Castello di Gradara, Gradara

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The 12th-century hilltop Castello di Gradara remains one of the region’s finest examples of medieval architecture, with an interior packed with authentic furnishings that were extensively restored in the 1920s. This medieval fortress is protected by two walls, the outermost of which extends for almost 800 m (2,600 ft), making it one of the area’s most imposing structures. The castle is one of the most visited monuments in this part of the country and is the scene of regular cultural and musical events. Legend has it that this site provided a romantic setting for the tragic story of star-crossed lovers Paolo and Francesca, who were immortalized in Dante’s "Divine Comedy." To explore the castle on a guided tour, remember to reserve your tickets by phone or online before you make the trip. Put Castello di Gradara on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Gradara trip itinerary website .
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  • I was returning from a weekend in Umbria, with my wife and, running on the highway, we noticed this beautiful fortress, on top of a hill. We drew and decided to get on it. Never was better, because we spent an unforgettable morning visiting a splendid Castle, perfectly restored in which our history speaks: one of the many wonderful things that, sometimes, we don't have and don't know it. If passed, stop, but also as a destination isn't to bad. Roberto55
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  • Families Borgia, Sforza, Malatesta and others have crossed lives, marriages and destinies in this castle. The last owner bought this castle in 1920 for around three million pounds and has spent on renovations and buying furniture and fine furnishings. He rebuilt a room in which we celebrate the unfortunate love story of Paolo and Francesca even through a dummy with a suit of scene used by Eleonora Duse. Added to the picture gallery with a beautiful painting on the Nativity of Raffaello's father in which the face of Jesus is of the little lady's wife's face, Raphael and John the Baptist is his self-portrait. A beautiful glazed terracotta by Andrea Della Robbia dominates the altar on the ground floor.
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  • Just half a day to visit Gradara. Accompanied with a great lunch and spend a magnificent day. Ample parking, especially in low season. To do the rounds on the walls. Recommended!
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  • Magnificent castle and surroundings, a must see, in August there is a festival called The Magic Castle that takes place there , absolutely worth seeing.
  • Astonishing medieval castle which will take you back a few centuries, to a time of markets, cosy brick houses, strong tower walls and happy locals. On certain days you might be troubled by tourists from all countries, but you can easily lose yourself in the small roads in the city and keep the authentic historical feel going. Highly recommended to visitors of all ages! (Just ignore those cheap gadgets...)
  • Large brick castle...I think 1.5 hours is more than enough to see it all if going daytime. Nothing out of this world but some nice views. If getting the train/bus from Cattolica don't get the 11.00am one as the next return was 3.40pm.
  • I visited this place during a school trip when I was in secondary school. Very nice and full of history.
  • A visit to a real story tale. A legend that living

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