In the hinterland of Riccione history, culture and traditions blend with adventure, sport and local curiosities, opening in front of you evocative and moving paths.
The territory offers different opportunities to the lovers of a dynamic and energetic physical activity, with wide possibilities of performing all the sport activities that you prefer, but with its gentle hills and its soft and verdant valleys, it is also perfect to welcome you and cradle you in relaxing and restful atmospheres.
How can you not fall in love with the backcountry of Romagna? The more you take part to Excursions in the Hinterland of Riccione to discover its treasures, the more you will be enchanted and seduced. Visit the adjacent burgs and castles to learn about the culture of the population of Romagna shielded still untouched within ancient walls and medieval villages kept intact like small jewels.
The towns of the coast, towards the sea, are gently nestled by hilly villages, painted and scented by flowers and seasonal fruits.
Visit the castles, the fortresses, the burgs of the two gentle valleys surrounded by Conca and Marecchia rivers, overlooked by welcoming and typical villages.
In the countryside of Val Conca, we can find fields with precious cultivations like grapevine and olive tree, farmhouses and ancient burgs. A few steps away from the sea, through the small roads deep in the green, we find Coriano and his ancient Castle that the Malatestas started building from 1440.
Visit Coriano and the SIC’s museum.
Continuing on Valle della Signoria (the Signoria’s Valley) we meet Gemmano, deep in the most uncontaminated and unexpected nature. The wild vegetation invades in luxuriant alternation with the cultivated fields, while, unexpected, small valleys appear to you with real naturalist treasures.
Not to be absolutely missed, the visit to the suggestive and spectral Grotte di Onferno (Onferno Caves), bats included, as well as the natural reservation that surrounds them: a national heritage.
Visit Gemmano and the famous Grotte di Onferno.
It was named after the old tradition of many deers grazing and gathering in this area around the ancient temple dedicated to Diana.
In the Middle Age, the settlement was transformed into a sturdily fortified village, pivotal point of Signoria dei Malatesta to monitor the boundaries of the lands of the rival Montefeltros.
Visit Mondaino and take part to one of the best historical events of Emilia Romagna: Palio del Daino (The Palio of the Deer)
Or visit Mulino della Porta di Sotto where the famous Formaggio di Fossa (Fossa Cheese) of Mondaino is produced.
Visit Montecolombo, the small village that softly lays on a hill that dominates the flow of the Conca river and the underlying valley. Destination for many cyclists or tourists of the hinterland of Emilia Romagna.
The historic centre conserved the traits of the fortified burg and it’s surrounded by big verdant spaces.
Visit Montefiore Conca, it is the Medieval capital of Valle del Conca and it is one of the villages founded by the Malatestas that is preserved intact, as to fall within the prestigious national circuit of the “Most beautiful Burgs of Italy”. The rock fortress, wonderful and evocative with its night lighting, stands out majestic on the underlying valley, offering unique glimpses, with its severe and mighty layout.
In addition to Rocca Malatestiana you can also go to the event Rocca di Luna that celebrates the mystery and the moon.
Visit Montegridolfo, one of the best kept fortified villages of Romagna. The burg, surrounded with high walls, has been recently renovated. Deem of a visit are the gateway, dated back to 1500, Palazzo Viviani, rose on the ruins of the old castle and it is now designated to a hotel, Trebbio of Montegridolfo and Church of San Rocco. A walk in the centre lets you enjoy beautiful glimpses of the landscape with view on the entire coast of Romagna.
Visit Montescudo, this last outpost had an important role on the defensive layout of the Malatestas since it is adjacent to the Montefeltro. Not to be missed the castle of Albereto with its mighty walls, the three circular towers, the belfry and the overlook balcony. Stop also at Via San Paolo dell’Olmo where is kept a rare example of medieval ice house. Go down and visit also Church of Pace di Trarivi, ancient parish church with a museum annexed.
Visit Morciano di Romagna, it’s the natural shopping centre of Valconca. Modern town for social and commercial life of Valle del Conca, it marks the passage point between the valley and the hills.
It became flourishing in the last hundred years, it testifies its ancient origins of intersection and commercial exchange with the old exposition of San Gregorio, still one of the most important of Romagna.
Visit Saludecio. The road goes up sloping and regular through mild hills extended to reach the burg that, between 1500 and 1800, was the most important of this part of Val Conca. Still untouched are the refined buildings mixed with the little houses of the burg to create at the same time a noble and folk style.
We suggest a visit to Porta Marina, Piazza del Beato and Church of San Biagio. Not to be absolutely missed, Ottocento festival, an event organized in the middle of the summer, during which the entire village lives again the atmosphere, the arts and the trades of the nineteenth century.
Thanks to this event, many walls of the ancient burg have been decorated with paintings that retrace the events and images of the Italian 800s.