The ancient town of Gradara

Gradara represents an extraordinary urban and architectural combination, with a beautiful castle surrounded by imposing walls from which you can see a beautiful panorama on the coast.


Legend has it that the castle was the scene of the famous and tragic love story of Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, two of the most famous lovers in the history of literature, caught in each other’s arms and killed by Gianciotto, Francesca’s husband. This love story was immortalized by the Italian poet Dante in his masterpiece, the Divine Comedy.

For further information visit the website of Gradara


The name (in local pronunciation Arcaton) comes from the Greek and Byzantine occupation dated back to the sixth century AD: "Archeion" is the name of a plant, the burr, which still grows spontaneously in some areas of the beach now occupied by the bathing establishments but which was once abundant on the desert shore of Riccione.

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