This circular tour is about 90 km long, and is characterised by long-distance tracts and stretches of flatlands, with a single climb leading to the village of Gradara.
The course traverses many towns, landscapes and different environments, from the hills of the hinterland to the sea of the Romagna Riviera.
The descent from Monte Titano is via the Murata and Fiorentino face, quite a technical stretch that meanders through vegetation until reaching the Conca River valley in the village of Conca Mercatino Conca, from where you follow Conca torrent, which flows into the Adriatic Sea near Porto Verde and along the way feeds into a large number of trenches, that is, artificial canals parallel to the river used to irrigate the fields and activate the mills that until the last century fuelled the local economy.
Having arrived in Morciano di Romagna, a community that seems to have even been founded in the Roman era, we move away from the course of the Conca River to head towards Pesaro, which we find again in the second part of the course near the mouth of the river, to head towards Gradara.
The ride takes us across the verdant hills of San Giovanni in Marignano, a town of Mediaeval origin, once considered the “breadbasket of the Malatesta” for the fertility of its land.
The climb towards the village of Gradara begins near Fanano. Gradara, ranked among “the most beautiful villages in Italy”, is known for its magnificent mediaeval castle built by the Malatesta, setting of the famous tragedy of Paolo and Francesca, narrated by Dante in Canto V of the Inferno (“Love, that exempts no one beloved from loving”).
The climb is short and not particularly challenging, but upon arrival a visit to the castle and the beautiful village is a must, with the possibility of climbing on patrol walkways that run along the walls enclosing the ancient town.
After this sightseeing stop the path continues towards the most popular resorts on the Romagna Riviera, that is, Cattolica, Misano Adriatico, Riccione and the first suburbs of the Rimini Municipality.
The course is completely flat and gives you the chance to appreciate the view of the Adriatic Sea and beaches that have made this coastline famous.
Near Bellariva the course resumes towards the Republic of San Marino, passing through the area of Gaiofana and Ospedaletto, from where you climb the hill of San Patrignano again and continue along the crest of Cerasolo Hill, through beautiful panoramas of the vineyards where you can get great Sangiovese wine.
You cross the state border at Torraccia, after fun gastronomic “mangia e bevi”, to then resume the climb to the summit of Monte Titano from the Domagnano face, which looks towards Rimini and was, enthusiasts will recall, the scene of an individual time trial during the 1979 Giro d’Italia.
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