; there is some Still Life paintings (yes, I am opening the painted drawers)❣ Some figurative art (yes, those are #theater actors, just like me)❣Or even Venitian cityscape (btw, I hope you did not miss my Venice Carnival Post)❣
Yes, practically every house in this city is a giant canvas of art to display❣ As you can see most of these works are by contemporary artists and have been painted in 1980’s-1990’s, so fairly recently!
And do not forget to make your own stamp at the entrance of Dozza, just stand by the first painted house❣💮 One last thing, you are probably wondering if there is a Castle on top the town?! Of course, there is a Castle and it is actually a wine-seller, now❣🍇🍷 Yes, but that is a whole new post❣