This medieval castle-fortress that dominates the entire valley and offers an enchanting panoramic view of its village, was the protagonist of numerous battles between several powerful families who contended for its possession, first of all the Malatesta, who also built the two city walls, but also the famous Medici, Sforza, Della Rovere and Borgia families.
The visit begins from the Courtyard of Honor, overlooking the tower with the Torture Hall, and continues through the many charming halls that often take their name from illustrious characters who have lived there, such as Lucrezia Borgia or Sigismondo Malatesta and his beloved Isotta.
But if, in addition to history, you are passionate about love stories, then the castle will make you live one of them: the fortress is known for being the background of the tragic love story of Paolo and Francesca, narrated over the centuries by many illustrious authors, but first made known by Dante Alighieri in the Canto V of Hell of his famous Divine Comedy.
Around 1275 Francesca da Rimini was married to Giovanni Malatesta called Gianciotto because of his bad appearance. But one day Giovanni's younger brother, Paolo, fell in love with Francesca, and tragically the two lovers unable to stop this feeling were discovered together by Giovanni himself, who killed both of them mercilessly.
History, legends, love and tragedy are rooted in the walls of this beautiful fortress that will welcome you with the mysterious and fairy-tale atmosphere typical of the medieval castles and will make you live an intense and unprecedented experience.