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Gradara (Italy) Medieval castle

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.

Tourist office: +39 0541 – 964673;  +39 3311520659; info@gradarainnova.com

Assedio al castello Paolo e Francesca Gradara

Assedio al castello (Siege to the castle)
The 3rd week-end of July

What to visit:

Rocca: Medieval Castle of the 13th -15th cent
Open every day from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm
Monday afternoon closed

Camminamenti di ronda: The Patrol Walkways
mon. – sat.
9:00am –  1:00pm
2:00pm – 5:30pm

10:00am – 5:30pm

In summer opening by night (the Castle thu-sat; the Walkways every day)

Tickets Castle+Walkways
€ 7.00 adults over 25
€ 4,00 18>24; € 1.00 under 18
Children under 10: free

Historical museum
tel. 0541 969586
cell. 338 1034043

Teatro dell’aria (Falconry centre)
Tel. 342.7683929

Gradara War Cemetery
1,191 Commonwealth burials of the II World War
1 km from Gradara Castle
permanently open

official web site www.cwgc.org