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Private Italian Villa Dolfi-Ratta

The Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI) is the National Trust of Italy. FAI opens for public many historical place in Italy.


dolfi ratta

I visit villa Dolphi-Ratta (San Lazzaro di Savena, Bologna). In XIV century it was a deffensive castle with a hospital. Centuries were pass, the owners also passing.  Some owener’s names are Parati, Grassi, Ratta, Dolfi e De’ Bosdari. Nowadays, concerts, conferences, weddings have place in this private villa. The magnificent park protects the villa from a city noise.

Imola, the Sforza Castle


Rocca Sforzesca (Sforza Castle),rebuilt under the reign of Girolamo Riario and Caterina Sforza (1463 – 28 May 1509). Leonardo da Vinci  by order of Cesare Borgia (in 1502) made a project to strengthen the fortress. In 1504 Imola submitted to Pope Julius II and became the property of the Church. From 1524 to 1958 the Rocca became a prison.  Now it is a place of the Museum and cultural events.

Travel back


Monteveglio is the small comune ( 20km from Bologna) in the Italy.  It’s a beautiful panoramic place that joins the history, the religion and the nature. The castle was founded probably in the early 6th century and in the medieval times enjoyed moments of great importance. Matilda Canossa of Tuscany (1046 –1115) the Great Countess founded the church Santa Maria Assunta at Monteveglio.  A memorial tomb for Matilda, designed by Bernini, marks her burial place in St Peter’s Vatican and is often called the Honor and Glory of Italy.






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Centuries of life


Wandering through the Apennines I accidentally hit in this extraordinary place. The Pieve  Sant ‘ Andrea, Italy. The Castle was built in 1184. The owners were Alidosi,  Duke of Milan and many others. In 1426  the Castle came into the possession of the Church, then to the Visconti. The owners changed often and in 1503 Papa Giulio won Romagna and the Castle finally turned to the Church. In 1945, during the second world war, the castle was destroyed, the archive too. Since 1911 it is the national monument. The Church was restored and the Pearl of Appenine has become a residential centre. Place of residence has 15 people and some apartments are selling. Very nice place that time is not cut from the face of the Earth.IMG_4293









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