Gradara castle’s history, what to see, Paolo and Francesca

gradara castle
gradara castle

Where is, what to visit in Gradara, history and visit the castle where the story takes Dante ended tragically lovers Paolo and Francesca.

How to get to Gradara

Located in the Marche region in the province of Pesaro and Urbino, near the border with Emilia Romagna, the village of Gradara stands on a hill with its magnificent fortress, famous mansion in medieval and Renaissance, known for being the scene of the story Dante’s Divine Comedy, about the story of Paolo and Francesca, the two lovers who were killed here because of their passion.

To get to Gradara by car, you should take the A14 and exit at Catholic, after taking the SS16 following signs to Pesaro, then those for Gradara Center.

Alternatively you can get there by bus, taking advantage of the frequent connections from Pesaro or Catholic.

History of the Castle of Gradara

In the second half of the twelfth Griffo family built a watchtower, then it was the Malatesta to carry out interventions fundamental to the structure transforming it into an elegant mansion.

Expansion of military were made between 1442 and 1462 by Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, some embellishments were added by Giovanni Sforza, while other interventions date back to 1726 by Cardinal Annibale Albani.

In addition to the Malatesta and Sforza Castle it belonged to the family Della Rovere, in 1641 the property passed to the Papal States.

From 1775 to 1790, it was owned by the Marquis Barzi, then after a long period of decline fell into ruin.

In 1919 the fortress was purchased by Umberto Zanvettori who made a major restoration of the fortress and walls, spending all his possessions, so in 1927, a year before his death, he decided to sell the property to the state, maintaining the ‘ usufruct in favor of his wife Alberta Porta Christmas, that being much younger than him, died in 1983.

What to see Castle Gradara

– The Rock through a fascinating journey inside concerning the military and residential related to all the historical figures who lived in his rooms.

– The walls that surround and protect the castle with a double ring, the walkways are passable in part and allow you to enjoy the beautiful panorama.

– The Museum of Gradara located in Piazza V November contains ancient objects and documents regarding the fascinating history of the village.