Beautiful, historic towns and cities
all within easy reach…
In this the north-central part of Italy there are a lot of exquisite cities full of history and art. Real gems testifying to the glorious past of this beautiful country. Take a look at the map and find out the distance from Cattolica. Everywhere there are wonderful points of interest to visit for a fascinating leap back to the past.
Capital of Tuscany, Florence is considered to be the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. It flourished under the rule of the Medici family and it has an enormous artistic heritage. Places to visit are: the Duomo (Cathedral), the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Pitti.
University town and capital of the Emilia Romagna region, Bologna is known for its historic centre of medieval origin. Particularly famous are the two noble towers in the heart of the city. Another famous symbol of Bologna's is the Piazza Maggiore which houses the great Basilica of San Petronio.
A UNESCO treasure, Ravenna is an historically important site. It was the capital of the Western Roman Empire and still holds ancient treasures such as the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare to the Mausoleum of Theodoric and the tomb of the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri.
San Marino is considered to be the oldest republic in the world. Located on Mount Titano not far from Rimini it consists of 9 castles divided into fractions called “curazie”. The old city has walls and medieval palaces which are recognizable by the crenellated towers.
Urbino is considered to be the cradle of the Italian Renaissance era and a jewel under the rule of Duke Federico da Montefeltro.
Many important artists, such as, Piero della Francesca worked at his court. The Ducal Palace is the city’s symbol and has its most important works of art, such as the famous Studiolo.
Gradara is a village on the border between the Romagna and Marche regions that has historically been dominated by the families of Malatesta, Sforza and Della Rovere. The most interesting feature of the beautiful village is undoubtedly the castle. Made famous by the "V Canto" of Dante's Inferno, the fortress was in fact the setting for the romance between Paolo & Francesca.
Rimini is the main centre of the Adriatic Riviera and a summer holiday resort of international renown. Located on the Adriatic sea, Rimini has countless hotels, nightclubs, beach facilities and entertainment! Rimini is also famous as the birthplace of the great film director Federico Fellini.