Granola Castle was strongly linked to the agricultural economy of the area around him. Its name comes from the term granarium with the addition of the suffix iolus, granariolus, which means, small barn.

In December 2008 BRANDINA begins the restoration of the ancient Castle of Granarola, one of the precious few remaining castles of the lands of Malatesta. In the belief that the artistic, historical and architectural Italian heritage should be preserved, BRANDINA took care privately of the purchase and the complete renovation of the Castle.

The love for the land kicked off the project, together with the desire to getting around the degradation, the artistic and historical neglect thatdisfigures the beautiful country.

BRANDINA has dedicated their ideas and energies to this restoration, to bring in 4 years the complete structure to its ancient glory. The building site has involved laborers of the area and local professionals, preserving the architectural identity of the Castle and redesigning its interiors.
In continuity with the unique history of this place, the name of the Castle wasn’t changed.





The Gradara Castle stands out in the Gradara’s hills. The castle become fortresses in medieval times when Malatesta were the lords of the surrounding lands. The fortress is still well preserved and you can find historic weapons and armor exhibition inside. Moreover, the Gradara Castle is famous for Paolo and Francesca’s legend. The Gradara Castle hosts musical, theater and artistic events and historical re-enactments. The most known are ‘’Assedio al Castello” and the “Magic Castle”.

2,6 km
6 min


The constant contamination of the hilly landscape and the sea are the characteristics of the territory where the San Bartolo Park is located. It is a strategic point to immerse yourself in a walk in nature and through paths in the forest. It connects Marche and Emilia Romagna. Along the way there are some buildings of historical importance: the Jewish cemetery, a small convent, a church and the Paleontological museum. The Park protects its territory and biodiversity. This will is common to the Castle of Granarola: leading to a direct experience with the landscape. The local poet Tonino Guerra loved refer to these places as “painted landscapes”.

3,6 km
8 min


Fiorenzuola di Focara was a Roman settlement and together with the castles of Granarola, Casteldimezzo and Gradara formed together the defensive system of the Fiorenzuola castrum. The name of Fiorenzuola di Focara refers to the fires, the highest ones, lighted up to the top of the mountain to attract the attention of the sailors. From Fiorenzuola di Focara you can reach really suggestive beaches and the coves. You can also visit the medieval village with the bell tower of the Church of Sant’Andrea. Focara is quoted by Dante in the Divine Comedy: these verses were reported in one of the city portals of the 1600s.

4,4 km
9 min


Casteldimezzo is part of the ideal route that starts from the Castle of Granarola, continues with the Gradara Castle and then with the San Bartolo Park. The territory was under the Roman dominion and later, it was ruled by the Malatesta’s. therefore it is a concentrate of history. Traces of the past are preserved in the structure and in raw materials that the lords used to built their fortresses. The village of Casteldimezzo offers a spectacular view of the sea and Marche hinterland. The medieval fortification system, the walls and the only tower, protects the small town.

4,4 km
9 min


Gabicce Monte is a small group of houses in the middle of green, rural landscape. The paths, like that of Coppo, lead from Gabicce Monte to the beach and the sea below. You can enjoy pleasant walks and choose to spend a day en plein air. Gabicce historically was born as a monastic settlement around the monastery of Sant’Ermete. Then became part of the Malatesta’s lands. Between Gabicce and Casteldimezzo there is the Vallugola bay, an inlet is protected by a promontory and is perfect for a relaxing day.

5,1 km
9 min


Cattolica is located on the Adriatic sea and it preserves its history as a port city: in the central square there is a boat-shaped fountain and around it there are many bars and clubs. Today it preserves villages and a natural park in which you can organize excursions. The building that once housed the aquarium was a marine colony and now allows you to learn more about the sea. The Cattolica Riviera hosts events and evocative festivals, like the fair of the Madonna del Mare. It is a procession that involves boats taking the image of the Madonna into open sea and leaving a crown for the sailors who died in the sea. Meanwhile typical fish grills known as “Rustide” are organized in the harbour. During the evening of the fair the sky lights up with fireworks.

