Mondaino is a little town that was mainly a military outpost used for defending the border. It reached the height of its military importance under the rule of the Malatesta, lords from Rimini who ruled southern Romagna and part of the Marche from the 14th to the 16th century.
It was strengthened over time and Sigismondo Malatesta equipped it with a swallowtail battlement and this was the centre and stronghold of a perimeter wall with 13 towers.
Mondaino is also famous for its convents: the convent of the Franciscans, the Church of San Michele the Archangel, The Paleontology Museum and the Museum of Renaissance ceramics. Every year, after the 15th August, the sights and smells of history are recreated with the not-to-be-missed Palio del Daino, a four-day festival that sees various “contrada’s” of the town compete against each other for the palio.
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