Mondaino rises 20 km far from Riccione, on a green hill of the Valconca. Commune in the province of Rimini, it extends at the border with the Region of Le Marche. It is perhaps the fallow deer (“daino” in Italian), animal once widespread in the territory, that gives the name to the village. It is the “Palio del Daino”, fascinating historical commemoration in the second half of August, that makes it famous. In Roman times Mondaino was the seat of an important temple of Diana. Stronghold of the family of the Malatesta, Federico da Montefeltro called it the “Strong and important place, that at no agreement could be conquered”. A definition that remained valid until 1462, when the lord of Urbino managed to capture the city and donated it to the Church.
The Rocca Malatestiana (Fortress of the Malatesta), raised in the XIV century on a pre-existing nucleus, fascinates with its austere lines, its panoramic terrace, and its mysterious underground walkways. Today it hosts the rare fossils of the Paleontological Museum of the tripoli of Mondaino. Adjacent to the fortress there is Piazza Maggiore, the masterpiece of Francesco Cosci, of the nineteenth century. Exceptional, it has a semi-circular neoclassical colonnade and, with via Roma, forms the “padella” (frying pan), in the way of speaking of the inhabitants and at the eyes of everyone.
Attractions: in the historical centre the Museum of Majolica of the Renaissance, the Church of St. Michael Archangel and the Convent of the Clarisse (open only during the Palio); on the hill Formosino the Convent of the Franciscans; in the hamlet of Pieggia the parish church of St. Apollinare. You can not miss a walk in the green of the Experimental Arboreto of the Mediterranean Flora: spread over nine hectares, it is home to the Center for Environmental Education and to the Dimora Theater. Beautiful in April the Walks of Spring of the Pro Loco. At Mondaino the pilgrim can eat in a delicious bistro that is dedicated to him, ideal for anyone who loves the good local cuisine. Between May and June Mondaino is filled with students for the competition of translation Latinus Ludus and in November with gourmets for the Feast of Santa Bibiana and of the delicious “formaggio di fossa” (cheese aged in hollows).