Cattolica is located on the Adriatic sea and it preserves its history as a port city: in the central square there is a boat-shaped fountain and around it there are many bars and clubs. Today it preserves villages and a natural park in which you can organize excursions. The building that once housed the aquarium was a marine colony and now allows you to learn more about the sea. The Cattolica Riviera hosts events and evocative festivals, like the fair of the Madonna del Mare. It is a procession that involves boats taking the image of the Madonna into open sea and leaving a crown for the sailors who died in the sea. Meanwhile typical fish grills known as “Rustide” are organized in the harbour. During the evening of the fair the sky lights up with fireworks.

8,9 km
13 min


Pesaro surrounded by its town walls allows you to spot and protect yourself from possible attacks from the sea. Pesaro boasts a history linked to the Lordships that have alternated on these lands and strengthened their power by building towers, castles and churches. In the old town of Pesaro there is the birthplace of Gioacchino Rossini, now transformed into a small museum with objects and memories of the composer. An event connected to this prominent figure is the Rossini Opera festival. Pesaro is a men and bike oriented city, characterized by the numerous cycle paths. Those who prefer to move in an eco-friendly way can gear up to discover the sites of cultural and historical interest of the city of Pesaro by cycling.

12,4 km
16 min


Riccione is a beautiful seaside town that becomes alive with colors and life especially during the summer thanks to its beautiful beaches and numerous events especially musical ones. Another place of entertainment is Aquafan. Surely, it is the chicest area of the entire Romagna Riviera thanks to the numerous luxury hotels and also to the high-end fashion shops on the famous Viale Ceccarini. In 1934 Benito Mussolini bought holiday mansion (today this mansion has been restored and it’s open to the public). Every year you should keep an eye on the calendar of theatrical performances in the space dedicated to Pier Vittorio Tondelli. During the summer, the beach is animated by the music of DJ sets organized by Samsara.

15,9 km
21 min


The village of Saludecio is characterized by the Porta Montanara, the Civic Tower and the Navy’s Door. The evocative historical climate of Saludecio is underlined by events such as the 19th century Festival, an event full of shows, music, markets and exhibitions, dedicated to this historical period. The Castle of Cerreto is one of the best preserved villages. Near Saludecio there is Montegridolfo, another village built during the government of Sigismondo: the rectangular plan of the city and the tower that stands out from the city walls are its symbols.

17,7 km
28 min


Mondaino is located in the hills of the Foglia river valley in the province of Rimini. The name Mondaino can be translated as the mountain of the deers, animals sacred to the Goddess of hunting Diana. Also Mondaino was owned by the Malatesta family, who had to defend it from enemies, like the Montefeltro’s. Mondaino was a real impregnable fortress. The particularity of the village is the circular square behind the castle built in the 800 and the porch of the same period that runs around it. The square becomes an open-air theater for events, among the most remarkable and internationally known there is the Palio del Daino. This historical re-enactment are held tournaments and performances of jugglers, minstrels and waders. Even the locals like the taverns disguise themselves to recall the medieval life. Other activities you can do are: the spring walk, and Fossa Tartufo & Venere.

18,4 km
29 min


Montefiore is part of a tour of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The Malatesta dynasty reigned in what today are the valleys between Emilia Romagna and the Marche. Montefiore clings to the hill and at a distance you can see its fortress built with a defensive purpose, over time it has been transformed into a residence. Inside are preserved a series objects that allow to rebuild the medieval lifestyle. Among the initiatives related to this place suspended in history we have ‘Rocca di Luna’. On the streets are organized shows, music, poetry and art events. To appreciate the typical flavors there are also the Chestnut Festival and the Olive Festival. For traditional Good Friday the procession in costume is reminiscent of the passion of Christ.

