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    12 things not to miss in Mondaino


    Marina Gate 15th century
    This is the delightful gateway to the village that dates back to modernization work carried out on the defensive structure by Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta.

    Piazza Maggiore 19th century
    This is the most scenic “square” in the province thanks to its semi-circular shape: a wide exedra with neo-classical portico. As central Via Roma leads from here it is affectionately known as the “frying pan square”. This is the heart of the town with the Malatesta castle, a treasure trove of art and history, looming ahead. It is the site of competitions between the districts in the Palio del Daino.

    Malatesta Castle 14th - 15th century
    Fundamental for the seignory, it retains its palatium, which was extended and refined by Sigismondo.The bulky structure has a quadrangular layout with “scarp” walls and swallow-tailed merlons. Although he did conquer it, Federico da Montefeltro said it was “a strong and important place that on no account can be conquered”. It houses the town hall and the Palaeontology Section of the Museums of Mondaino. In the Durantino room on the top floor there is a fresco of Our Lady Suckling her Child by Bernardino Dolci (15th century) detached from the Convent of the Poor Clares. This leads to a terrace that offers an overview of the town and spectacular views spanning from the peaks of the Apennines to the Adriatic. In the basement, there are two mediaeval tunnels created for military purposes and for supplying water.

    The walls
    The external streets of the old town offer views of these imposing walls that once had 13 turrets.

    Convent of the Poor Clares
    A large complex with numerous buildings from various periods and a delightful garden. The small church has some 17th-century wooden crucifixes.

    Parish church of San Michele Arcangelo 18th century
    Built on an ancient temple dedicated to Diana it has 15th - 16th century pieces and delightful coeval altar frontals.

    Former Monastery of San Francesco
    Just outside the town on the hillside of Formosino it dates from the 13th century and is where Santarcangelo-born Pope Clement XIV was a monk.

    Museums of Mondaino: Palaeontology Section
    Its rooms house fossils from local rocky deposits once lapped by the sea and dating from up to 12 million years ago. Particularly interesting are the fish fossils and rare vegetable exhibits. Mondaino Majolica Section Has a selection of mediaeval and Renaissance majolica pieces found in Mondaino, once an important production centre twinned with the nearby schools of Urbino, Casteldurante, Pesaro and Rimini. Portaia Tower A faithful reconstruction of a watch station dating from 1450.

    Galanti factory
    Just a short distance from the old town, this is where the accordions that delighted America were made. Until a museumis built here, anyone wishing to visit the factory should contact the local Pro Loco association. It is particularly exciting to enter the magical atrium that contains accordions that will be housed in the future museum.

    Arboretum Park
    A few kilometres from the village, in Bordoni, this is a botanical garden covering 9 hectares that specializes in trees and bushes with over 6,000 plants, two woods, small forests, a pond and marked footpaths. It is also an Environmental Education Centre open to visitors where study and research projects are held.

    Taken from Malatesta & Montefeltro: a journey through the hills of Rimini

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    Last update: 16/03/2017