Landscapes rich in history
Right on the Romagna Riviera, Rimini allows you to discover a completely different landscape, full of fortresses, castles and fortified villages.
Here as follows you’ll find our suggested inland villages to visit and discover!
SANTARCANGELO DI ROMAGNA
Considered one of the most evocative cities of Romagna, Santarcangelo is the birthplace of several artists, as well as a Pope, Clement XIV, to whom various monuments are dedicated, along with the main square, Piazza Ganganelli.
Do not miss the Rocca (fortress), which can be reached by going up several narrow streets in the medieval village, and the Campanone (bell tower), which rises right in the heart of the village and is one of the most significant monuments of the city.
Flagship feature of Santarcangelo are its caves: there are over 200 of them, they are dug into the tuff, but their origin is still uncertain. They can be visited with a guide.
Wandering around the village, you can spot many shops, among which there is the famous Stamperia Marchi, where the traditional rust prints are produced, with the typical designs of the Romagna peasant culture; but also shops where you can find lace and antique shops.
There are also some interesting museums to visit, such as the Button Museum, the MET, that is the Ethnographic Museum, and the MUSAS, that is the Historical Archaeological Museum.
TORRIANA E MONTEBELLO
Both Torriana and Montebello are located on the spurs of Valmarecchia: the first one has undergone some architectural transformations, while the second one has preserved its charm, mystery and history.
Torriana is known as the “Balcony of Romagna“, due to the view it has on the coast. The city hosts the seat of the Naturalistic Observatory of Valmarecchia, which lets you discover the wonders of the hinterland; its territory is even a protected oasis for the preservation of the Montebello fauna. Its Rocca Malatestiana (fortress) was inhabited by both the Borgias and the Medici, and is said to have been the place of the death of Gianciotto Malatesta, the one who killed the lovers Paolo and Francesca.
Montebello boasts a perfectly preserved castle that belonged to the Malatesta family, and can still be visited. Made up of numerous mysterious tunnels, dark passages and deep wells, it also preserves prestigious furniture and a collection of chests. Its fame is tied to the legend of Azzurrina, an albino girl who disappeared in the castle in 1375 and was never found again. It is said that the girl’s ghost still roams the castle and that her voice can be heard every 5 years.
Verucchio is called the cradle of the Malatesta family, who built their Rocca (fortress) there and started their history.
Numerous necropolises and settlements have been discovered: rare and precious finds have been brought to light, such as jewels, furnishing objects, weapons, which are now collected in the Civic Archaeological Museum, housed inside the Ancient Monastery of the Augustinian Friars.
In addition, the collegiate church, the Franciscan convent and the Romanesque church are worth a visit: do not forget to take the time to walk through the medieval village.
A city of very ancient origins (there are outstanding testimonies from the year 1000), Gradara is surrounded by walls with walkways from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view.
It was settled by the Malatesta family in the year 1200 and they built the Rocca (fortress), which can still be visited today.
Its fame is mainly linked to Dante’s poem and the love story of Paolo and Francesca. The Historical Museum is worth a visit too: it exhibits instruments of torture, images and costumes from the tragedy of the two lovers and scenes from the life of peasant civilization.
San Leo stands on an imposing rocky boulder, with overhanging walls. Born as a Roman settlement, its origins are lost starting from the sixth century; in the following centuries it was disputed until it was definitively conquered in 1441 by the Montefeltro family. Numerous families settled there, in the following order: Montefeltro, Borgia, Della Rovere and Medici, until 1631, when it was devolved to the Papal State.
It was turned into a prison and the Count of Cagliostro (whose cell is the most famous) ended up there too; however, the prison ceased to exist in the early twentieth century.
Not to be missed are the Romanesque church, the Duomo (cathedral) and the Rocca (fortress), all located in the main square. The museum, the Palazzo della Rovere, the bell tower and, not far away, the Pietracuta castle are also worth a visit.
A small village in the Rimini hinterland, Montefiore is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy (“I borghi più belli d’Italia”). The village stands at the foot of the castle and preserves the features of the medieval age. It has the shape of a semicircle and it is enclosed by walls, with ancient towers.
The Rocca di Montefiore (fortress) is one of the Malatesta castles: it became a private property, owned by the Malatesta Signoria. For this reason, it was always embellished and reinforced, and performed a double function: it was a military building and secondary palace for the family. The fortress stands on a promontory and offers unique views. The artifacts found on site tell the story of life at court and of the uses and customs between the mid-fourteenth century and the end of the sixteenth century.
Founded in 301 AD, the city welcomes its visitors with the words “Welcome to the ancient Land of Freedom”, to underline how, in the past, it has always managed to be free from various attempts to be conquered.
The ancient Borgo Maggiore lies at the foot of Monte Titano, and has kept the imprint of the municipal squares of the thirteenth century.
The old town is enclosed within fortified walls: walking through the characteristic districts, corners, and panoramic paths you can get to the three medieval towers, which were built as a system of fortification and are connected to each other.
The Palazzo Pubblico, seat of the San Marino Parliament, stands right at the center of the town, in Piazza della Libertà (main square), and it is a great example of neo-Gothic architecture.
Going up, you get to the Basilica del Santo, built in neoclassical style, which houses numerous statues and valuable paintings, as well as the statue and the bones of the Saint. To the side of the Basilica, the Church of San Pietro stands: inside there are two niches cut into rock that are said to be the beds of Saint Marino and Saint Leo.
San Marino has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.