Has been awarded the title of one of “The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” and an Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club.
The sight of its fortress, an imposing Malatesta building overlooking the Conca river valley, is quite literally breathtaking and the village, with its mediaeval layout, is equally fascinating and interesting. It is surrounded by woodland and gently rolling countryside, with the coast in the background and the sea on the horizon. Montefiore is a destination worth visiting at any time of year: in winter when the peaks surrounding it are white and there are living nativity scenes within its 14th-century walls, in spring when the countryside is in bloom and Easter rites take visitors back in time, in summer when the squares and courtyards of the fortress are filled with the sound of music and singing and host a variety of art festivals and shows and in autumn when the intoxicating fragrances and flavours of the earth, including chestnuts and extra-virgin olive oil, abound. Castrum Montis Floris is documented for the first time in the 12th century in a concession made by Pope Alexander III to the Church of Rimini. Its origins are however much older and there have been numerous finds dating from the Iron Age and the Roman period. The historical period that has left most traces is the Middle Ages, thanks to the presence of the powerful Malatesta family that purchased all rights to Montefiore from the Municipality of Rimini and the Pope in 1322, turning it into an exclusive family asset. As well as reinforcing the castle, the family also adorned it and it became both an imposing defensive bastion and a summer residence for the family, with all the commodities of a city palace. Galeotto Belfiore, a member of the Malatesta, was born here in 1377 and it also hosted illustrious figures such as Pope and Emperors. The village had a number of palaces, churches and monasteries of which some vestiges remain. After the fall of the Malatesta, the Borgia family reigned followed by the Republic of Venice and the Prince of Macedonia, Costantino Comneno, who died here in 1530. Then, as elsewhere in Romagna, it was the Church that dominated. It offers visitors all they need; as well as the beauty of its landscape and monuments, in particular the fortress, it is possible to retrace old itineraries on foot, horseback or by bicycle. A stay is rewarded with excellent accommodation facilities and Montefiore is also a Comune Amico del Turismo Itinerante (Friend of Itinerant Tourism Municipality).
Patron: Saint Paul (25th january).
Tourist Information Office Unione Valconca
via Roma, 3 - Rocca Malatestiana
tel. 0541 980035 fax 0541 980206 (Town Hall)
Surface: 22,41 kmq
Distance from the main cities:
Rimini 30 km - 35 min
Riccione 17 km - 20 min
Bellaria 42 km - 45 min
Cattolica 17 km - 20 min
Misano 17 km - 20 min
motorway A 14 "Bologna - Bari" - tollgate "Riccione" and "Cattolica" km. 17
railway Riccione railway km. 17
airport Rimini Miramare km. 26
provincial roads: SP 36, SP 36/Bis
bus lines from Rimini START Romagna