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The Castello di Gradara: pictures, description Castello di Gradara)

The Castello di Gradara is located near the small resort town of Gabbice Mare on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It has wonderful views of the Republic of San Marino is a tiny independent state, to fit on the rocky mountain of Monte Titano on the border of the Italian regions Emilia-Romagna and Marche. Today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Riviera, a visit to which is included in the standard package tours.

Impressive walls of the 14-century castle which surround the town of Gradara, one of the most well-preserved medieval defensive walls of the region. They are topped with crenellated battlements and bristling towers like. The castle is clearly visible from the Northern part of the coast of the Marche.

The only major street Gradara smoothly leads from the city gate to the fortress built on top of a hill high above the city. Along the street there are numerous souvenir shops and restaurants, a trattoria with delicious food.

The Castello Gradara once belonged to the powerful family of Malatesta, whose representative Sigismund Pandolfo was a renowned condottiero and regulations in Rimini. It is in this castle, according to legend, in 1289, the year of the murder of Francesca da Rimini and her lover Paolo - this event will forever remain in history, thanks to the pen of Dante.

The Malatesta family owned Gradara for nearly two centuries. Once they are within 42 days withstood the attack of another influential family of Sforza, but in the end, in 1464, the year surrendered the city.

A large part of the decoration of the castle was completed in 1493, the year by order of Giovanni Sforza, who wanted to surprise his young bride, the notorious Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI and sister Cesario Borgia. In the chapel of the Castello Gradara is stored gorgeous glossy altarpiece, executed by Andrea della Robbia terracotta. However, most modern visitors to the castle, rather, interested in the Arsenal and torture chambers.