Gabicce and Surrounding
The characteristic around-town train "Gabicce Express" enables you to reach any part of the town quite quickly and also takes you to GABICCE MONTE, where you can enjoy a wonderful panorama of the Adriatic Riviera. On fine days you can see as far as Cesenatico.
GRADARA CASTLE, theatre to the magic love affair between Paolo and Francesca, cited by the famous Italian poets Dante and Petrarca.
One of the most important venues of the summer is the "Siege of the Castle" the historical event of the season. A suggestive "direct" action replay with more than 150 actors dressed up as infantrymen, knights, artillerymen, archers and lots of special effects enabling us to relive an episode of the terrible siege of Gradara which took place in 1446.
Later the show continues inside the castle walls where you can observe the uses and traditions of the Middle Ages through performance of dances, exhibitions and battles. Pro loco Gradara Tel: +39 (0)541 964115 Cell: +39 333 7139615 [email protected]
The other line of the around-town train takes you to Cattolica.
From Gabicce Monte, towards the south, travelling by car along the panoramic route with its sheer falls over the sea, you enter the:
- San Bartolo natural parklands (well worth a visit), which protects all the headland area and extends for about 15 Km almost to the harbour in Pesaro.
- Vallugola bay Leaving the road you'll discover the ancient and delightful tourist harbour at the foot of the cliffs, now a meeting point for VIP Km 3. Reachable by foot from the beach after the headland, it'll appear as a dream island to you. Km. 1,5 From Gabicce, towards south on the SS16 road, in only a few minutes by car you can reach the 16th century.
- Fiorenzuola di Focara On the panoramic road which runs from Pesaro to Gabicce. A walled castle, its fascinating for its narrow streets which run in concentric circles towards the bell tower. Wonderful views of the coastline from the sheer cliff tops. Km 5.
- Villa Caprile with water themes and fountains in an elegant park. Km 10.
- Villa Imperiale ancient hunting lodge for the delight of the Della Rovere family. Free visits on Wednesdays during Summer. Bookings: 0721/69341 Km 10.
- Pesaro with the house where the musician Gioacchino Rossini was born, known as the "swan" of Pesaro and author of famous operas - Km 12
- Fano - the antique Fanum Fortunae, founded by the Romans, you can admire the medieval walls, the arch of Augustus, the church to Saint Michael, the Cathedral in Romanesque style, the theatre "della Fortuna", the church to Saint Mary (works of art of Raffaello and Perugino to be found inside) - Km 24.
In the hinterland you can visit:
- Urbino Home of the Montefeltro family, the Ducal Palace dates back to the Renaissance period, the house of the artist Raffaello, the picture gallery where you can admire the fantastic works of Piero della Francesca - Km 45.
- Fossombrone the pot holes and the Roman bridge. 55 Km.
- Acqualagna famous as the area of the production and market of the most prestigious truffles in Italy. An appointment not to be missed by gourmets is the National Truffle Exhibition held in November. - Km 50.
- Passo del Furlo travelling through this lovely countryside you can admire: Saint Vincent's Abbey, Vespasian's tunnel dating back to 69 A.D., Mussolini's profile (on the hill top), the Candigliano river, the dam, the Roman bridge, the Metauro valley where the battle between the Romans and Hasdrubal took place - Km 70.
- Mondavio known as the city of the birds and revealed in the town coat-of-arms dating back to medieval times belonging to the Pentapoli family from the town of Ravenna. The medieval fortress was designed by the architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini, fallow-deer "palio". - Km 50.
- Grotte di Frasassi The caves are open year round and offer a beautiful natural scenery with their stalagmites and stalactites, the guided visits are free of charge - Km 110.
- Loreto the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Loreto - Km 80.
Moreover, towards the north:
- Rocca di S. Leo , rises on a majestic rock dominating the middle part of the river Marecchia valley. Important town for its diverse historical and military events, first pagan then Christian. It was home to the hermit Leone from Dalmatia, who, together with his friend Marino, himself a hermit on Mount Titano, contributed to the introduction of Christianity in the Montefeltro area. Count Cagliostro died as a prisoner in the cells of the Fortress - Km 25.
- Repubblica di San Marino MARINO Legend has it that Marino, a mason from Dalmatia, arrived on Mount Titano and formed a small community of Christians who were persecuted by the emperor Diocletio. As the Roman Empire began to fall apart and before the power of the Popes was enforced, the citizens here began to form a sort of government: the Municipality who named their independence after the saint. Initially "Land of San Marino" then "Municipality of San Marino" finally "Republic of San Marino". A medieval town well preserved over the centuries with monuments, museums, works of art.....not to be missed by any visitor to the Riviera - Km 35.
Possible trips by bus:
S.Leo, S. Marino, Gubbio, Assisi, Grotte di Frasassi, Santuario di Loreto and art cities.