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Rocca Sforzesca

Overview

The Rocca Sforzesca, restored in the 1960s and opened as a museum in 1975, offers visitors an itinerary through rooms, walkways and towers. Within these spaces it is possible to admire two very valuable collections, one of weapons and one of ceramics, both of which are in the process of being studied, catalogued and restored. The former includes around six hundred pieces dating from the 13th to the 19th century, although only a small number are related to the history of the building. The ceramics, on the other hand, were recovered during restoration work in the 1960s and are a significant testimony to life inside the fortress. The list of weapons present consists mainly of bladed weapons, but armour and firearms, such as Renaissance gunpowder artillery, are also present. With the exception of a few items found on site, in the pit (two helmets and a bombard), most of the items are not strictly related to the history of the fortress, but were purchased by the municipality to form the collection. Archaic ceramics from the Alidosian period are exhibited in the rooms of the donjon and south-west tower, accompanied by captions. These objects, found during restoration work in the 1960s, are displayed highlighting their contexts of origin: in particular, the two pits and the dungeons of the donjon. Among the artefacts are sgraffito and majolica ceramics bearing initials, decorations and symbols linked to ancient traditions. Of particular importance is the pitcher with the heraldic eagle of the Alidosi family. There is also a rare service of eighteen sgraffito ceramic plates dating back to the early 15th century, recovered in the "butto" pit at the foot of the donjon.

Hours

Sunday
10:00 am-01:00 pm
03:00 pm-07:00 pm
Monday - Thursday
Closed
Friday
03:00 pm-07:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am-01:00 pm
03:00 pm-07:00 pm
Rocca Sforzesca
Piazzale Giovanni Dalle Bande Nere, 40026 Imola BO, Italia
Call +390542602609 Website

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