Winding roads lead to appealing hamlets and castles which still speak about the glorious history of the Malatesta Seignory during the Middle Ages. At that time Montefiore Conca was the capital of this valley: its imposing fortress can be seen far away and hosted princes and popes.
Mondaino is particularly charming: the drawbridge that leads to the old city centre, the semicircular square Piazza Maggiore, the Portico dating back to the 19th century; the fortress, a well-preserved example of military architecture, which today hosts the town hall and the Paleontological Museum.
Saludecio had a central role in the Conca Valley from the 16th to the 19thcentury: the small cathedral hosts the Sanctuary of the Blessed Amato. Also worth visiting the Montanara gate and the murals on the town’s walls which portray the 18th and the 19th century inventions. Montegridolfo, a carefully renovated hamlet, is a well-kept example of a Malatesta settlement, whose old town deserves a visit.
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In the territory of Valconca, just few steps from the ancient hamlet of Onferno, the Natural Reserve of Onferno reveals a different scenery with a unique environment preserved for its biodiversity: the karstic complex of the Caves, shaped by the erosive action of a little underground torrent, is inhabited by several species of chiropterans (bats).
Natural Reserve of Onferno
Via Provinciale Onferno, 50/52 - Tel. + 39 0541 984694; 335 7020834
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.