Valmarecchia – The Marecchia Valley

Carved out by the river that gives it the name, Marecchia valley is characterized by clay hills and high spurs rising along the riverbanks, on the top of which the Malatesta Seignory established their fortresses and castles to defend their territory.


Verucchio is perhaps the oldest capital of Malatesta: the old centre is dominated by two fortresses, while the Archeological Museum displays goods and finds that testify the presence of the Villanovan civilazation in Romagna.

San Leo: one of the most popular destinations in the province of Rimini, a fortress on a high peak with sheer sides, whose jails hosted the alchemist Conte Cagliostro. The town is also the cradle of the Romanesque art with its parish church and cathedral. Torriana: not much remains of the ancient hamlet, but its former strategic importance is clear thanks to the remains of the tower. Montebello, just a short drive, is an ancient hamlet: the fortress boasts many treasures and legends, like that of the ghost of the little girl called Azzurrina. The delightful town of Santarcangelo gives the best in its upper quarters, with narrow streets and tidy houses. The Collegiata Church too deserves a visit.

For further information please visit the  website of Riviera di Rimini


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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