Located on the foothills of Valmarecchia, Verucchio stands out for its soaring architecture and history that made it a Malatesta capital.
The mighty fortress the Malatesta family built, and from which their prestigious history started, bears witness to this more than anything else. Here, lived the Mastin Vecchio, the century-old Malatesta considered one of the founders of the family, mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy and thanks to which Verucchio is defined as the “cradle of the Malatesta“–who were the owners of this castle for over three hundred years, starting from 1100.
The medieval layout confirms how big a role its Lords played in the growth of this village which, even in the following centuries, enjoyed development and prosperity– the foundation of its current cultural and tourist vocation. But the history of Verucchio is even older, as a great civilization, that of the Villanovians (or Villanovian-Verucchiese), from the name of its inhabitants, forerunners of the Etruscans, settled here between the 10th and 6th centuries BC.
Repeated archaeological excavations, including recent ones, have unearthed several necropolises and settlements, bringing to light extremely rare and priceless finds. Gold and amber jewels, furnishing objects, weapons and tools are gathered in the Archaeological Civic Museum, inside the ancient Monastero dei Padri Agostiniani (Monastery of Augustinian Fathers), which has gained international renown thanks to what it preserves.
The more modern Verucchio offers a well-equipped 18-hole golf course: the Rimini Golf Club, a clubhouse and driving range, on a prestigious, fascinating estate, formerly owned by Carolina Amalia from Brünswick, wife of George IV King of England, who lived here for a long time and from whom it takes its name.