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    6 things not to miss in Gemmano

    Gemmano

    Old town centre
    The heart of the town boasts the church of SanLorenzo and the town hall, both enclosed within the ancient walls (11th century) that have recently been renovated. A little further away, the oratory of Our Lady of Graces, extremely dear to the locals,dates from a later period.

    Carbognano church
    A small rural church in a delightful setting in the village of the same name where the faithful come to venerate a 16th century image of Our Lady.

    Flatland in San Pietro in Cotto
    This is near the Conca river andis an area that has brought to light important archaeological finds dating from between the Republican age and the early Middle Ages. A centre where people had come together is recognizable, along with a system for working metal and a monumental building complex with heated rooms, mosaic-covered tub and marble panelling dating from the Republican-Imperial era on the main road. Finally various late Antique and early mediaeval settlements have been found including an ancient roadway, whose surface has undergone a series of subsequent restoration work with bricks, cobblestones and gravel.

    Onferno, Oriented Nature Reserve, Visitors’ Centre, Museumand Caves
    The reserve covers 273 hectares that are protected due to their naturalistic importance given the presence of chalk veins and calanques, as well as its rich vegetation and fauna with many rare wild animals. Its floral heritage is also worthy of note with over 420 speciesand subspecies. The area includes a museum that promotes exhibits and educational activities to explain the caves and the reserve from the point of view of its fauna, geology and vegetation. It is linked to thevisitors’ centre that is housed in the parish church of Santa Colomba.  The caves are a karstic complex of notable importance; they werefirst explored scientifically in 1916 by the speleologist Quarina. A small underground stream carved out these chalky rocks giving life to tunnels,rooms and narrow gorges that extend for 750 metres underground. About 400 metres of this spectacular itinerary are open to the public. A guided visit, with equipment provided by the Visitors’ Centre, is particularly interesting.

    Onferno
    On the promontory that overlooks the caves, the village was oncea rural castle to all effects and purposes. It has since been renovatedand now offers accommodation facilities.

    Marazzano
    A rural castle of which some traces of the walls andramparts remain.

     

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

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    Last update: 16/03/2017