23,5 km
36 min


The city of Rimini stands out for its constant organization of events such as fairs in the wellness and catering world, capable of attracting people from allover the world. Historically also Rimini was a Roman property and even today you can find: the Via Flaminia, the Arch of Augustus, the Surgeon’s Domus and the Tiberius Bridge. Even the typical piadina seems a meal originated during the Roman civilization. Another key to read Rimini is linked to the figure of Federico Fellini who was inspired for his movies by his hometown. Rimini is culturally lively and offers a calendar of many events including theatrical performances and open-air shows: the most evocative ones are organized in Castel Sismondo. Leon Battista Alberti designed the Malatesta Temple fpr will of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta. During the summertime Rimini turns into a lively city with clubs and major discos such as: the Molo Street Parade and “Al Meni”. Fiabilandia is an amusement park for families, near Rimini.

18,4 km
29 min


Urbino is together with Pesaro, the capital of Marche region. During the Renaissance it underwent on a transformation and saw the construction of many buildings that still retain its historic charm. Urbino was built to defend against attacks by rivals such as the Malatesta’s, it is enclosed by walls and on its streets you can see many Renessaince buildings. Federico from Montefeltro was very careful to enhance his city: he took care of the construction of new buildings and he was a patron. In Urbino you can find a lot of Reinassence artworks from Piero della Francesca, Bramante and Raffaello, whose house can be visited. Urbino is an important university city and also important is the Institute for Decoration and Book Illustration, unique in Italy. Every year in September there is the Kite Festival and the “Festa del Duca”. In Urbino you can taste the “crescia”, similar to the “piadina” from Romagna.

36,1 km
49 min


Sant’Arcangelo di Romagna was born as a fortified village on Colle Giove, that has caves in the tuff that can be visited: their function is uncertain, perhaps they were places of worship, however they are excellent as cellars to preserve Sangiovese wine. Visiting the city is worthwhile: it is culturally active and full of artistic and theatrical events. Walking through Sant’Arcangelo is pleasant, climbing up to reach the square with the Campanone tower. In the central square, with the arch built in the ‘700, festivals and feasts are organized like that of San Martino. For the occasion, under the arch, a pair of horns are mounted. There is also the “Fiera of San Michele” which is linked to agriculture and animals. Since 1971, one of the most important theatrical events in Italy is held and it is known as “Santarcangelo dei Teatri”. There is also a museum dedicated to the writer and poet Tonino Guerra.

41,3 km
37 min


Verucchio is located on a hill in a strategic position and from there you can enjoy a vast panorama, from the surrounding countryside to the sea. Its origins date back to the Iron Age: from the archaeological excavations it appears that the first settlements were made by the Villanovan population. The archaeological museum shows the necropolis of the period. As for the territories surrounding the Castle of Granarola, also Verucchio and part of the Marecchia valley were domains of the Malatesta family. Today, to the village of Verucchio with its old town, was added the village of Villa Verrucchio. The surrounding countryside is important for local agriculture: oil and wine are produced there. At Villa Verucchio there is a convent founded by St. Francis in 1213: here, according to the legend, there’s healing water flowing. At the center of the convent there is a Cypress tree, with a sculptural trunk, which corresponds to the one planted by the Saint. In January, in Verucchio, the usual “Fira de Bagòin” is held, linked to the rural tradition: the main dish is the pork chop.

44,2 km
43 min


San Marino, an indipendent state, stands on Mount Titano, from which the casino takes its name, both declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its foundation dates back on when San Marino escaped from the persecutions against the Christians of the emperor Diocletian and established a small Christian community on Mount Titano. Its independence dates back to the modern age, when in 1600 the first constitution of the independent republic was promulgated. It is the fourth smallest republic in Europe and offers no access to the sea. The area comes alive with events especially during summer with a series of concerts and musical performances that are part of the “San Marino Estate” project and events such as “Mi gusto San Marino” and finally the Medieval Days. An can’t-miss museum is the one of the torture, in which more than 100 instruments of torture are collected, used in the Middle Ages.

