Tavullia is the birthplace of Valentino Rossi, so if you are passionate about motor racing it is impossible not to visit his Fan Club, where you can learn all about the history of this great champion and see lots of memorabilia, and it is only 1 km away from our B&B. When the "Misano GP” is in town, all his fans depart from Tavullia to reach the "Marco Simoncelli" race track together.
When he is not travelling around the world, you can watch him from the terrace of our B&B while training or just racing with some of his friends on his own race track.
Rita Cutolo also lives and works in Tavullia, she is well known both in Italy and abroad for her skills as a pranotherapist and healer.
And for people wanting to see and find out more about the history of this region, Tavullia is as good a place as any to start your excursion as it is located among ancient villages and medieval castles.
Just 5 km away, lies the town of Gradara with its ancient castle in which, according to legend, the tragic story of Paolo and Francesca took place.
Just a few miles away, closer to the sea, you will find Pesaro and Fano, two cities built on the ancient via Flaminia. There is a richness of Roman remains here, as well as beautiful medieval and Renaissance palaces. Pesaro is the birthplace of the composer Gioacchino Rossini and it hosts the internationally renowned music festival "ROF - Rossini Opera Festival" during August. On the nearby hills overlooking the sea, Mombaroccio, Novilara and Candelara are also worth a visit for their striking views and beautiful landscape. The "Feast of the candles" also takes place in Candelara (in the first two weekends of December), and it always attracts lots of people from all over Italy.
Moving inland, we arrive at Sassocorvaro and its imposing fortress, then Piandimeleto, and only 35 km away from Pesaro lies Urbino, the jewel of the Italian Renaissance, where Raffaello Sanzio lived and worked, and where you can visit his House-Museum. The Ducal Palace now houses the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche which, preserves masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, Gentile da Fabriano and Raphael, as well as many others.
Travelling along the ancient Valley of the Metaurus river, you come to Fermignano and Urbania, still surrounded by their ancient walls, and Sant'Angelo in Vado, one of the main places where white truffle is found.
If you continue along the Valley of the Cesano River you will see Mondolfo and Mondavio, whose fortress houses an animated representation of life in ancient times. Pergola, home to the Museo dei Bronzi dorati (Museum of the golden bronzes), Cagli, until arriving in the camaldolese hermitage of Fonte Avellana, nestled in the woods at the foot of Mount Catria.
If you travel along the valley towards Romagna, you come to San Giovanni in Marignano, the ancient "Granary of Malatesta", where you can still see the sunken ditches once used for grain storage. From here, moving along the coast, it is easy to reach Rimini, the hometown of director Federico Fellini (you can visit the museum dedicated to him), an old town full of Roman ruins such as the Arch of Augustus and the Surgeon's domus (a Roman villa dating back to the Imperial Age which was recently excavated together with a surgical kit belonging to its former owner), and from the medieval and Renaissance eras Castel Sismondo and the Malatesta Temple by Leon Battista Alberti containing paintings by Giotto and Vasari. In nearby Santarcangelo di Romagna there is a network of crisscrossing underground tunnels which are still open to visitors. Going up into the hills of Valmarecchia you will find many ancient castles and towers, as this was for centuries territory fought over by the neighboring houses of Malatesta and Montefeltro. Firstly you encounter Montebello castle to which the sad legend of Azzurrina is connected. Directly opposite, on a spur of rock, stands the castle of Verucchio, birthplace of the legendary Mastin Vecchio, centenarian founder of the Malatesta family, celebrated by Dante. Directly behind Verucchio are the three turreted peaks of Mount Titano, the symbol of the Republic of San Marino which dominate the skyline. Across from San Marino, on an overhanging cliff of sheer rock, stands the impressive fortress of San Leo, Montefeltros’ bastion, where the Count of Cagliostro ended his days. Continuing further on, at the foot of Mount Carpegna, Pennabilli, is home to the “I Luoghi dell’Anima” Museum, (The place of souls), inspirational to the artist Tonino Guerra, who lived there until his death. From Pennabilli to Novafeltria, Talamello and Sant'Agata Feltria (where, throughout December a charming Christmas market takes place) and Petrella Guidi, an almost deserted village which has been preserved intact since the 14th century.
Travelling towards the sea again, you come to the village of Monte Cerignone, and a little after you reach the Teva Valley, purported to be the source of the Priapo, which, over recent years has become a well-known destination for many "pilgrimages" due to the miraculous powers of the waters: indeed its revitalising benefits have been known since Romans times, in fact they built a temple there dedicated to the God Priapus. After the Teva Valley, we find the spa town of Montegrimano, Tavoleto, and the evocative villages of Montefiore Conca, Saludecio, Mondaino and Montegridolfo
Tourists who like a relaxing holiday by the sea can also enjoy everything that nature has to offer as the entire region between Rimini and Pesaro-Urbino has an extraordinary wealth of landscapes. The province of Pesaro-Urbino alone has 3 natural parks: Monte San Bartolo, between Pesaro and Gabicce Mare stretches along the rocky coast overlooking the Adriatic Sea; the Inter-regional Natural Park of Sasso Simone and Simoncello, nestled in the heart of the Apennines; the Gola del Furlo State nature reserve has fascinating landscapes created over the years by river erosion to the mountain walls.
There are also natural nature retreats in the Rimini region, beginning high up in Valmarecchia and descending to the Conca valley, you can follow one of the many footpaths created for hiking enthusiasts, and there are also paths and trails for people who love travelling by bicycle. A visit to the Onferno Caves in the municipality of Gemmano is also well worth a visit.
Tavullia is only a few minutes from the most famous beaches on the Romagna and Marche Riviera: Rimini, Riccione, Cattolica, Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Fano, with their wide, sandy beaches and latest bathing facilities are all waiting for you. Those who prefer more isolated beaches in contact with nature, then the coves enclosed in the Mount San Bartolo reserve, Fiorenzuola di Focara and Vallugola bay are ideal. Within approximately 1 hour's drive you can also reach the coast of Monte Conero and the well-known beaches of Numana and Sirolo.