Gatteo, Castrum Gatthei

Castrum Gatthei, History Festival in Gatteo
Castrum Gatthei, Festa della Storia a Gatteo
Gatteo (Forlì-Cesena, Emilia-Romagna region)

Reliving the atmosphere of the Malatesta House and the Middle ages in the Castle of Gatteo in friendly and charming Romagna region...

Geographical, cultural and historical context

Gatteo municipality consists of four boroughs and is located on a fertile plain in the lower river Rubicone valley stretching out to the Adriatic Sea, about 25 km from Rimini, 30 km from Forlì, and 100 km from Bologna, in Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. In an area settled by Celtic people, Gatteo was founded as an ancient Roman castrum, as also witnessed by several archaeological finds. The town was first officially recorded during the Middle Ages with the name of Fundus Catei. From the 14th century on Gatteo was owned by the House of Malatesta, an Italian noble family that boasted several of the most vaillant and daring condottieri of the period and ruled over a number of cities in the Romagna and Marche regions from the 14th to the early 16th century. The Malatestas built a fortified castle in Gatteo, that served both as residence and stronghold, and the remains of which can still be seen today.

The local rich heritage includes also the 13th century Church of San Lorenzo and the 15th century San Rocco Oratory with its wonderful frescos. Gatteo boasts a centuries old tradition as a flourishing crafts and trade centre. Today the town hall and the main public services are gathered there, while the sea lies only about 9 km away with the charming resort of Gatteo a Mare and the beautiful coastal oases. Not to miss is also a trip to the river Rubicone in the footstep of Julius Caesar (100-44 BC, Roman statesman, general, and author), who crossed the river with his legions in 50 BC uttering the famous phrase “Alea Iacta est” (“the die is cast”) and starting the Great Roman Civil War (49-45 BC) against the Senate and Pompey (106-48 BC, a Roman military and political leader). Today a bronze bust of Caesar stands on the site of the crossing to commemorate that episode.


Event description and programme

The cultural association "Compagnia San Michele" and the municipality of Gatteo organize every year in Summer a great historical festival dedicated to the Age of the Malatesta House. The visitors can relive the time when Castrum Gatthei was born, through historical events and living interpretations, including period dances and music, flag-waving shows, fire-eaters and jugglers performances, falconry and medieval fencing displays. The programme includes as well lectures and exhibitions, archery contests, battle reenactments, the great medieval banquet in the Court of the Malatesta Castle with period cuisine and entertainment, the historical parade of nobles and knights, and a wealth of leisure and educational activities for adults and children.

In the main square historical reenactors and living interpreters restage the episode of Lord of Gatteo welcoming Malatesta I, Lord of Rimini, as a pretender to the hand of his daughter, while in the late evening the spectacular siege to the Malatesta castle takes place with the breathtaking final assault and battle between the Malatestas and the papal army. The visitors have also the chance to stroll along the stalls of the medieval arts and crafts market, enjoy guided tours at the authentic medieval camps, or take part at several interactive workshops such as crafts, fencing and archery and medieval games.

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Festa della Storia – official website

Compagnia di San Michele
Address: Via S. Allende 49/A, 47043 Sant'Angelo di Gatteo (Forlì-Cesena), Italy
Tel.: +39 389 0159256 | Fax: +39 (0)541 818232

Gatteo a Mare Tourist Office / IAT Gatteo a Mare
Address: Piazza della Libertà 10 - 47030 Gatteo a Mare (Forlì-Cesena), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)547 86083 | Fax: +39 (0)547 85393

Gatteo Town Council / Comune di Gatteo
Address: Piazza Vesi 6 - 47043 Gatteo (Forlì-Cesena), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)547 86083 | Fax: +39 (0)547 85393

Image: Festa della Storia
Text sources: Gatteo Town Council, Emilia Romagna Tourism, Wikipedia, Festa della Storia

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