Web Site: www.gradara.org
Remembered from the reports of 300-400 as the "Country of the Pacts".
Today is a place full of pleasant surprises, such as the attractive square, the castle with its panorama stretching away to the mountains and down to the sea, and mysterious tunnels beneath the town itself that are said to be haunted.
Then there are picturesque streets and alleys, stately mansions, and a museum with fascinating display of the fossilised remains of the animals that inhabited this territory millions of years ago.
Other attractions include a botanical park with an interesting collection of Mediterranean plants and trees, and the local residents are experts to organize fairs, festivals and other lively events.
Web Site: www.mondaino.com
Montebello has one of the most beautiful and best-preserved fortresses in Romagna with the unusual feature of having foundations that rest on the peak of the mountain itself.
In Latin, "Mons Belli" means the Mount of War and indeed it has witnessed numerous assaults, starting with the Malatesta family in 1186.
After about 200 years the Montefeltro family conquered it and the fortress remained in their possession until 1438 when Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta once again conquered it.
Today Montebello Castle is owned by the Guidi di Bagno family.
Montebello Castle is a popular destination for numerous tourists, drawn here by the legend of Azzurrina, an eight-year old girl who disappeared mysteriously inside the fortress while playing with a ball.
Web Site: www.castellodimontebello.com
The facts and legends surrounding the life of this extraordinary alchemist, doctor, magician and freemason are hard to separate.
It ended with his sentence to death by the Holy Inquisition for heresy.
His sentence was commuted to life imprisonment which he served here at San Leo.
But this was to bring him little comfort.
He died a long agonising death, imprisoned first in the castle's so-called Treasury Room and then confined in the 'pozzetto', where he died after four long years, refusing to take the sacrament.
Web Site: www.comune.san-leo.ps.it