GRADARA

The fortress of Paolo and Francesca

Six kilometers from Gabicce Mare and Cattolica, 18 from Pesaro, 20 from Rimini and 35 from Urbino: close distances to reach the village of magic and love called Gradara, in the province of Pesaro-Urbino. Love, above all, because this is the scenario of the historical myth of Dante's memory between Paolo and Francesca. Between sea and hills, the town is one of the main tourist destinations of Italy, in the Riviera Marche-Romagna. The fortified village of Gradara, with its castle and its two walls that protect the whole fortress, represents a medieval complex among the best preserved throughout the Belpaese: it rises on the entire valley in a hill of 142 meters above sea level, a strategic and dominant position over the surrounding territory, kissed by a mild climate, generous with sweetness in every season of the year, mitigated by the inland hills and by the humidity of the sea in front of it. So, a privileged place, to build a fortress and have control of men and businesses, between 'fights' of various kinds between the houses of the Marches and Romagna and the Papal States. It all began in 1150: it is when the noble and powerful De Griffo family builds the keep that is fortified with a couple of mighty walls between 1200 and 1300, by the Malatesta family who, in spite of the fact that the town then moves from hand to hand, they left their massive footprint, so much so that Gradara is often referred to as Rocca Malatestiana. The domain of this family lasted until the middle of 1400, exactly in 1463, when the Pope's soldiers, led by Federico da Montefeltro, took possession of it. It is the historical moment of the Sforza of Pesaro, faithful to the papacy: in particular we remember Giovanni, the (almost) anonymous husband of the decidedly more famous Lucrezia. Among the families that later take care of the Fortress are also included Della Rovere and the Medici, in a real swirl of infighting and not that for many centuries has characterized these territories between Marche and Emilia Romagna. This did not do much good for the whole so much so that at the beginning of the twentieth century its state of conservation was not the best: luckily the last owner of this enchanted place intervenes, the engineer Umberto Zanvettori who, around the twenties, brings it back to its ancient beauty for our ecstatic eyes.  The area is famous for certain craftsmanship, such as ceramics and majolica, important both in the building sector and in the craft sector, as well as for the presence of vineyards and olive groves. But the Gradara site literally calamita for its medieval atmosphere, 'bristling with stories, weapons and passions ... And there is to be considered a certain congressional tourism, through the company Gradara Innova which has several facilities in the historic center , a few steps from the famous Rocca, ideal for meetings, events, conventions, conferences, presentations, seminars.

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Exclusive Rome to Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Trip

Exclusive Rome to Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Trip with TAKETAXI.COM private Pompeii day tours from Rome , limited to 7/8 people per van , feature guided walking tours of Pompeii combined with Positano, Amalfi & the scenic Amalfi Coast road Highlights and what's included Pick up and drop off at your centrally located hotel Small group tour with maximum 7/8 people per minivan Skip the line tickets to visit the archaeological site of Pompeii 2-hours tour of Pompeii's archaeological site with our local expert English speaking guide A/C Mercedes vehicle or similar with our expert English speaking driver-guide Scenic photo stops along the Amalfi Coast from Amalfi to Positano covering a 30 km of stunning coastline Plenty of free time in Positano and Amalfi Description Enjoy a semi-private Rome Day Tours to Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast , limited to 7/8 people per vehicle , and experience the enchanting Amalfi coast and the extraordinaly archeological site of Pompeii. On the way to the Amalfi coast, stop at some scenic view points before reaching Amalfi, a town that enjoyed a prestigious past when it was once a major naval power. Made of a labyrinth of narrow lanes and alleyways that climbs the surrounding hills, the town features typical mediterranean architecture style with houses piled one on top of the other. Here you can sample the local Limoncello drink in one of the many cafes' or perhaps visit the celebrated "Paradise Cloister" built in Arabian style that dates back to the thirteenth century. After some free time to explore the town, our Rome day tours of Pompeii & Amalfi continue to Positano via the famous Amalfi coast road - the drive offers breathtaking views and we make several photos stops en route to give you the possibility to capture the truly enchanting beauty of this part of Italy. In Positano, enjoy free time for lunch and to walk around this exclusive delightful village with its white and pastel-coloured houses litter the hillside. Along with the beautiful beaches, its ancient fishing port, the splendid majolica dome of the church of Santa Maria Assunta and Artisan shops, you'll enjoy a taste of the "Dolce Vita". After lunch we leave Positano and following the road uphill away from the coast, where we will stop at another scenic view point to enjoy the last magnificent view of this delightful part of Italy, and shortly afterwards you'll be admiring views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius in all its glory. Our next destination includes the famous archaeological site of Pompeii, where you will enjoy a two-hour tour conducted by our local English speaking expert guide. Enjoy a journey back in time as you'll visit the must-see highlights of this site and learn about life in Ancient Pompeii - the habits, lifestyles and peculiarities of the Ancient Romans as you tour the ancient market areas, foodtstalls, typical Roman homes, brothels, and admire the delightful frescoes all preserved by an erupting volcano that still dominates the Pompeii. Our Small Group Rome Tours to Pompei & Amalfi will leave you with memories that will last a life time as you discover some of the most enchanting places of our "Bel Paese", Italy. This is a long day tour but a very rewarding one! The tour will conclude back at your hotel in Rome. Note: The order of the sites visited during the day may be different from the order as presented in the tour description. When being picked up at the hotel in the morning, it is important to verify the driver is from Avventure Bellissime, as at there are several companies organizing pick ups at hotels at the same time. Read More Excluded Lunch Gratuities ( Optional ) Meeting Point Day Tours of Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast will depart from your centrally located hotel in Rome between 6.45am & 7.15am

