Via Mancini, 23 - Gradara (PU)
0541964673 (Gradara Innova) - 0541964115 (Proloco)

A few miles from the Adriatic beach resorts, Gradara is one of the most popular Marche’s tourist destinations. Gradara boasts the Orange Flag award, it belongs to the Association of The most beautiful villages in Italy and to the National Association of Wine Cities.

The imposing 14th century walls surrounding the town are some of the best preserved in the Marche, with their crenellated battlements and bristling towers. The single main street leads up through the city gates to the fortress at the higher end of the town. The squared fortress, a polygonal tower on the northern side, dominates the town: it was here, according to tradition, that the murder of Francesca da Rimini and her lover Paolo, the lovers immortalized by Dante in his Divina Commedia, took place in 1289. It dates back to the twelfth century, but was changed under the rule of the Malatesta and the Sforza families. Pieces of 15th century furniture, valuable frescoes and altarpieces can be admired inside. Around the castle people can walk along the Lovers’ path, which surrounds the hill. There you can enjoy a nice view of the farming landscape. In the wonderful setting of the Medieval castle there’s also a bird’s park, which is also a falconry centre ( The Teatro dell’aria” or Theatre of the air”). It’s a park of environmental education entirely dedicated to the art of falconry. Here you can enjoy exhibitions of flying birds of prey and intriguing shows with them. Must-see attractions are also the little theatre, which can accommodate 70 people; Rubini Vesin Palace, built by local artists in the second half of the 19th century and now used for several cultural events: theatre, music and literary conferences.

The most typical dish is the "bigol," a kind of homemade spaghetti seasoned with mushroom or gravy sauce.

The most remarkable events taking place in Gradara during the year are: Gradara d’amare ( Gradara for lovers) in February, Solstice at the castle, Thursdays at the castle ( June/September) and Siege to the castle ( July).


The Attractions of Gradara

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Gradara things to Watch

Discover the attraction Gradara - Selve di Gradara Centre for Environmental Education

Gradara - Selve di Gradara Centre for Environmental Education

The “Selve di Gradara” Centre for Environmental Education (CEA) was created in 2018 with the aim of promoting the naturalistic patrimony of Gradara,...

Discover the attraction Teatro dell'Aria - Parco Ornitologico e Centro di Falconeria

Teatro dell'Aria - Parco Ornitologico e Centro di Falconeria

The Ornithological Park and Falconry Centre "The Theatre of the Air" is an environmental education park entirely dedicated to the art of falconry. It is located...

Discover the attraction Gradara Castle

Gradara Castle

Gradara Castle was built between the 11th and 15thcenturies and was the scene of continuing conflict between the Malatesta and Montefeltro families...

Discover the attraction The archaelogical area of Colombarone

The archaelogical area of Colombarone

The unique archaelogical area of Colombarone is in the heart of the San Bartolo Natural Park; the excavations started in 1983 by the University of Bologna....

Discover the attraction Gabicce Monte

Gabicce Monte

The historical roots of this suggestive place are all linked to the old village of Gabicce Monte, rising at 150 m above sea level, and whose original...

Discover the attraction Baia Marina vallugola - Gabicce Mare

Baia Marina vallugola - Gabicce Mare

Marina Vallugola is a small private marina, located about 5 km from Gabicce Mare. It provides quality services to pleasure boats, sailboats and motor boats,...


Itineraries to visit Gradara

Discover the itinerary On the Footsteps of Dante Alighieri: a journey in the Marche

On the Footsteps of Dante Alighieri: a journey in the Marche

The year 2021 marks the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri's death. In his Divine Comedy Dante described historical places and characters of the Marches, that are so important for the narration; he actually transformed them into icons and symbols of universal literature, by creating a special atmosphere, including myth and poetry

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