The tragic and passionate love story of Paolo and Francesca narrated by Dante in Canto V of the Inferno in his Divine Comedy, took place here. The Fortress and the double ring of walls were built by the House of Malatesta between the 12th and the 14th century (on a previous structure) – under the Malatesta’s dominion over Gradara since 1463 – when Federico da Montefeltro
seized the stronghold in command of the papal army.

Here, within the walls of the castle, either along the alleys or the patrol paths of this medieval citadel, it can be felt the romantic, everlasting and mysterious atmosphere of passion and love which bonded two youngsters in the Gradara of 1289: Francesca, daughter of Guido da Polenta, and Paolo, her lover as well as brother of her husband Giangiotto Malatesta, to whom she was
given in marriage under false pretences and who later killed the two lovers. Francesca, «donna with unique gracefulness and infinite beauty», found herself being often alone due to the extended absences of her husband (a podestà of Pesaro) and frequently being visited by the fair Paolo. One day, however, the two bumped into a reading that would be the sign of their fate: the tale of Lancelot and Guinevere. Overwhelmed by passion, Paolo and Francesca couldn’t hold back their desire. The two lovers were caught off-guard by Giangiotto that pierced them both with his sword.

Dante celebrates the lovers with unforgettable verses... «Love, that exempts no one beloved from loving, seized me with pleasure of this man so strongly...», and though the poet has to put the couple in Hell to condemn their adultery, he leaves the two of them indissolubly together.

The Castle and all the medieval citadel of Gradara (crowned as the most beautiful Village in Italy in 2018), are imbued with Paolo and Francesca’s love story. In the middle of the vegetation surrounding the ramparts, the walk of lovers offers a romantic itinerary to travel hand in hand through the sounds of nature and the wonderful panoramas (excerpt from Itinerary of beauty).
Indeed, with the walk of lovers by way of the Staircase of love designed by Elio Fiorucci and the visit to the fortress, it can be experienced a unique, magical atmosphere: time seems to stand still.

Each stone and palace echo back to the glorious past of the Malatestas, the Sforzas, Lucrezia Borgia, Della Rovere family and, indeed, of the two lovers Paolo and Francesca.

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Thu 21 Jan 2021
After so many months of restrictions, give yourself a short period immersed in the greenery of the Monte San Bartolo Natural Park!

A spring weekend to immerse yourself in an oasis of green, yellow and blue!

GREEN - our hill starts from the middle of the beach of Gabicce Mare and the green extends to the beach of Pesaro, where you can breathe the brackish air of the Adriatic while it merges with the scent of the grass. A walk, among the paths where you can admire the breathtaking views that the whole Riviera envies us.

YELLOW - ours is the "Collina delle Ginestre" in the month of May the flowering begins which will give the hill a particular color between yellow and green and the scent of broom will surround the whole territory!

BLUE - is the predominant color of the sea that will merge on the horizon with the blue of the sky. Gabicce Mare will be able to give you a myriad of colors from sunrise over the sea to sunset on the Adriatic Riviera.

What are you waiting for? pack your hiking shoes and t-shirt and leave for the natural oasis of the Monte San Bartolo Natural Park!

... and if you are a bike and mountain bike lover you will be in the right place to have a lot of fun!


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Sat 03 Apr 2021

The International Cycling Tourism Week Summer 2021 will be a good opportunity to experience exciting adventures by bicycle.

SUMMER Week from 5 to 12 June - AUTUMN Week from 11 to 17 September
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" 

IMPORTANT NEWS IN THE NEW RAINBOW EDITION
In order to enjoy our territory on the bike, we have modified the historical event by accentuating the "Tourist" character. The departure will be in the French way, therefore free departure and you will follow the route of the day each at the pace that you deem best. You participate in total autonomy along the routes of the stage, at your preferred speed and pace, following the arrows in the color of the day. The roads are obviously open to traffic and the highway code is in force.

"Create your Rainbow Cycling Week"
from 1 April (..and this is no joke) all the routes of the Rainbow Cycle Tourism Week will be "darts" as scheduled and therefore you will be able to participate in the Contest independently at any time of the season, even outside the programmed Weeks or with your group of friends.

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Sat 03 Apr 2021
Le Settimane Cicloturistiche Internazionali Estate 2021, saranno una bella occasione per vivere entusiasmanti avventure in bicicletta.

Settimana ESTATE dal 5 al 12 Giugno - Settimana AUTUNNO dal 11 al 17 Settembre
Sette giorni, tutte le mattine, alla scoperta del magnifico entroterra marchigiano e delle sue bellezze, sette le meravigliose uscite fuori porta che sono state programmate per i partecipanti: si percorreranno dagli 80 ai 120 km, dove sarà possibile gustare i tanti prodotti tipici dell'entroterra.

Una volata sulle colline marchigiane

IMPORTANTI NOVITÀ NELLA NUOVA EDIZIONE ARCOBALENO
Per poter godere del nostro territorio in sella alla bici, abbiamo modificato la manifestazione storica accentuando il carattere "Cicloturistico". La partenza sarà alla francese quindi partenza libera e si percorre il percorso di giornata ognuno al ritmo che ritiene più giusto. Si partecipa in totale autonomia percorrendo i percorsi di Tappa, alla velocità e ritmo preferito, seguendo le frecce del colore del giorno. Le strade sono ovviamente, aperte al traffico e vige il codice della strada. 

"Crea la tua Settimana Cicloturistica Arcobaleno"
dal 1° aprile (..e non è uno scherzo) tutti i percorsi della Settimana Cicloturistica Arcobaleno, saranno "frecciati" come da programma e quindi potrai in un qualsiasi momento della stagione, anche fuori dalle Settimane programmate, partecipare al Contest in maniera autonoma o con il tuo gruppo di amici.

GUARDA IL SITO UFFICIALE!
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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.

We are still waiting to know when our traditional MG meeting will take place.

We hope that this health emergency will allow us to organize the gathering as soon as possible, perhaps planning the postponement from 6 to 12 September 2021.

If, on the other hand, it is possible to organize for the already scheduled date - from May 24th to 30th, it will be our pleasure, within the month of March, to send all participants the information for pre-booking.

The 2021 program 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.

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
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