|Where we are
Il piccolo Cavaliere
Bed & Breakfast
It is a seaside resort and has been awarded the “blue flag” for its clean sea. It is situated between the coastal hills of San Bartolo and Ardizio. Its historic centre is rich in Renaissance monuments, and it has been nominated “The City of Bicycles” thanks to its vast networks of cycle paths (number 1 in Italy). It is also “The City of Music” thanks to its strong link to the Pesaro born composer Gioachino Rossini and his operas. It has been nominated 2017 European City of Sport, and every year important international cultural events are held here including: the “Rossini Opera Festival”, and the “Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema" International Exhibition of New Cinema”.
This is one of the most important Renaissance cities, and has fully preserved its architectural heritage. The city reached its pinnacle of artistic splendour under the rule of Duke Frederick II of Montefeltro. Its historic centre has been a part of UNESCO since 1998, and a visit to the splendid “Palazzo Ducale” is a must. It is a masterpiece of Renaissance Art with its “Torriani” and the famous “Cortile d’Onore” of Renaissance Art-. Today it is the seat of the prestigious “Galleria Nazionale delle Marche” and contains absolute masterpieces like “Flagellazione” and the “Madonna di Senigallia” by Piero della Francesca, and “Muta” by Raffaello Sanzio.
The ancient history of the town of Gradara is closely linked to the vicissitudes of its castle,
which was for centuries under the rule of the Malatesta, Sforza, Della Rovere, and Mosca families.
According to legend Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Polenta were killed in the castle by Paolo’s brother Gianciotto Malatesta
for reasons of jealousy.
This city is famous for its carnival, the most ancient in Italy. The city’s origins are Pre-Roman, and its medieval city walls are still mostly intact. The Arch of Augustus has always been the symbol of Fano, and in Roman times it was the main gateway into the city. It is from here that the Flaminia Road leading to Rome began.
|surrounding us within a few km
If you look for the town of Vallefoglia, you will not find it, Vallefoglia came into being in 2014 when two comuni were joined. Montecchio is where our B&B is situated, and it is the largest part. The name derives from the valley through which the river Foglia flows. Its hilly countryside is home to the castles of Sant’Angelo in Lizzola, Colbordolo, and Montefabbri.
It is a medieval burgh which was the site of violent encounters between the Malatesta and Montefeltro families, who belonged respectively to the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. Today it is famous because it is the home town of Valentino Rossi, and has become a popular destination for his many fans. It is particularly busy when the “GP San Marino Riviera di Rimini” is held at the nearby Santamonica racetrack (Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli).
|Riviera Romagnola (RN)
Beaches, entertainment, culture and hospitality. The Riviera Romagnola offers resorts such as Cattolica, Misano, Riccione, and Rimini. They are lively tourist destinations, combining natural attractions and a wide choice of equipped beaches, hotels, parks, entertainment, bars, discos, sports centres, modern spaces for fairs, exhibitions , and events which take place all year round.
Rimini is a famous seaside resort of elevated history and culture. It was founded by the Romans, and was an important point of communication between the north and the south of the peninsula. The Roman Emperors erected monuments like the Arch of Augustus, and the Bridge of Tiberius. During the early Renaissance, under the reign of the Malatesta famiy, it hosted many famous Renaissance artists. Its historic centre, Castel Sigismondo, and the Roman amphitheatre are well worth a visit.