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Exclusive Rome to Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Trip

ROME

Eternal City

Called "Eternal City" is the capital of Italy, the capital of the Lazio region, of the homonymous province, seat of the government and the bishop's seat of the Pope. From Rome there are eight major routes of communication: the Aurelia, the Cassia, the Flaminia, the Salaria, the Tiburtina, the Appia, the Casilina and the Ostiense. According to legend, the foundation of Rome was at the hands of Aeneas, who landed in Lazio on the banks of the Tiber River. The vestal Rhea Silvia gave birth to the divine twins Romulus and Remus, since their father was Mars, they were thrown into the Tiber but were dragged to the shore and suckled by a she-wolf. A pastor adopted them and informed them of their origin, so Romulus in 753 BC, founded Rome at the point where he was saved together with his brother. The first hill to be occupied was the Palatine, but soon the city became the "city of seven hills". The kings to follow were: Numa Pompilio, Tullo Ostilio, Anco Marzio, Tarquinio Prisco, Servio Tullio and Tarquinio the Superb. Later the Republic and the Roman State were established. In 390 a.C. Rome struggles with Latins, Samnites and Punics; once subdued, expansionist ambitions grew all over the world. After the fire of Nero, in 60 a. C. Pompeo, Cesare and Crasso made an agreement: "first Triumvirate". After the Giulio-Claudia family in 68 BC, the Flavia dynasty followed until 96 BC .; the Colosseum and the Arch of Titus were built. The city was then invaded by the Goths, Vandals and Saracens; under Boniface VIII in 1300 the first great Jubilee took place and Rome started towards a new rebirth, but some events such as the "Avignonese captivity" brought back poverty. In 1527 the army of Charles V set fire to the city: the well-known Sacco di Roma. Afterwards, many events took place which saw the French, the Austrians and Pope Pius IX as protagonists, until October 2, 1870, the city declared its annexation to Italy and in June 1871 Rome became Capital. In Rome there is a strong industrial reality consisting of medium and medium-small companies; the construction, publishing and electricity sectors; the city is among the largest agricultural municipalities in Europe. As for services, we can say that with the opening of the telecommunications market, there has been a considerable development of companies related to the sector. The tertiary sector, which is particularly flourishing in terms of tourism, is the prevailing economic activity. Being Rome Capital and a particularly multi-ethnic center, you can find any type of cuisine you want. Typical vegetables are puntarelle and broccoli; the most appreciated fish are anchovies and cod; the most famous cheeses are pecorino and ricotta romana. Among the typical dishes of the Roman culinary tradition there are: lamb, coratella, rigatoni with pajata, tripe, artichokes alla romana or giudia, carbonara, amatriciana and the coda alla vaccinara. As for meat, Rome is famous for using everything that is edible of entrails: tripe, heart, liver, spleen, tongue and brain. Typical desserts are: castagnole, frappe and maritozzi. Rome is always full of events, every night there are always appointments scattered in the many districts; in short, there is only the embarrassment of choice. Despite this we indicate some events such as: the Film Festival, the many events of the Roman summer, the Concertone of May 1, the Expo Tiber, Festa de Noantri, Rome Europa Festival, the Notte Bianca and many theatrical and cultural events. Sporting events such as the Rome Marathon, Serie A and the BNL International of Italy are also highly anticipated.

ROME