Beyond the sea and sand…
THRILLING EXPERIENCES AROUND CATTOLICA
A few minutes from the Hotel Moderno Majestic in Cattolica, from the sea to the hinterland, the landscape changes into green hills and inviting villages. You can make walks, excursions, as well as exciting experiential visits between culture, nature, flavors.
Cattolica is the perfect starting point for short trips to charming places like the Monte San Bartolo Natural Park that offers a splendid view of the gulf. Just a short distance away, visit Gradara Castle, place of the love story between Paolo and Francesca.
For golfers, the Riviera Golf in San Giovanni in Marignano is just a few minutes from Lungomare Relax and offers an 18 hole course, a practice field and is host to important tournaments.
The Valle del Conca offers many tourist sites including the charming villages of Saludecio and Mondaino, the majestic Montefiore fortress and, in Valmarecchia, you can find the fortress of Verucchio, the splendid town of San Leo and the castle of Montebello in Poggio Torriana.
Rimini offers cultural treasures like the Arch of Augustus, the Tiberius Bridge, the Malatesta Temple, the Surgeon’s House and an important museum.
In the neighboring region, Le Marche, homeland of Rossini and Raphael, in the splendid Montefeltro territory, visit the Renaissance city of Urbino, a candidate for being City of Culture, as is Ravenna in Romagna. The latter, has an artistic culture that takes us back to the Byzantine Empire and, like other places in the surroundings of Cattolica, has been mentioned by the great poet Dante Alighieri in his works.
All this offers a vacation filled with emotion, knowledge, experience.
– THE TERRITORY NEARBY CATTOLICA –
9 Km. from Hotel Moderno Majestic
Gradara is in the Marche region and is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the hinterland, located just a few minutes from the Riviera Romagnola. It is one of the “I Borghi più belli d’Italia” (the best small towns of Italy) and has been awarded the “Bandiera Arancione” (orange flag) by the Touring Club.
Its evocative and majestic castle reminds us the legend of the love story between Paolo and Francesca, a story that has always fascinated tourists and visitors, making Gradara famous the world over.
The territory of Gradara is rich in olive trees, vineyards and boasts an age old culinary tradition. The Fortress was built around the 12th century by Pietro and Ridolfo De Grifo and witnessed a succession of reigns under the Sforza and Della Rovere families.
In Gradara you can admire the grounds of the Rocca Malatestiana and visit its inner salons where the period furniture is well preserved. A walk on the embattlements offers a splendidly unique panorama by day and at sunset, and the evening promises emotions and relaxation.
Gradara, where a Museum conserves 1500 years of history, is host to many events, the main one being the historical re-enactment of the “Assedio al Castello” (Siege of the Castle), along with “Giovedì al castello” (Thursday at the Castle), “Solsfizio al castello”, “The Dragon Castle”, “Gradara d’amare” and “Il castello di Natale” (The Christmas Castle), all perfect for all the family.
17 Km. from Hotel Moderno Majestic
Montefiore Conca holds a strategic, and very beautiful position. It is part of the “I Borghi più belli d’Italia” (the best villages of Italy) and holds the “Bandiera Arancione” (orange flag) of the Italian Touring Club. The Rocca of Montefiore, a majestic and fascinating Malatesta fortress, dominates the Valle del Conca from above and is surrounded by woodlands and countryside, while the horizon offers a glimpse of the blue Adriatic Sea and the city of Morciano di Romagna in the foothills.
Montefiore Conca is an enjoyable destination, regardless of the season of the year. It offers ancient paths to discover on foot, on horseback or by bike. The trails from the Pedrosa lead to Gemmano and the Grotte di Onferno, through the hills or along the Ventena river.
Montefiore offers a variety of events: in summer, “Rocca di Luna” is the most important, with art and entertainment; in autumn there are a number of wine and gastronomy initiatives that bring to mind the fragrance and flavors of the earth; and, in winter, during the Christmas season, the Presepe vivente (Live Nativity Scene) of Montefiore Conca always attracts numerous visitors.
21 Km. from Hotel Moderno Majestic
Mondaino, in the Valle del Conca, overlooks the Adriatic Sea and the Montefeltro territory.
Historically, the Umbrians and the Romans reigned here, giving origin to the ties between the town and Diana, goddess of the hunt. Mons Damarum, as it was once called because the fallow deer pastured here, was then transformed into Mondaino, gaining importance under the Malatesta family.
Today, entering the town from Porta Marina, there is a beautiful semicircular square with a neoclassic portico, the set for important historic re-enactments and shows. Outside the walls, nature and the rural beauty of hills and sea, green thickets and countryside take over the scene.
As you walk or cycle through the small villages that make up Mondaino, we have the sensation of returning to a place once lost in time.
Mondaino is not lacking in the “Ghiottoni”, narrated by Fabio Tombari, famous author of ironic tales on provincial life. You especially see them “Il Palio del Daino” (the most important, authentic and well organized summer event) and in the autumn, at the “Fossa Tartufo e Cerere”, in the season of truffles, new olive oil and fossa cheese.
15 Km. from Hotel Moderno Majestic
Saludecio, in the Valle del Conca, rises among rolling, fertile hills. Ancient settlements from the Roman Epoch and the Dark Ages are testimony that this was a rich and powerful city, also home to Santo Amato Ronconi, an important religious figure to whom the Sanctuary and Museum are dedicated.
