In the northern part of the Adriatic coast, on the border with Emilia Romagna there is a charming village located amidst the wonders of nature: Gabicce Monte.
Located on a promontory near the small bay of Gabicce, in the last stretch of the Gulf of Rimini, from which you can get an extremely wide view: Cesenatico, Rimini with its skyscraper, Porto Verde as well as the lovely hills of the Marche. Thanks to its heritage, Gabicce Monte is the only place matching sea, hills and natural park, with the result of a surprisingly varied landscape and a unique atmosphere.
The land is striking, on the streets you can meet cyclists and trekking lovers who want to feel a unique emotion in the Park of Monte San Bartolo. Gabicce Monte is a small village on a human scale, where you can easily move on foot, taking a relaxing walk, away from traffic and chaos. For this reason it is popular to families with children and loved by couples searching for romantic views.
From Gabicce Monte you can take the “Sentiero del Coppo”, completely plunged in nature, through which you directly get to the marine area and in the middle of the path you meet the old source, “la Fonte del Coppo”, from which flows a ‘water with excellent beneficial and healing properties.
The resort enjoys a geographical well as historical importance. Its origin goes back to a community living around 909 in the Church of St. Ermete, which still stands today at the entrance of the town.
Inside the Church of St. Ermete are preserved some valuable reliquaries and candlesticks to witness the richness of the furnishings decorating it before the several pillaging suffered in different eras. Among the most important works inside the church, we also find the painting “Madonna del Latte”, which comes from the Marche school of the fifteenth century and a wooden crucifix dating from the fourteenth century, which belongs to the school of Rimini.
At that time the top of the hill was probably already fortified: a document from 998 is appointing it with the Latin phrase “Castellum Ligabitii” from the name of the feudal Lord Ligabitio.
The small group of houses around the main square Valbruna is all that remains of the ancient village of Gabicce Monte.
The Harbour of Vallugola
The little Bay Vallugola is a wonderful natural bay, located a few kilometres south of Gabicce, including the protected area of the Natural Park of Monte San Bartolo.
A pebble beach and crystal clear water which makes this place like a little paradise.
It is possible to reach the bay through a panoramic route which from Gabicce Monte winds up in Pesaro, amongst the intense fragrance of juniper and pine trees, in a series of rocky ravines.
Known since ancient times, Vallugola had to be well appreciated by the Romans and Greeks, because it represented a safe harbour for ships. By Vallugola Bay we still find some stones that seem archaeological, historical remains, according to the legend of a submerged city. A place full of memory, intriguing and mysterious.
Today, with its unique landscapes, the richness of its environmental heritage, with its legends sunk under the sea, is one of those places worthy of visiting.