Gradara (PU) Marche

The history of Gradara is inextricably linked to the life and literature of Dante. Indeed, a symbol of the town is its fortress, where the tragic love story between Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini played out, and was then made into Italian cultural heritage by Dante’s writings, as he recounted the episode in the V Canto of his Inferno. Around 1275, Guido da Polenta, lord of Ravenna, gave the hand of his daughter Francesca in marriage to Giovanni Malatesta, his ally and Lord of Rimini, known as Gianciotto; however, when the time came to meet Francesca, Giovanni sent his brother Paolo in his place, who was married to Orabile Beatrice di Giaggiuolo. Legend has it that Paolo and Francesca fell in love and Gianciotto, alerted to the fact by a servant, exposed and killed them. The mystery and charm of Gradara lives on in this story. A timeless story.


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