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Romagna’s loveliest old towns

Riccione is much more than just sea, watersports and night-life. It is a blue-shuttered window overlooking gentle hills, cherry orchards, scattered vineyards and small woods with streams running through them. Lots of itineraries to explore on mountain bike, on horseback or on foot.

It is well worth spending some time exploring the countryside that reaches back beyond the coastline. On the tops of the tallest hills stand perfectly preserved castles, breathtaking little architectural gems: the fort at San Leo, the towers of San Marino and the fortress of Montefiore Conca. Works of art and local craft products fit attractively into this natural setting. Visit the “places of the soul”, as local poet Tonino Guerra used to call them. Spend your holiday in freedom at our apartment hotel in Riccione.

Gemmano: in the heart of a nature reserve. Here many visitors book guided visits to the Grotte di Onferno caves, an exciting adventure for adults and children alike.

Mondaino: rich in history, this small town offers a museum of palaeontology, a ceramics museum and the Galanti private museum of piano accordions.

Montefiore Conca: one of “Italy’s loveliest medieval towns”, it has a stunning castle, built by the Malatesta family, crowning the hill. The view is breathtaking: on a clear day, the entire coastline from Fano to Ravenna is visible.

Montegridolfo: sights to see include the 14th Century Malatesta Castle and a fine painting by Cagnacci in the Church of San Rocco, as well as the famous Gothic Line museum.

Pennabilli: standing within the Sasso Simone and Simoncello Natural Park. The village hosts the 'Artisti in piazza' festival in June.

San Leo: the magnificent Renaissance castle, built above shear rock faces, is a splendid sight in its lovely natural setting. It contains the museum of military architecture. In summer, the town hosts the San Leo Festival and Alchimia Alchimie.

Sant'Agata Feltria: its origins lost in the mists of time, this delightful little town immersed in the green Apennine landscape has a perfectly preserved medieval centre. It is famous for its truffle festival, held in the autumn.

Santarcangelo di Romagna: A lovely little town with lots of little shops on narrow streets and historic palazzos standing on top of an underground network of caves and tunnels.

San Marino: the ancient republic with its tradition of liberty hosts events, festivals, music and drama all year round. Visitors should not miss the little churches in the town centre, Piazza della Libertà, the Palazzo Pubblico, the old Santa Chiara convent and the Teatro Titano.

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