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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  • We'll be back after 12 years plentiful and it's like I remembered it, a show! The journey by train is really nice and I recommend it.
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  • Characteristic Castle to visit both inside and from above to get an overview. 25, 25 4 7 cost over under.
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  • I visited the castle during the event "Gradara magic Castle". The place is lovely, it exudes a medieval air, all very well preserved. The show was enjoyable for us adults and downright magical for my 3 years old that she wouldn't stop laughing and amazed by everything that was happening. We also visited the Castle inside (the visit is free the first Sunday of the month) the guide was very prepared and passionate and has left us with all the details the story of Paolo and Francesca narrated by Dante and that in that Castle and in those rooms had taken place. If you have very young children and with the stroller count on to do a little bit of effort since the castle is on top and the climbs are steep in some cadi. In my opinion it's worth it. Highly recommended!
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  • I visited this place during a school trip when I was in secondary school. Very nice and full of history.
  • At 142 metres above sea level, rises Gradara, theatre of the tragic love story of Paolo and Francesca, mentioned by Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio and D’Annunzio. The first construction dates back to 1150, the same date as the medieval tower. Later, the Malatesta made the entire castle build around the tower, incorporating it into two tall and towered city walls. Then Sforza’s epoch came which gave the castle the typical atmosphere of the Reinassance. With the premature death of young Constanzo, the Sforza dynasty ceased, and in 1513 Francesco Maria Della Rovere became lord. In 1631 the mannor, along with the Dukedom of Pesaro and Urbino, became part of the Papal State. These were years of decay. In 1920 Zanvettori, an engineer from Milano, bought the fortress and restored it.
  • Beautiful historic castle mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy
  • Very nice place to visit. Historic and educational. You have to walk some stairs so be prepared. Great view and facilities.
  • Beautifully restored castle

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