Romagnolo hinterland: Cattolica and surroundings.
The Romagna hinterland, a few kilometers from the city of Cattolica, offers tourists the opportunity to admire small villages, cities of art and enjoy wonderful natural shows.
Moving among the different villages, in fact, you can visit enchanting medieval castles, natural parks such as Sasso Simone and Simoncello, the Park of Monte San Bartolo and many other points of historical, cultural, artistic and naturalistic interest. If you want to take a tour of one or more days in this beautiful and rich land, Cattolica, considered the symbol of the Romagna Riviera, is undoubtedly the perfect city from which to start. Then you can move inland from Romagna enjoying the rich and lush land, good food and kindness typical of the locals.
To the south of Romagna, a few kilometers from the border with the Marche, you can visit the town of Gradara. This small fortress of Malatesta origin, guarded by imposing walls, was the setting of the story that saw Paolo and Francesca as protagonists of Dante's literature. Gradara is known today as the Capital of the Middle Ages. Walking through its small streets, in fact, you can admire several monuments and sites of historical and cultural interest that can be traced back to that historical period. Among the main attractions of this city, the best known is undoubtedly the Castle of Gradara. Located on the top of the hill, this charming building houses numerous findings. Walking through the corridors of the castle, you can also admire the armory room, the torture room and different elements of the original castle furniture dating back to 1400-1500.
Another small town that you can not miss out on during the tour of the Romagna inland is undoubtedly San Leo. About 32 km from Rimini, this romantic and unique little town in Romagna is located on one of the rocky summits of Valmarecchia. Walking through the streets of San Leo you can not miss the Duomo, a simple-looking Romanesque building built around 1173. Even the interior of the church respects the sober style of the period with elements of appeal to the Gothic style. Another point of historical and cultural interest of the city is the Fort of San Leo. Also built on a rocky rise, this building dates back to 1441. You will be enchanted by the perfect fusion of the elements in Gothic style such as the keep and elements dating back to more recent times. From this point of the city of San Leo, moreover, it is possible to enjoy an enchanting view of the city, and of the surrounding hills.
Finally, a key stop during your visit to the town of San Leo is certainly the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta. Recognized as the symbol of the Christianization of the Montefeltro, it was built between the 3rd and 4th centuries. The walls in sandstone and limestone, the simple and refined style make this monument one of the attractions most appreciated by visitors. In this small town, the bright green of the hills and the blue of the sky merge into a breathtaking spectacle. At sunset, the view of the Rocca offers a unique panorama.
Visitando l'entroterra di Cattolica non potrete non passare qualche ora nella incantevole Urbino il cui centro storico è stato dichiarato nel 1998 patrimonio dell'umanità dall'UNESCO. Passeggiando per le strade della città noterete sicuramente l'incantevole Duomo. Questo edificio in stile Neoclassico, fu costruito introno tra il XVIII e il XIX secolo e fu ideato dall'architetto Giuseppe Valadier. All'interno potrete ammirare diverse tele di uno tra i più importanti artisti italiani: Federico Barocci.
Tra le architetture religiose più rilevanti della città vi è il Monastero di Santa Chiara. Edificato nel XV secolo dall'architetto Francesco di Giorgio Martini esso diventò Mausoleo dal XVI secolo e ospitò i feretri dei membri della famiglia nobile Della Rovere, originaria di Savona.
La Chiesa di Santa Maria della Torre è anch'essa un edificio di enorme rilevanza per Ubrino che non potrete non visitare. Eretto durante il XIV secolo con lo scopo di ospitare le monache agostiniane, fu successivamente consacrata nel 1518. Attualmente risulta aperta al pubblico.
Montefiore Conca is a small village in the Romagna hinterland. It is about 30 km from Rimini, from which it takes about 45 minutes to arrive. The main attraction of the village is the Castle, which can be admired in the distance already from Rimini. The Castello di Montefiore Conca was built during the XIV century by the noble Malatesta family. Inside, the Rocca hosted illustrious personalities, including Luigi d'Angiò and his wife (king and queen of Hungary). Today the castle is open to the public: visitors can admire the regality of the rooms kept in the Sala dell'Imperatore and Sala del Trono.
From the Rocca Malatestiana of Montefiore Conca it is possible to enjoy an exceptional panorama on the coasts of the Romagna coast and on the hinterland, with the look that extends to the town of San Marino. Among the most beautiful villages of Emilia Romagna, Montefiore also boasts another famous tourist attraction: the Caves of Onferno, mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy and known throughout the hinterland of Cattolica for the presence of more than 8 thousand examples of bats.
Included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Montegridolfo is a municipality belonging to the province of Rimini, located in the hinterland of Cattolica. Like the village of Montefiore Conca, Montegridolfo also owes its fame to the Castle complex and the Malatesta family, who conceived the small walled village as a natural habitat for artisans and farmers. The guide of the most beautiful villages in Italy assigns to Montegridolfo the definition of a small castle on the Gothic line. The direct testimony of the involvement of Montegridolfo in the second is provided by the Museo del Goti.
Today the village is inhabited only by 30 people, who have made the decision to stay here despite the call of the Romagna coasts, faithful to a medieval tradition that time has not managed to scratch. In addition to the Malatesta Castle, the other attractions to visit during a brief stay in the village of Montegridolfo are the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine delle Grazie, the Church of San Pietro and the Church of San Rocco. From here the Rimini airport is only 30 km away.
The City of Painted Walls, as it has been renamed because of its famous murals, rises in the hinterland of Cattolica, in the province of Rimini, from which it is about 30 minutes by car. The village of Saludecio has rightly entered the history of Italian literature thanks to the Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, who cited the town in a novel of his masterpiece. One of the main attractions of the town is the Church of San Rocco, whose construction dates back to the eighteenth century. Next to the Church of San Rocco, in order of importance, we can mention the Parish Church of San Biagio, which houses works by talented Italian artists, including Guido Cagnacci (painter of the seventeenth century), to whom we owe the paintings of San Sisto Papa and the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. The main event that takes place in the city is Ottocento Festival, on the occasion of the first decade of August. During the event, the artists create the new murals that are added to the already rich collection of painted walls that the village of Saludecio enjoys today.