In dialect pronounced as “Catòlga”, to everyone else it is known as the town of Cattolica. Whatever we may call it, there is no doubt that we are talking about the “Queen of the Adriatic”, a small fishing village that has managed to make virtue out of necessity, thanks to the dedication of the small community of fishermen and boatmen, which has formed and developed in symbiosis with the Adriatic.
Its hinterland, however, will bring you back in time, to the centuries when these lands stirred with bitter disputes among the local Lords, the Montefeltro and the Malatesta Seigniories, a collection of ancient castles, impregnable towers, inaccessible walls and natural terraces offering breathtaking scenery.
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Imagine a winding road, surrounded by hills covered in pine forests, fragrant linden trees and yellow broom bushes, natural terraces that direct the gaze to wonder, lower, not far away, over the intense blue of the sea: this is the Panoramica, road that stretches from Gabicce to Pesaro in a succession of ups and downs, of twists and turns.
The Fortresses and the Castles of the Malatesta Seigniory
The Malatesta Seigniory … who are they you ask? The Malatesta House ruled the territory of Rimini and the surrounding area for approximately three centuries, from the end of the 1200‘s to the mid 1500’s. Surrounded by a picturesque and rugged landscape, offering views of towers, fortresses, castles and tranquil cobbled streets.
Gradara and Monte San Bartolo (MTB)
Trained and experienced bikers should circle this challenge in red: a distance of 40 km to an altitude of 1,211 m through the Park of Montalbano, San Giovanni in Marignano, Gradara, the Monte San Bartolo Park trails, Baia Vallugola and Gabicce.
The tour of the two Mountains (MTB)
Here is an ideal testing ground for bikers who wish to confront a demanding route of average difficulty with rugged slopes: a distance of 30 km with an altitude difference of 1,739 m. The tour departs from Montecerignone, just below the village fortress built during the 12th century by Buonconte of Montefeltro.
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|Difficulty Very hard|
|Elevation gain 1200mt|
|Elevation gain 1550mt|
|Elevation gain 650mt|