Castello di Gradara, Gradara

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Must see · Castle · Tourist Spot
The 12th-century hilltop Castello di Gradara remains one of the region’s finest examples of medieval architecture, with an interior packed with authentic furnishings that were extensively restored in the 1920s. This medieval fortress is protected by two walls, the outermost of which extends for almost 800 m (2,600 ft), making it one of the area’s most imposing structures. The castle is one of the most visited monuments in this part of the country and is the scene of regular cultural and musical events. Legend has it that this site provided a romantic setting for the tragic story of star-crossed lovers Paolo and Francesca, who were immortalized in Dante’s "Divine Comedy." To explore the castle on a guided tour, remember to reserve your tickets by phone or online before you make the trip. Put Castello di Gradara on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Gradara trip itinerary website.
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  • This was a COVID summer visit, after a previous visit 5 years before. The castle was set up to avoid social distancing, while in reality, this created a large queue in the old streets outside the...  more »
  • We enjoy places that aren’t completely over-run with tourists. Gradara definitely has tourists, but not too bad compared with many locales. It is a very interesting old town and, like most in...  more »
  • Highly recommend this place! Very good for a quick 2 to 2 1/2 hour visit. See the castle, walk the walls and grab a quick drink at a cafe. 9 Euro for adult to do the castle and walls self tour.
  • I love this place and have been coming here for many years, has a few shops that sell various things and a few places for food. There is not a lot to here but it's just such a lovely place and the view from the walk along the walls is stunning
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