44,8 km
43 min


It is a town in the province of Rimini. Originally it was known in the area as “Scorticata”, because of the spike of rock on which the fortress stands. From the top of the rock you can enjoy a wonderful view that embraces the entire coast of Romagna, known as “balcony of Romagna”. Torriana has become “oasis of protection of the fauna of Montebello”. Among the not to be missed events of the city, is certainly worth mentioning “the hill of pleasures”. The Marecchia naturalistic observatory is a can’t-miss attraction for all the visitors of the area. It is a real network of trails where you can practice trekking, mountain biking and horseback riding while admiring a wonderful landscape full of vegetation. A must-see are certainly the museums, such as the Weaving Museum and the Sapignoli museum dedicated to milling and agricultural arts in which you can also enjoy guided tours in the local.

50,5 km
49 min


San Leo is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and it rises above the namesake mountain. It was firstly a Roman settlement and then a possession of the Duchy of Montefeltro, enemy of the Malatesta’s. Federico di Montefeltro had the stronghold rebuilt so that it was more suitable to defend itself from the blows of firearms. San Leo also has a tower that stands on the top of Monte Guardia, which served as a lookout post, it is isolated from the rest of the village and it seems a natural continuation of the rock. The name San Leo is linked to the character of San Leone from Dalmazia, who arrived in these lands. In 1613 the Fortress became a prison and the cells were derived from the military quarters: here were imprisoned the political dissidents and the Count of Cagliostro. “AlchimiaAlchimie” is the name of the event dedicated to Cagliostro. This fair, combined with the Cherry Festival and the Threshing Festival, are occasions to taste the typical products: the ‘Balsamo di Cagliostro’, the sweet spianata and the walnut leaves cheese. During the Summer takes place “’Giullari in Festival” dedicated to San Francesco. Worth visiting is also the Palazzo Mediceo with its Museum of Sacred Art.

60,4 km
64 min


Cesena is a small city in the middle of Romagna crossed by the historical road Emilia, Savio river flows through it. Cesena is also known as «city of the three Popes» because two Popes were born there and Cesena held two episcopates. The historical centre, delimited by the city walls perfectly preserved, consists of churches and buildings of historical, artistic and cultural interest of Malatesta Age. An interesting location to visit is the library,  it is the first civic library in Europe and the only example of monastic library perfectly conserved. Even UNESCO recognised the cultural importance of this library. Cesena is a city full of events, in spring there is the Cesena fashion Week and backstage Film Festival, that deals with backstage of Italian filmmaking. In May Cesena hosts Europe party and the historical re-enactment of the Palio and of the joust. In June there is the most important event, San Giovanni fair during which is custom give little bunch of lavender, the first braid of garlic and a red whistle made of sugar. During summer there are a lot of events outdoor. The city is also a branch if the University of Bologna.

61,2 km
49 min


Ravenna is the biggest and most important city in Romagna and it’s the 25th city in size of Italy. It has been capital three times: during the Ancient Roman Empire, Ostrogoth Reign and Byzantine Exarchate. Because of this rich past Ravenna had several recognitions from UNESCO. The main feature of the city is that it has always been surrounded by water. This was the reason why emperor Cesar Octavio Augusto did the Augustan Fossa. Ravenna was first under the power of the Church and then under noble families such as Traversari family or Da Polenta family. The Da Polentas hosted Dante Alighieri in Ravenna until his dead, his grave is in the San Francesco Cathedral. After Da Polenta dynasty Venetian families took the power, followed by the Papal States. Main events of the city are: Ravenna festival, Ravenna Jazz, Nightmare Film Fest, Ottobre Giapponese, Komikazen, Mosaico d’Europa Film Fest, Ravenna viso in aria, Spiagge Soul, Around the Rock.

