Gradara’s privileged position has meant its importance as a crossroads of peoples and trade since ancient times: during the Middle Ages, the fortress was one of the predominant theatres of battle between the Pontifical militias and the ruling dynasties of the Marches and Romagna regions. Today, with its vicinity to the sea, it lies near one of Italy’s major touristic destination, the Marchigiano-Romagnola Riviera

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