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Morciano di Romagna

By taking a walk through the town centre, visitors can breathe in its nineteenth-century atmosphere, with the urban austerity and architectural severity typical of the period between the two centuries. It is the Conca valley’s benchmark town thanks to its development that has transformed it over the past 150 years into its largest trade and services centre. The town has always had this vocation, proof of which lies in the numerous fairs held here since ancient times; in particular, St. Gregory’s Fair that has always marked the arrival of spring and is still one of the most important in Romagna. The town’s favourable position, at the foot of the hills of Montefeltro, not far from San Marino and at the junction of roads leading to the coast, has without doubt played an important role in its development. The streets in the old town, laid out in chequerboard style, and its austere features make it a great place for a break or for shopping, perhaps in one of its popular street markets, once held daily. In fact, even the Romans chose the area for this reason, building farms and settlements of which some ruins remain. The name of the town itself seems to derive from the Marcia family that built a community here. It was during the Middle Ages that the town really flourished thanks to the Abbey of St. Gregory, the monastery founded by St. Pier Damiani in 1061. It was around this time that the first important markets developed, before transferring to the village built on the hillocks overlooking the Conca. Mentioned in the Codex Bavarus in the 8th, 9th and 10th centuries, it became a “castrum” around 1000, as certified by several documents. It was a rural castle that defended the inhabited village and a place where the territory’s products were collected. It only became a municipality in 1857 when a Papal decree united the territories that had belonged to Montefiore Conca (those to the right of the river) and San Clemente (to the left), to which it had initially been “aggregated”. It was the construction of a bridge over the Conca in 1870 that gave it its role as a link between the Montefeltro, the Conca valley and the Rimini area. This was increasingly consolidated thanks to the growing circulation of people and goods, transforming its agricultural economy into one founded on the services industry. Thanks to the construction of pasta factory, a silkworm farm and a wool mill the population grew and the depopulation of the hills did the rest. It is the seat of the “St. Gregory in Conca” Dante Centre, founded in order to study, raise awareness and diffuse details of the life and works of Dante Alighieri. The centre works mainly in the wider territorial area, in particular in towns in the Conca valley.

Patron: Saint Michael Archangel (29th september).


Tourist Information Office
piazza Mazzini, 10 - Coriano tel. 0541 656255 - fax 0541 656255
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Surface: 5,41 kmq


Population: 7.043


Distance from the main cities:

Rimini 20 km
Riccione 11 km
Bellaria 36 km
Cattolica 11 km
Misano 10 km

Motorway: A 14 "Bologna - Bari" - tollgate "Cattolica" km. 8
Railway: Cattolica railway km. 10
Airport: Rimini Miramare km. 16

Tollgates within 10 km: Cattolica and Riccione

Provincial roads:SP 17, SP 44

Railway stations within 10 km: Cattolica, Riccione, Misano Adriatico

Bus Lines: START Romagna

 


Contact details

Municipio/Town hall - Piazza del Popolo, 1 - Phone: (+39) 0541 851911 - Phone fax: (+39) 0541 987581 - [email protected] - http://www.morciano.org

Documents

Morciano di Romagna
Municipio/Town hall - Piazza del Popolo, 1

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