It stands on the crest of a hill, clearly visible with its robust walls and bastions and with the imposing bulk of the famous fortress. A very suggestive vision for those who travel along the Adriatic highway or the state highway alongside it.

Equipped with a first medieval defense tower (the 'Mastio') in 1150, the "castle" of Gradara (Castrum Cretarie) was made independent by the Pesaro administration by Piero and Rodolfo De Grifo. Subsequently the Malatesta family, after having purchased the castle from the De Grifo family, transformed the tower into a fortress complete with the first group of walls; subsequently they added also the seven hundred meters of the second group with the seventeen crenellated towers and the three drawbridges that made the fort impregnable.

Once the Malatesta domination ceased, the castle passed to the Sforza family who left their mark on it, adding the beautiful internal loggia, the staircase and the frescoes that still adorn some rooms, including those of the apartment where Lucrezia Borgia lived for three years after the wedding. with Giovanni Sforza (1493). After the Sforzesco period, it passed to the Della Rovere family until the devolution of the aducato of Urbino lla Chiesa (1631).

Only after almost three centuries of neglect and neglect was the engineer Umberto Zanvectors who in 1920 devoted all his substances to the recovery of the fort: what happened gradually, also by his wife Alberta Porta Natale until (1983) it passed into Italian state property.

Today Gradara, in addition to the monumental Rocca, offers the visitor its double wall and towers with the battlements and the recessed eaves walkways. Within the walls, the inhabited area preserves its ancient houses and the church of S.Giovanni Battista where a valuable 15th-century wooden crucifix is kept, while in the church of SS.Sacramento an altarpiece is visible ("Last Supper" ) by Antonio Cimatori (1595).

The precious altarpiece ("Enthroned Madonna with the Child and Saints") painted by Giovanni Santi in 1484 for the ancient parish church of S.Sofia was instead transferred to the Rocca.

It takes an ancient tradition that the ferocious assassination of Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Polenta by the betrayed Giovanni (Gianciotto) Malatesta called "Lo Sciancato" took place within the walls of the fortress of Gradara. Ancient blood story immortalized by the famous verses of Dante Alighieri.

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Sat 03 Apr 2021

The International Cycling Tourism Week at Easter from 11 to 17 April is always a good opportunity to experience exciting adventures by bicycle.

Seven days - every morning a start for discovering trip of the most beautiful spots in the Marches region; seven wonderful tours planned for the participants: the distances are between 80 and 120 km, with breaks for refreshments, to taste many culinary treasures (piadina, DOP ham and salami, homemade cakes by the villagers and wine at will).

"A spurt between Marche and Romagna" with tasting of local specialties.
Mon 24 May 2021
To all dear friends of Fabio,
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that, by the desire of the sisters Laura and Daniela Filippello, the city of Gabicce Mare organizes the meeting "Fabio Filippello ... at MG, his land of conquest" in his honor every two years.
The 2021 program, from 24 to 30 May, will be full of events: parties, skill competitions and the traditional gala dinner, which will also be attended by the sisters Laura and Daniela. The evening will be an opportunity to remember the most salient and exciting moments of the past.
By December 2020 we will send you the information necessary for the booking.
The traffic police will be, as usual, at the head of the meeting, whose role is and has been fundamental in all these years, the photos depicting Fabio "escorted"

It will be an opportunity to remember the most beautiful years of the dear friend, spent by the sea, in the hills of the Marche-Romagna hinterland, accompanied by music, good wine and typical local gastronomic products.

An affectionate greeting from Laura & Daniela Filippello, Angelo Serra, Letizia Vincenzetti