Montefiore Conca is one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy“, and has been awarded the Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club, it is also a ” Friendly Municipality to Itinerant Tourism “.
Its imposing Malatesta fortress stands out over the Conca valley and its medieval settlement, surrounded by lush greenery with natural woodlands and cultivated countryside that offer themselves generously, while the Adriatic sea outlines the horizon.
Montefiore is a pleasant destination in any season of the year: in winter when you can admire its Nativity scene watching its passage between the fourteenth-century walls; in spring, when the countryside blossoms and Easter rites take you back in time; in summer, when the squares and the courtyard of the Rocca resound with music and voices, and frequent celebrations follow, amidst art and performances and in autumn, with the scents and flavours of a land rich in quantity and quality, among which chestnuts and extra-virgin olive oil.
Castrum Montis Floris has really ancient origins, dating back to the Iron Age and Roman times. But the historical period that has left the most significant traces is the medieval one, between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries when the powerful Malatesta family dominated the Rimini area as vicarship of the Pope.
In 1322 the Malatesta family purchased all the rights to Montefiore from the municipality of Rimini and the Pope, and it became the exclusive private property of the family. They then carefully embellished and reinforced the Castle, used both as a mighty military machine and as a palace for the family’s holidays (with all the comforts of a city palace) for extended stays dedicated to hunting trips or for giving hospitality to illustrious people, such as popes and emperors.
At that time, the village was embellished with palaces, churches and monasteries, of which signs and vestiges still remain.
As well as all this, there is a landscape that offers the opportunity to experience ancient paths for walking, horseback riding, or cycling into the luxuriant woods of the Valconca.