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GABICCE MARE

Gabicce Mare is the ideal location to practice many sports.

Thanks to its conformation you can choose from:

  • water sports (fishing, swimming, sailing, surfing, diving, snorkeling, etc.);
  • those related to nature (trekking, bird watching, Nordic walking, etc.);
  • our hill is a paradise for bike and motorbike lovers;
  • we have tennis and soccer fields with a unique view of the Adriatic coast;
  • football fields, gym, beach volleyball, table tennis and many others.

Gabicce Mare offers endless possibilities to reconcile the relaxation of the beach with the desire to do activities during YOUR holiday!

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The Gabicce Mare Tennis (via Panoramica), managing the Multiservice Hoteliers Group. The sports center has 4 tennis courts (2 on the ground and 2 on synthetic grass), 2 five-a-side soccer fields on synthetic grass, bar and restaurant service.

For informations: 

FRANCO VALENTINI
CELL. +39 3313227856
valentinif63@gmail.com
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#labandadelsanbartolo 
is a spontaneous group of walkers and trekking enthusiasts who organize walks in the most suggestive places in our area and in particular following the paths of the Monte San Bartolo Natural Park. Every week the appointment in Piazza del Municipio in Gabicce Mare for a new adventure immersed in nature.

N.B: these are non-profit activities, everyone is responsible for himself and must have respect and attention for others, the activity takes place outdoors and it is possible to comply with behavioral recommendations issued in these days.
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The hills of Monte San Bartolo rise up overlooking the sea, providing a natural balcony and offering breathtaking scenery. The itinerary starts in Pesaro, runs along the hills as far as Gabicce Mare, to then inland through the hills between Marche and Romagna.
The route is an easy one, the only difficulty being the traffic on the final stretch.

PARCO DEL SAN BARTOLO
VILLA CAPRILE
VILLA IMPERIALE
GRADARA

How to reach Pesaro:
From the Coast: Autostrada A14, Pesaro Exit • follow road signs for “mare - Baia Flaminia”
From Inland: (from Rome) Superstrada Fano Grosseto, Fano Exit • Autostrada A14, Pesaro Exit (from Urbino) S.P. 423 road signs for Pesaro • at Pesaro follow road signs for “mare - Baia Flaminia”

Start: The starting point in Pesaro is in the Baia Flaminia quarter, near to the monument on the left bank of the river Foglia as it reaches the sea. There are numerous bars in the vicinity and a fountain near the monument.
km. 0      Baia Flaminia monument. Follow the cycle track on the left bank of the river Foglia in the “mare-monte” direction.
km. 0,7   At the roundabout, turn right for the “Strada Panoramica Adriatica” (S.p. 44). After a set of traffic lights, the road starts to climb.
km. 4,8   Continue straight-on [⬆️170] (left for Villa Imperiale).
km. 13,8 The road enters Fiorenzuola di Focara [⬆️180]. The road is undulating along this stretch.
km. 17,1 The road arrives at a junction, left for the S.S. 16, right for Casteldimezzo. Continue straight on.
km. 20,4 Continue straight-on (on the right, optional turn-off for an enchanting pause at Vallugola).
km. 22    The road enters Gabicce Monte [⬆️125].
km. 22,8 At the stop sign, turn left and down the hill. Gabicce Monte is on the right.
km. 24,6 At the stop sign, turn left towards Gradara.
km. 24,7 At the stop sign, turn right towards Gradara. You are now on the S.S.16 [⬆️17].
km. 25,7 Leave the S.S. 16, turning right towards Gradara.
km. 25,9 At the roundabout, follow the signs for Gradara.
km. 27,4 At the mini-roundabout, go straight-on towards Gradara.
km. 29,2 Gradara [⬆️50].
km. 29,4 Turn left and immediately after turn right towards the town centre “centro”. After 50 m, turn left again following the signs for the town centre “centro”. The road climbs up to the hamlet.
km. 30,2 Entrance to Castello di Gradara [⬆️109]. From here, continue down the same road, this time following the signs for Pesaro.
km. 31,1 Turn left towards Pesaro, “Strada del vino” (brown signpost).
km. 31,5 Turn right following the brown road signs “Strada del vino”.
km. 32,4 After the motorway, leave the ”strada del vino”, turning right towards Pesaro alongside the railway line.
km. 33,2 Turn right into via Babbucce (tunnel under the motorway). The road starts to climb!
km. 35  Babbucce [⬆️131]. After 100 m, at the stop sign, turn left into “strada Croce Babbucce”.
km. 35,2 At the junction, turn right towards Case Bruciate, through S.Germano.
km. 37,1 At the junction, turn left towards Pesaro. Warning: steep downhill with uneven road surface!
km. 38 Keep to the left passing over the motorway.
km. 39,4 Turn right onto S.p. 131 and down the hill.
km. 40    Pesaro signpost. At the roundabout, turn left towards the sea “mare”.
km. 41,1 At the roundabout, go straight-on towards the sea “mare”.
km. 42,6 At the traffic lights, keep to the right towards the sea “mare”.
km. 43,1 Villa Caprile is on the left.
km. 44,8 Turn left onto the road to Baia Flaminia just before the bridge over the river Foglia.
km. 45,4 Roundabout at the end of the port canal. Continue straight-on along the cycle track back to the start point of the tour (Km. 46,1).



tourist information

Parco del San Bartolo
The protected slopes of the hills extend over approximately 1,600 hectares and form a natural park of great interest as regards nature and cultural history. The hills rise to 200 metres above sea level and provide a wide panorama of the coast and the sea. The cliffs form an unusual marine landscape when compared to the usually sandy Adriatic coastline. At the foot of the cliffs there is a narrow stony beach formed by the fragments that have fallen from the cliffs themselves. These stones, called "cogoli" (cobbles) by the locals, were once used to pave the historic centres and the nearby coastal towns. The panoramic road that passes through the park is a must for cyclists. 
Information: Ente Parco S.Bartolo (S.Bartolo Park Authority), tel. 0721 371075.

