by car: A14 from Rimini Sud -exit Cattolica Gabicce.Then follow directions for Gradara.
by bus: from Cattolica to Gradara on the AS.PES bus line (Tel: 0721-6991)
by bike:Rimini - Riccione - Misano - Cattolica along the Statale Adriatica.
After Cattolica you will reach Gradara (after about 25 km) and, if you are tired, you may end the tour in the village.
Another alternative is to visit Gabicce Monte and Casteldimezzo by leaving Gradara, returning to the Strada Statale and making your way along very panoramic roads, thus lengthening the trip by just over 10km.
The route is of medium difficulty and should take about three hours.
The passion Paolo and Francesca lives on in the medieval village.
It is mentioned for the first time in documents from 1032 as "curte gradariae". Its origins are quite remote and the entrance archway to the village, given its unusual structure, is most certainly older than the walls and may date back to the Roman period. The walls surrounding the centre have passages which allow visitors, especially on summer nights, to enjoy an atmosphere and panorama that are truly enchanting. The Malatestas, who established themselves here around 1260, built the Castle which can still be visited today; in the palace Chapel there is a "Madonna and Saints" in glazed terracotta done by Andrea Della Robbia. Gradara's fame is however undeniably linked to Dante's poem and to the line "galleotto fu il libro e chi lo scrisse" which opens the tragic story of the love and death of Paolo and Francesca.
Gradara Castle opening time
Monday 8.30 - 13.00
from Tuesday to Sunday 8.30 - 18.30
Closed on 25th December and on 1st January
(Opening time may vary)
Guided Tour Booking office
tel. 0541/823036 - fax 0541/823035
Torture instruments, pictures and costumes reminding Paolo and Francesca's love affair and tragedy, scene of life from the peasan society, medieval caves.
Piazza V Novembre 8/9 Gradara
Tel. 338 1034043 - 0541 969586