Gradara

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Gradara
Comune di Gradara
Skyline of Gradara
Coat of arms of Gradara
Coat of arms
Location of Gradara
Gradara is located in Italy
Gradara
Gradara
Location of Gradara in Italy
Gradara is located in Marche
Gradara
Gradara
Gradara (Marche)
Coordinates: 43°56′N 12°46′E / 43.933°N 12.767°E / 43.933; 12.767Coordinates: 43°56′N 12°46′E / 43.933°N 12.767°E / 43.933; 12.767
CountryItaly
RegionMarche
ProvincePesaro e Urbino (PU)
FrazioniSanto Stefano, Fanano alta, Fanano Bassa, Granarola, pievecchia
Government
 • MayorFranca Foronchi (since May 2006)
Area
 • Total17.53 km2 (6.77 sq mi)
Elevation
142 m (466 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total4,888
 • Density280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Gradaresi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
61012
Dialing code0541
Patron saintSan Terenzio
Saint daythird sunday of September

Gradara is a town and comune in the Province of Pesaro e Urbino (PU), in the region of Marche in central Italy. It is 6 km from Gabicce Mare and Cattolica, 25 km from Rimini, 15 km from Pesaro and 33 km from Urbino.

The ancient town is characterized by a double line of medieval walls and by the massive Castle, one of the best preserved in Italy. It is famous as being the location of the episode of Paolo and Francesca described by Dante Alighieri in the V Canto of his Inferno.

History[edit]

The construction of the castle was begun in the 12th century by Pietro and Ridolfo del Grifo. Later, Malatesta da Verucchio captured the Grifo tower, which became the mastio of the current castle, which was to be finished in the 15th century.

After the Malatesta seignory, the town was conquered by the Sforza in the September 1289. Here, in 1494, arrived Lucrezia Borgia, wife of Giovanni Sforza. After a short domination of Lucrezia's brother, Cesare, Gradara was handed over to the della Rovere. After the end of the latter's dynasty, the city was administrated directly by the Popes.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

The Rocca (Castle) of Gradara.


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.