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Comune di Gradara
Gradara II.jpg
Coat of arms of Gradara
Coat of arms
Gradara is located in Italy
Location of Gradara in Italy
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
Country Italy
Region Marche
Province / Metropolitan city Pesaro e Urbino (PU)
Frazioni Santo Stefano, Fanano alta, Fanano Bassa, Granarola, pievecchia
 • Mayor Franca Foronchi (since May 2006)
 • Total 17 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation 142 m (466 ft)
Population (December 31, 2004)
 • Total 3,361
 • Density 200/km2 (510/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Gradaresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 61012
Dialing code 0541
Patron saint San Terenzio
Saint day third 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 (40 minutes).

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.


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.

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See also[edit]

The Rocca (Castle) of Gradara.