Gradara is a romantic village that was loved by Dante and rises at 142 metres above sea level, with the Republic of San Marino and Carpegna in the backgroun, it is a beautiful medieval village.
Gradara is known above all for its beautiful Rocca.
The history of Gradara is closely linked to the history of its castle, subject to domination over the centuries by the Malatesta, Sforza and Della Rovere families.
Gradara was the theatre of the tragic love story of Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, made immortal by the verses of Canto V of Dante’s Inferno, mentioned by Petrarca, Boccaccio and D’Annunzio.
Gradara walls enclose antique palaces, squares and towers, testifying the greatness of Malatesta past. Around the castle you can walk the Path of lovers that goes round the hill, from which you can admire the beautiful landscape of the Pesaro area.
The typical dish of Gradara is “bigol”, hand-made spaghetti.