The route of Tastes of Rimini’s interland starts from Bellaria and Igea Marina, two well-known resorts nowadays united in a unique municipality. The Route starts from the trunk road number 16 heading South along the Uso river valley, and gets to Santarcangelo di Romagna.
The small city of Santarcangelo di Romagna, with its well-preserved historical centre dominated by the solid fortress, is known for many aspects: starting from theatre representations, the gastronomy and the numerous monuments and arriving to the old artisan-shops of printed cloths, the Ethnographic Museum, and the over a hundred “Jupiter’s caves” (Grotte di Giove), mysterious and ancient tufa caves dug in the city’s underground, probably once intended to preserve Sangiovese wine. The Route leads then to Poggio Berni, a fossiliferous land rich in palaces and nobiliary villas, but as well in water mills, some of them still working.
From this point, always heading South on the watershed between Uso’s and Marecchia’s Valleys, it’s possible to see Torriana‘s historical traces: remains of Malatestian’s Age relentless battles, fought as well in the close town of Montebello. In this suggestive medieval village’s misterious Fortress a legend tells that the lord’s doughter’s ghost still wanders. Some others courious things to visit in Torriana are the Water’s tree’s fountain, wanted by Tonino Guerra; the near Santuactuary of Saiano’s Madonna and the Torriana-Montebello’s faunistic Oasis. The itinerary goes on downhill and heads for Villa Verucchio.
The route goes up close to S. Francis’ convent – with the interesting church and the 23 meters tall cypress, believed to be planted by the Saint himself – and reaches the rocky spur on which Verucchio, “Malatesta family’s cradle”, lays. Important archaelogical centre and seat of a Civic Museum, Verucchio still shows the ancient hamlet dominated by the powerful Fortress, where the legend tells the history of Paolo and Francesca happened. Numerous churches are spread on the territory, particularly pretty are the Collegiata and S. Martin’s Parish. Sangiovese and Trebbiano wines are typical products of this land, and match the hearty cooking of both meat or fish. In Villa Verucchio there is as well an equipped 18 holes golfing course.
The itinerary goes back North-East, and heading Rimini crosswise Covignano’s hills’ olive groves. In Rimini’s famous centre it’s possible to visit Tiberio’s bridge and Augusto’s Arch, traces of the city’s roman origin, the mighty Sismondo Castle, the Malatestian Temple, and other noteworthy churches, beautiful palaces and the City Museum.
Once passed the stream and seen S. Saviour romanic parish, it’s possible to arrive in Coriano*, land of wines and of extra vergine olive oil. In the ancient castle’s remains it’s possible to appreciate the past of the land, and the blooming nature in Marano’s river’s park is excellent for open air activities. From Coriano, descending to the vally, is possible to arrive in Riccione, famous seaside resort called “the coast’s green pearl”. From the Angolanti’s castle going up the hill, you can get to the main axis of the Route. In this case you cross Misano Adriatico land, another well-known resort, provided with an equipped touristic dock and for S. Monica’s autodrome. From this part of the Route you pass throught S. Clement* peaceful centre, land par excellence of Sangiovese wine and ancient fortified hamlet with traces of the old walls. From here it’s possible to get to S. Savino’s pretty castled hamlet.
As you go up Marano’s valley, from the crossroad of S. Saviour’s parish, you enter in Conca’s valley through the land of Montescudo. After a stop in Valliano’s ethnographic museum, you can arrive to the province’s capital city, ancient defensive strategic point as proved by the Civic tower and the ruins of the walls. The local agricolture offers products as tasty potatos, while artisanship continues an ancient and firm tradition of terracottas. From this point the Route forks, proposing a trip to the suggestive karst caves and of Onferno’s Natural Reserve, close to the border with Marche region. On the other side, remaing on the ridge, it’s easy to get to to the close town of Montecolombo, another Malatesta’s family fortified village, today surrounded by exuberant country marked by olive grove and wineyards.
Since Seignority’s time, the medieval historical centre maintains the beautiful entrance door, the tower and the enclosure walls. In this area there’s the great tradition of pottery makers and a relevant gastronomic one, presenting tripe (trippa), strozzapreti and excellent raisin wines (Passiti). Crossing the villages of Croce and Osteria Nuova it’s possible to descend on the river’s shore directing South, to go then up again towards Gemmano, panoramic resort from where you can dominate the plain and Urbino’s land. This ancient fortified village, bulwark of the Gothic line, was theatre of a terrible battle between Allied and Germans in 1944, battle that led to the almost complete distruction of the town.
From this point you can leave the ridge and go down in the wild Ventena’s valley, and afterwards climb up and reach Montefiore Conca, “castrum inexpugnabile”, with its great panoramic effect and powerful Malatestian Fortress. Lively medieval centre, the village offers in every season spectacular and cultural attractions, with the particular scenery of the Fortress. Close to the broad olive groves, Montefiore is surrounded by Europe’s lowest chestnut woods. You can taste delicious chestnuts and a very good olive oil, beside a variety of typical cheese and every kind of wine.
Local tradition has a certain importance: you can find potter makers shops, carpenters and the last restorer of gigs and coaches. From the town of Montefiore it’s possible to descend again directing North and reach, on the shores of Conca River, Morciano di Romagna. This town is the biggest commercial centre of the valley, it has very ancient origins and it was seat of one of the Region’s most famous fairs. The centre of the town is characterized by liberty styled palaces and a fine XX century town-planning.
The Route runs, always on the pedemont street, across the Southest areas of the Province and arrives in Saludecio, with its medieval hamlet still surrounded by walls and ramparts with four XV century doors. City where important summer exhibitions take place, Saludecio shows different interesting architectures, for example the Museum of Saludecio and of Beato Amato.
Not to lose in this area is the typical food prepared with herbs. Few kilometres Souther it’s possible to find Mondaino, with its special semicircular square and the Malatestian Fortress, still surrounded by the ancient walls. The Fortress nowaday hosts the Paleontological Museum and praiseworthy paintings are located in S. Archangel Michael’s parish. A good production of cheese characterizes the area. From this point it’s easy to get to the wonderful city of Montegridolfo, with its ancient still-complete and fortified centre placed in a well-restored environnement surrounded by hills covered with olive groves and wineyards. It’s possible to enter the city through the formwork (cassero) with its XVI century’s tower, and the inside is composed by narrow streets, artisan-shops, taverns, the ancient village’s palaces and the Goti’s line Museum. Other important things to visit are the Le Grazie Blessed Virgin Sanctuary and S. Rocco’s church, with the valuable paintings in the inside.
Once back in Saludecio, the Route comes to an end descending to the sea, and touching S. Giovanni in Marignano, the ancient “Malatesta’s granary”, located in Conca’s Valley fertile plain, land of abundant and excellent wines. Few kilometres divide this point from the coast and the itinerary ends on the beach of Cattolica, the Southest door of the hundred kilomentres of Romagna Region’s Riviera’s bathing establishments. The itinerary through the tastes of Rimini’s land was for sure an unexpected and wonderful discovery, just few steps away from the lights of the world’s most famous Riviera.
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