Saludecio was an important player in the continuous disputes between the Malatesta and Montefeltro families. The fortress and the vast city walls were built from the 13th to the 15th centuries. Following the reign of the Malatesta family, powerful families had prestigious palaces built, while intellectuals and local artists like Guido Cagnacci gained great fame. In the years to follow, an important church was built and the town became the administrative center of the valley.
The elegant town center, with 19th century austerity and surrounded by a gentle, extended countryside, is an alternation of refined buildings, important sacred buildings and the simpler village houses.
The two most important events which have become tradition over the years are “SalusErbe” and “800 Festival”, which were joined by “800NNT”, dedicated to the Noire theatre. The painting of murals on the walls of the houses during the Festival, before a live audience, has allowed Saludecio to become part of the “Città dei muri dipinti” (Cities of painted walls).
50 Km. from Hotel Moderno Majestic
San Leo is among “I Borghi più Belli d’Italia” (the best small towns of Italy) and holds the “Bandiera Arancione” (orange flag) of the Italian Touring Club. Mentioned by Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy, it gave Montefeltro its name.
It rises on an imposing rocky mass with steep walls that has been of both important religious and military value since ancient times. In the 3rd century BC, the Romans built a fortification on the highest peak.
The historic center of San Leo conserves its original beauty. The ancient Romanesque buildings include: the Pieve, the Cathedral and the Bell Tower, which are flanked by numerous buildings from the Renaissance like the Palazzo Mediceo (now the Museum of Sacred Art) and Palazzo Della Rovere (today’s City Hall).
The heart of San Leo is a square named after Dante who was a guest here, as was S. Francis of Assisi. On the highest point of the mountain, is the Fortress of Francesco di Giorgio Martini, where Giuseppe Balsamo, known as Count Cagliostro, was imprisoned until his death.
“AlchimiAlchimie” is the most important summer event held in San Leo. Over the years it has attracted numerous participants, particularly esoteric fans. Another important summer event is the “San Leo Festival”.
40 Km. from Hotel Moderno Majestic
In 1998 Urbino became part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It is an expression of Renaissance beauty and a cultural destination for tourists from the world over.
Its origins date back to the Romans and, thanks to the contribution of the government under Federico da Montefeltro, it became a modern and functional city.
It is the birthplace of Raphael Sanzio, painter and architect, whose house is currently open for visits.
The Ducal Palace, built under the auspices of Federico da Montefeltro, with its beautiful salons, its famous façade with the small towers and an exemplary court yard, is an admirable example of architecture. Today it hosts the National Gallery of the Marche with paintings by Piero della Francesca, Laurana and Raphael.
The 15th century frescoes in the Oratorio di San Giovanni, the Cathedral and the Sanzio Theater are of particular interest.
Walking in Urbino is quite an undertaking because of the steep streets, even in the center of the city, but the architectural beauty and the view of Montefeltro are well worth the effort. Seat of the prestigious University of Urbino, the city was a candidate for the “European Cultural Capital” in 2019. One of the city’s most important events is the “Festa del Duca”, not to mention many exhibitions, given that the city is loved by important cultural figures, like Vittorio Sgarbi.
43 Km. from Hotel Moderno Majestic
Defined as “Culla dei Malatesta” (Cradle of the Malatesta Family), Verucchio is located in the first rocky rises when coming from the sea. It has been awarded the “Bandiera Arancione” (orange flag) of the Italian Touring Club and in addition to being a beautiful town, its overhanging fortress is a very interesting observation point for taking in a vast and enchanting panorama from the sea to the hinterland.
Mastin Vecchio, the centenary family’s founding father, mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy, lived here. Much earlier, between the 10th and 11th centuries BC, Verucchio hosted the great Villanovan culture, the testimony of which is seen in the numerous necropolises and settlements, as well as very valuable findings kept in the Civil Archeological Museum in the ancient Augustinian Monastery. Other monuments include the Porta del Passarello, the Chiesa della Collegiata and the Pieve Romanica.
A walk through the city center highlights its medieval aspects, confirming the importance of the Nobility in the development of this place which also grew and was prosperous in the centuries to follow, laying the ground work for its current cultural and touristic importance. Today, Verucchio is an important golf destination, thanks to the Rimini Golf Club, with an 18 hole course, club house and practice course on the prestigious and charming Tenuta Amalia.
A variety of important historical, musical and food & wine events characterize the city of Verucchio, the most important being the “Verucchio Festival”, held in July and directed by Ludovico Einaudi, of renowned fame.
REPUBLIC OF SAN MARINO
35 Km. from Hotel Moderno Majestic
San Marino is the oldest Republic of Europe. It rises on Monte Titano, easily recognizable from Misano Adriatico on the Rimini coast, which characterizes the territory, along with the historic center of the city which became one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2008.
In proportion to the number of inhabitants, San Marino attracts the greatest number of visitors, who come to see the historic center with its numerous stores for shopping, its ancient squares, buildings, museums, churches and medieval houses built in stone which have remained unchanged through the centuries.
The three fortresses, connected one to the other, rise on the summit of Monte Titano, with walls and embattlements that offer a breathtaking panorama.
In this ancient land there are nine castles which represent the administrative units which make up the Republic, each of which conserves its secrets.
Many events attract the public to the San Marino territory, including artistic events, historic re-enactments, musical festivals and international sporting events.