Villa Caprile
The building, originally constructed (in 1640) for the noble Giovanni Mosca as a summer residence where he could relax and receive guests, was transformed from an aristocratic private villa into public building during the French Revolution when Pesaro was part of the Cisalpine republic. In 1876 it became the home of the Agricultural Training School, and in 1924 was transformed into a Secondary Agricultural School. Today, instead, it houses the Agricultural Institute. The botanical gardens and their eighteenth century fountains can be visited during the summer. 
Information: Villa Caprile, tel. 0721 21440.

Villa Imperiale
The villa was built from 1530 onwards in order to satisfy the most typical needs of the Renaissance courts for a villa life. The building is basically two historic monuments, one built on top of the other at different times and with different architectures: the fifteenth century body of the building was built for Alessandro Sforza and is based on fortification type architecture, while the upper part was commissioned in 1530 to Girolamo Genga by the Della Rovere family. The villa is surrounded by a typical Italian Renaissance garden. Visits to the villa must be booked in advance. 
Information: I.A.T. - Pesaro Tourist Office, tel. 0721 69341.

Gradara ⬆️142 ⬆️15
The fortified town of Gradara stands on a ridge that separates the regions of Romagna and Marche. The Rocca di Gradara, or Gradara Castle, is a magnificent example of twelfth to fourteenth century military architecture, with its commanding position dominating the surrounding territory. The castle was built on the orders of the De Grifo family and was further enlarged and decorated over the centuries by the different nobles who inherited it: the Malatesta, Sforza and Della Rovere families. Today, in addition to its monumental “Rocca”, Gradara also offers visitors its two rings of defensive walls and towers with their restored battlements and parapet walks. The areas between the walls still preserve their ancient houses and the church of S.Giovanni Battista. According to a centuries old legend, it was in the castle where Giovanni Malatesta, also known as 'Giovanni the Lame', murdered the lovers Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Polenta, immortalised in the well-known verses of Dante Alighieri. 
Information: Tourist Office, tel. 0541 964115.
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Admire our seabed! 
It can be an experience that will give you unique emotions and that is cheap. We give you some tips on how to practice snorkeling safely.

Thanks to its simplicity, snorkeling is one of the most popular and practiced water sports. This activity is practiced by swimming face down on the water, breathing with a snorkel, to admire the seabed and life underwater through a mask that protects the eyes.

Small precautions are enough to safely practice this simple and inexpensive activity. To start practicing it, you will find below what equipment you need, then we will give you some useful tips for snorkeling safely!

Equipment needed:
minimum needed

Mask
Mouthpiece
Fins


Based on the duration and period in which the activity will be practiced, it is advisable to add:

Mute
Flotation vest
Marking buoy


Let's choose the right mask!
To snorkel it is very important to have a good mask. So take your time when you go shopping. Better the mask of the goggles, indeed take a snorkeling mask that also covers the nose. Make sure that it fits your face perfectly, because snorkeling time will surely pass without you noticing and you will be in the water for hours.
Remember to wash it well the first time because the new ones have a chemical protective layer that must be removed!

Mouthpiece with valve or without?
To practice snorkeling without discomfort, the choice of snorkel is also important. It should be sized for your mouth and head size. You will need to consider whether to buy a snorkel with a purge valve or without. the snorkel with the valve is generally used by professionals, but it is really a matter of habit and how one feels better. In practice, some mouthpieces have a valve that allows the water that has entered the snorkel to be expelled from a front valve, instead of from the mouthpiece itself. The valve requires a greater lung capacity and it takes a little practice at the beginning to expel the water.

Fins, wetsuit, vest and buoy for snorkeling:
If the fins do not require particular attention in the purchase (as long as they are the right size), a careful evaluation must be made for the suit and the buoyancy vest. Even if you can swim well, spending hours in the water can be tiring. It is essential for those who snorkel to have a buoyancy vest because it helps a lot to maintain strength and now they are really not bulky.

The same reasoning concerns the diving suit to use for snorkeling. As we said before, snorkeling you will spend hours in the sea: your body disperses heat in the water and at the same time the sun's rays can burn you. Additionally, you may have unpleasant contact with jellyfish or other fish that can cause stinging reactions. Therefore, the purchase or even the simple rental of a wetsuit must be considered.

Finally, the buoy is essential: it serves to signal to the boats that there is a person diving.

Our tips on how to snorkel safely:
When snorkeling, you are an observer of the sea and its seabed.
Since snorkeling is observation of the seabed and not spearfishing, do not carry fishing gear that would only be bulky. It is good to avoid touching fish, seabed and corals, because you could damage the marine environment, but also get in touch with stinging organisms or to which you may be allergic.

Do you know a local expert guide? Trust him! It is not just about helping you in terms of safety, but you will see that a guide will also be able to advise you on where to snorkel and at what times of the day, to be able to meet certain fish or to admire the seabed in the right sunlight. In this regard, if you go to the "club of sailors" on the port of Gabicce Mare near the large lighthouse, you will surely find some old sea wolf retired or not, who can give you some advice!

Finally, don't forget that by spending a lot of time admiring the seabed, you won't always be attentive to what's happening around you, above the surface. So, if you have company on the beach, tell him where you will go snorkeling and what time you plan to return, he will be able to monitor your safety even from under the umbrella!


N.W. A dutiful thanks to Leonardi Maurizio who is the author of the beautiful shots
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