Valleys and Castles, a testament to the Malatesta dominion
The long and violent feud that involved the Houses of Malatesta and Montefeltro left a lasting mark on our land. In a setting of lush vegetation stand fortresses that exude a timeless fascination; impressive castles and fortified hamlets are a testament to the unrest of those years and to all its other aspects as well.
Sigismondo Malatesta, the man of power
In the heart of Rimini stands the symbol of power and strength of the man due to whom, more than anyone else, the name of the Malatesta became immortal, the Sismondo Castle, which was strongly desired by Sigismondo Pandolfo. Filippo Brunelleschi took part in the designing of the building, and, to this day, the impressive architecture and high walls recall the most splendid years of the House of Malatesta. The castle houses timeless exhibitions, and as of 2020, it will also be the seat of the Federico Fellini International Museum.
In Cesena, Domenico Malatesta bequeathed the Malatesta Library to the city. It is a veritable masterpiece and the first town library in Italy. It was designed in the XV century by Architect Matteo Nuti from Fano, a disciple of Leon Battista Alberti. It is a cultural jewel, which today numbers nearly 250,000 books.
Two Valleys, one great history
The setting of the long feud with the Dukes of Urbino, the Montefeltro, the Valconca and Valmarecchia Valleys speak to us of the military power of the Malatesta Dynasty. In a landscape of rolling hills and enchanting old hamlets, the San Leo Fortress stands out, shrouded by the legend of Cagliostro, as it dominates the two Valleys, the lands that were besieged by the Medici from Florence.
The Seignories and Valleys which were dotted with fortresses were mentioned by Dante, who, in the Verucchio Fortress came across Mastin Vecchio, the forefather of the House of Malatesta, and father to Paolo, Francesca’s immortal love. The past and present blend continuously in the echoes of stories and legends that have inspired many artists and poets.