Imola is a town with an ancient history, strategically located at the crossroads between Emilia and Romagna, at the point where the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines blend into the Po Valley
Imola is a town with an ancient history, strategically located at the crossroads between Emilia and Romagna, at the point where the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines blend into the Po Valley. It is located about 30 km from Bologna and 60 km from the beaches of the Romagna Riviera.
This area contains numerous examples of architectural and cultural heritage and others connected to history and the passion for sport. Probably the best-known attraction in Imola is the“Enzo e Dino Ferrari” race track”, a state-of-the-art facility and theatre of historic challenges and races for both F1 and international motorcycling. In addition to motor racing, the Autodrome also regularly hosts cycling, musical and cultural events as well as meetings and conferences.
In the town centre, you can admire numerous fascinating examples of historical infrastructure. Palazzo Tozzoni gives the visitor the sensation of entering a “time machine”; its architecture, paintings, furnishings and decorations allow you to immerse yourself in the life of an aristocratic family surrounded by beauty. Returning towards the city walls, you can admire the Rocca Sforzesca, one of the symbols of Imola and one of the most important examples of thirteenth century military architecture. What was once the convent of San Francesco is now home to the Municipal Library, which features a scenic staircase and an elegant Franciscan library. The heart of the historic centre of Imola is the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), which was first built in the 13th century, even if its current appearance indicates 18th century features. The façade of this building features an undulating balcony, the image of the Madonna and Child and the patron saints of the city. Another place not to be missed is the Diocesan Gallery Sacred Art, which houses as many as two hundred works dating back to between the 9th and 21st centuries. Another treasure chest full of wonder is the Secret Garden of Palazzo Vescovile, a small green heart in the middle of the city.
Moving away from the historic centre is the very famous “Enzo e Dino Ferrari” racetrack, a state-of-the-art facility that serves as a meeting point for international motorcycling and Formula 1. The racetrack also regularly hosts cycling, musical and cultural events, meetings and conferences.
The surrounding area offers uncontaminated countryside where you can spend relaxing days in beautiful parks. The Mineral Water Park, surrounded by the racetrack, is famous for its recreational and sports functions and for its botanical importance. Its name is due to the discovery of sulphurous and ferruginous water springs that made this area the perfect destination for many visitors. The Bosco della Frattona on the hillside around Imola, is part of the system of protected areas in the Emilia-Romagna Region. Nearby is the enchanting Tozzoni Park, characterised by wooded areas, large grassy clearings and tree-lined spots rich in evergreen and ornamental species. It is a perfect park to visit even in the summer as it is characteristically cool and has a refreshment kiosk.