The town has been awarded an Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club.
Thanks to its spectacular position - on rocky spurs just a short distance from the sea of which there are magnificent views from here - and its wonderful buildings that rise up on them and are clearly visible from the plains, the town attracts numerous visitors, fascinated and enchanted by its beauty. It is one of the capitals of the Malatesta and their prestigious history, based on successful battles and fortunate coalitions, began in its still imposing fortress, built by the family. This is where the Malatesta centenarian, Mastin Vecchio lived; considered one of the family founders he was even mentioned by Dante in his Divine Comedy. Verucchio is traditionally known as the “cradle of the Malatesta”, proof of its close links with the seignory that owned it for over 300 years from the 12th century onwards. These origins were keenly contested by Pennabilli that, as mentioned in the introduction, still claims to be the birthplace of the family. Verucchio probably represented one of the steps taken by this rich and increasingly powerful family in their attempts to conquer Rimini. Even if the family did not originate here, it is certainly where their reign of power began, which made it possible to consolidate the defensive buildings and develop residential ones, expanding the village with the addition of religious and civil buildings. A walk through the old town, which highlights the mediaeval layout, confirms the important role played by the Malatesta in its growth. Even in later centuries it continued to grow and prosper, gradually building a vocation for culture and tourism. Even long before the Malatesta, Verucchio had been an important town for a long period. Between the 10th and 6th centuries BC, it was home to the Villanovan civilization (or rather, the Villanovan-Verucchio), so-called after its inhabitants, the Villanovans, forefathers of the Etruscans. Various archaeological digs, some fairly recent, have unearthed numerous necropolises and settlements, bringing to light extraordinary artefacts that are extremely rare and thus invaluable. These include gold and amber jewellery, furniture, weapons and instruments that can now be found in the Municipal Archaeological Museum, in the ancient monastery of the Augustinian Fathers. It has become an internationally renowned museum and is well worth a visit. Verucchio also boasts an 18-hole golf course, Rimini Golf Club, with a club house and practice course, that stands in a prestigious and delightful estate formerly owned by Caroline Amalia of Brunswick, consort of George IV, King of England, who lived here for some time and from whom it takes its name.
city gate Passerello and fortress
Collegiate church (chiesa Collegiata)
Franciscan monastery and holy cross church
Villanovian municipal archaeological museum
distance from the main cities:
Rimini 14 km
Riccione 26 km
Bellaria 22 km
Cattolica 34 km
Misano 30 km
motorway: A 14 "Bologna - Bari" - tollgate "Rimini Sud" km 18
state roads: S.S. n° 258 "Marecchiese Rimini - San Sepolcro"
railway stations within 10 km: Santarcangelo di Romagna, Rimini Centro
S.P. n° 15 bis direction Verucchio
S.P. 15 ter direction Gualdicciolo
S.P. n° 32 "San Marino"
bus stations: piazza Malatesta
bus lines START Romagna
airport Rimini - Miramare (km. 26) via Flaminia tel. 0541 379800