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“Lovers flock to Gradara united in honouring Dante's verses of luurrvve.”

Castello di Gradara
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Gradara
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Italy boasts some of the grandest driving attractions anywhere on planet earth. Whilst in one of my favourite regions, the Marche, we drove to Gradara,a famous little town inherent with impressive beauty and the big hook of being linked with a episode of paolo and Francesca,sung by Dante in the Inferno.

The four verses taken from the Divine Comedy allow Gradara to be regarded as "a lovers town". if you have ever read Dante's take on the sin of love, through his pitiful and human eye,you will understand why,for centuries,Paolo and Francesca have represented the height of amorous literature.

As usual i have digressed. The lines of tourists visiting the the castle,move silently,but excitedly ato see the room where the lovers declared their love to each other and the trap-door through which they tried to escape from the revenge of her husband. So cuckold-ness is cool as long as the celebrity- couple declare pure love.... Hmmmmmm.

The fortress is square with turrets on its corners with an impressive polygonal keep,built in the 13th century,it contains an armoury and even a torture chamber. Even if i thought the fortress exceptionally interesting,one cannot but be swooned by the charm of the village,well preserved and surrounded 14th century boundary walls. A wide gate in these walls leads to the Town hall,in which interesting paintings by Raphael's father are displayed.

From the keep of the fortress there is a marvellous view of of the landscape from Taviola valley to Gabicce.

Thank Eli B
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

The twelfth-century hilltop castle (Rocca di Gradara) remains a fascinating example of mediaeval architecture and has a number of fascinating features and frescoes. The medieval features and furnishings were actually extensively restored in the 1920s by an art lover, but this was done so sensitively that the experience really feels true to mediaeval times.
In addition the environs are generally clean and tidy, though we did find some handrails made greasy by the hands of visiting children! There is plenty for interested children and adults to see.
There is no lift and some long staircases to get to the main rooms.

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Reviewed 12 October 2013

This castle and the grounds surrounding the castle are well worth a visit the admission fee into the castle is a very good price at €5 there is lots to see the people in side were very helpful and friendly overall we really enjoyed our visit . Would visit again and spend more time exploring what we may have missed on the first visit .10/10

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Reviewed 15 September 2013

you are immediately projected in the middle age and you feel exactely like a middle age men ,fantastic food and wine and a lot of souvenirs to buy .

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Reviewed 6 September 2013

It was 30 years ago that i visited Gradara castle,we went on an excursion from our hotel at night,it was a meal and then a disco with lots of lovely italian music also.it was such a memorable evening,i have never forgotten it.Maybe god willing i may return one day.

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