88,1 km
66 min


Bologna is an ancient academic city which host many students. Well-known for the two towers and its long porticos, the city has one of the vastest downtown of Italy. Its famous Piazza Maggiore is a huge square surrounded by coffee bar and Medieval structure like d’Arcusio palace, Nettuno fountain and San Petronio basilica. Among the Medieval towers of the city stand out the two leaning ones: Asinelli and Garisenda towers. Bologna was “European capital of culture” and “music city”. Bologna is famous as the “porticos city” because is crossed by almost 40 km of colonnaded. Beyond the numerous international fair, the city host frequently important events, festival and exposition. Bologna has an important musical tradition, in XVIII century Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart visited the city, hosted by Count Pallavicini, Mozart met musicians and researchers and he joined the philharmonic Accademia of Bologna, his entrance exam is preserved in the international museum and in the music library of Bologna. Many musicians have a special link with Bologna such as Lucio Dalla, Francesco Guccini, Gianni Morandi, Luca Carboni, Cesare Cremonini, Pooh, Lunapop and Lo Stato Sociale.

143 km
1h 30min


Florence is the capital city of Tuscany, it has a great history behind. In the Middle Age it was an important artistic, cultural, commercial, political, economic and financial centre. In the modern age Florence covered the role of Granducato of Tuscany capital with the government of De Medici. The city is an important academic centre and it is World Heritage of UNESCO. Florence is considered place of birth of Renaissance Age and it is universally recognized as the cradle of Italian art and architecture, it’s also renowned as one of the most beautiful city in the world, thanks to his monuments and museums like Duomo, the Uffizi gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria e Palazzo Pitti. Florence is an important congressional and exhibition centre, there are many events in Florence exhibition centre, made of the da Basso fortress, il Palazzo dei Congressi e il Palazzo degli Affari. The city has a big fashion tradition that makes it one of the most operative in Italy. Florence has the only one Italian fashion museum, the “Galleria del Costume”, that has a detailed history of fashions, with a collection that includes a lot of historical dresses, accessorizes, theatrical and cinematographic stage costumes very important and many prestigious clothed of Italian and stranger fashion designer. Florence hosts every year a series of fashion events part, the most important is Pitti Immagine. During the event are organized vernissage, gran galà, launches, runway shows and exclusive parties all over the city.

249 km
2h 28min


Venice is the capital city of Veneto region. It lays on 100 isles in a lagoon of the Adriatic see. In this city there aren’t street but canals, the most important is Canal Grande. In the main square called Piazza Grande, you can find San Marco Cathedral and its bell tower. Venice hosts a large number of events national and international. The main event is the Venice Biennale with multidisciplinary displays. Another important event is the Carnival, it is one of the oldest in the world and still has a lot of visitors. It’s also famous the historical Regatta of the Old maritime republics.

286 km
2h 41min


Milan is the most important business centre in Italy, and it is in Lombardia. It first became a Signoria and then a ducal city and still remains at the centre of political and cultural issues during the Italian Renaissance. The symbolic monument of the city is Santa Maria Nascente Cathedral, better known as Duomo, placed in the same named square, centre of economic and cultural city life. Near Duomo there is “Teatro della Scala” (one of the most famous lyric theatre in the world) and Vittorio Emanuele II gallery, a passage covered by iron and glass structure in eclectic style. Another symbolic monument is Sforzesco Castle, originally imagined as a military structure, gradually it was planned as an elegant court. Milan is one of the four world capital of fashion together with London, Paris and New York, it hosts the fashion week twice a year. During the last century Milan became the world capital of design, in fact it hosts every year the “Salone Internazionale del Mobile” and the Fuori Salone.

353 km
3h 17min


Rome is the capital city of Italy. During its three millenniums of history it has been the first great metropolis of humanity, soul of one of the greatest ancient civilities that influenced society, culture, language, literature, art and tradition of following ages. Rome is named the Caput Mundi or Eternal city. Rome is the soul of the Christian Catholic church and it’s the only city to have a Country in it, Vatican, for this reason it’s often called capital of two countries. Colosseum is known all over the world, it is the most impressive monument of Ancient Rome. It is in the list of the World Heritage monuments together with the whole city centre of Rome. Every year in Rome there are a lot of important events such as International Film Festival, David di Donatello, Altamoda Fashion week and Eur Fashion week.

379 km
3h 42min