San Giovanni in Marignano
San Giovanni in Marignano has been awarded the title of one of “The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”.
Two definitions can be used to introduce this area, which was once the granary of the Malatesta. It is a town with a wealth of industries and services that have developed on the plain after abandoning the town’s initial hilly position and a rich and fertile countryside crossed by the Ventena torrent. It has an orderly and harmonious landscape, covered in beautiful vineyards that produce quality wine. The coast is close and the edge of the village touches those of the resort of Cattolica. Its old town reveals the importance it had for the seignory of Rimini that developed its fortifications by extending the walls and creating a moat, fed by the Ventena. Within the walls, which have been reinforced towards to sea with two fine pointed bastions, the mediaeval urban layout offers regular blocks built around an open space, where the parish church of San Pietro was constructed in the 13th century. The gate to the north side of the walled village is the 15th-century municipal watch tower. This is where the “middle road” Via XX Settembre begins. Along the road it is possible to see numerous wheat ditches, a total of around 200 recorded underground storerooms for cereals, dotted all around the town. They bear witness to the economic history of this town that was initially a Roman settlement and then the property of the Benedictines. Today, the town’s economy is based on agriculture - the two key products are wine and cereals - and industry, in particular the hi-tech fashion sector. The industriousness of this community also translates into a number of eccentric events, fairs, markets and rallies that attract many tourists. According to local tradition but not only, St. John’s Night - the night between 23 and 24 June - is considered to be “witches’ night” and the popular celebrations held here last all week. Finally, the well-preserved Massari Theatre is a “jewel” in the town’s crown and hosts an annual programme worthy of the best stages.
Patron: Saint John the Baptist (24th june).
church of Santa Lucia
church of S. Maria in Pietrafitta
church of S. Maria del Monte
church of San Pietro
municipal theatre "Massari"
Riviera Horses riding centre
Riviera Golf Resort
Surface: 21,23 kmq
distance from the main cities:
Rimini 21 km
Riccione 10 km
Bellaria 32 km
Misano 7 km
motorway A 14 "Bologna - Bari" - tollgate "Cattolica" km. 1
tollgates within 10 km: Riccione
railway Cattolica railway km. 3
airport Rimini Miramare km. 14
state roads: SS 16 Adriatica Rimini-Ancona
SP 17 for Morciano
bus lines: START Romagna