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San Leo

San Leo is located on the highest sharp of the mountains of the Apennines: the Monte Feliciano, so steep as to be accessible by a single road cut in the rock. On the summit of San Leo is dominated by the imposing fortress designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini: one of the greatest geniuses, together with Leonardo da Vinci, of the military architecture of the florentine renaissance.

In the middle of the country, on the contrary, overlooking a charming little square, are the two churches, the pride of San Leo: the ancient Parish church of pre-romanesque style, dating back to the NINTH century; and the Cathedral, in the lombard romanesque style, dating from the TWELFTH century. San Leo in the middle ages it was one of the most important cities of Italy: the strength of its fortifications enabled him even to be chosen by Berengar II as the capital of his Kingdom of Italy.

Verucchio

Verucchio was once the strongest fortified city of the Malatesta: his rock, still today shows signs of a past as a dominatrix. The hill on which stands the town of Verucchio is located at the beginning of the Valmarecchia valley, along the roads leading away from Rimini: a land therefore of the border, well that was defended by the fortifications of the castle.

Of considerable interest in Verucchio, in addition to the rocca, the Collegiate Church, the archaeological Museum dedicated to the important finds of the etruscans and villanovans, the Convent of San Francesco, which is located just outside the city.

Gradara

On the green hills on the border between Emilia Romagna and the Marche , rises Gradara, with its castle, famous for its beauty and romantic charm. In the Thirteenth century was the seat of the tragedy of the lovers Paolo and Francesca, murdered in cold blood by the jealous Gianciotto Malatesta, and immortalized by Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy.

Gradara is also famous for its history as it was of the most important settlements, the military of the family of rimini of the Malatesta: you can still admire the powerful equipment of war, a fortress that is impregnable.

An adequate restoration work of the twentieth-century, together with a constant care on the part of the citizens, preserve today, the fortress of Gradara, in perfect condition. Around the castle, the elegant medieval streets of the village provide visitors peace and relaxation, for a quiet stroll.

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