Gradara

Gradara is located on the border between Emilia-Romagna and the Marche, in the province of Pesaro-Urbino. It is a picturesque medieval village with a castle and an imposing fortified walkway. It rises a few hundred meters above sea level and from here you can enjoy a unique panoramic view. Its history is linked to the fortress known as “Dell’Amore”, where the secret meetings between Paolo and Francesca, the two lovers mentioned by Dante in Canto V of the Divine Comedy, took place. It is said that it was in this stronghold that they were discovered and killed by Gianciotto Malatesta, Francesca’s husband. Its position made it a strategic crossroads of people and goods for centuries; during the Middle Ages it was the scene of clashes between families from the Marche, Romagna and the Papacy. Today it is an animated tourist centre, full of shops, bars and restaurants, which can only be visited on foot. Castle visits are well organized and available in different languages. In summer there are many events in historical costume.