The Castle and the Fortress of Gradara
Located in the hinterland of the Marche-Romagna coast, not far from the sea and with a pleasant hilly landscape - extreme offshoot of the Apennines - which is the background. It is known above all for its historical Malatesta Fortress, which together with its fortified village and its walls are a characteristic example of medieval architecture, recovered thanks to a restoration carried out at the beginning of the 20th century.
The ancient history of Gradara
is closely linked to the vicissitudes of its castle, subject for centuries to the domination of the Malatesta, Sforza, Della Rovere and Mosca families. According to legend, they found the death of Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Polenta, killed for jealousy by Paolo's brother, Gianciotto Malatesta.