Town in the province of Rimini, located in the valley of the river Conca, Coriano was part of the territories of the domain of the Malatesta. Despite being close to the sea, it has the character and tranquility of a typical hillside village, with long, regular rows of vineyards (which produce excellent wines of Romagna), farmhouses and olive trees, protected by the peaks of Mount Titano of the Republic of San Marino.
In ancient times, the area was inhabited by Umbrian, Etruscan and Roman populations. In the XII century, the town was the prey of various armies, that raided Italy. It submitted the rule of the Malatesta, the Borgias, the Serenissima Republic of Venice, Spanish troops and the Papal States. In 1528 it was donated by the Pope to the Sassatelli Family, who had the castle rebuilt and gave impetus to the development of agriculture and commerce. During the Second World War, the town was scenario of one of the most bitter and bloody battles to break through the Gothic Line and free Rimini: Coriano was almost completely destroyed and at the entrance of the village, there is a British War Cemetery which contains 1940 dead soldiers.
Today, Coriano offers all the benefits of peace and quiet of a typical country village, even though it is so close to the Adriatic coast, in the frenetic touristic triangle consisting of Rimini, Riccione and the towers of San Marino.
Sites of Interest:
- the remains of the seven medieval castles, the most important and best preserved is the one in Coriano. The others are those of Cerasolo, Passano, Mulazzano, Besanigo, Monte Tauro and Vecciano;
- the Convent of the Maestre Pie dell'Addolorata: where in 1839, Mother Elizabeth Renzi founded a new religious order focused on the education of female youth. The church preserves the remains of the nun and a permanent exhibition of weaving and embroidery artworks, made in the decades from the girls who attended the institute;
- the Park of Marano;
- the House of the abbot Giovanni Antonio Battarra, one of the first science of agriculture scholars, today known as Ethnography, which studies the habits and the rural customs of the population;
- the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, rebuilt after severe damage suffered during the Second World War. Inside is preserved a revered painting of the Madonna and an XVIII century crucifix;
- the Church of San Giovanni Battista, of ancient origins, in which it is possible to admire a beautiful baptismal font of the XVI century, a pipe organ and valuable XVIII century masterpieces of the Art School of Romagna;
- the Parish Church of Montetauro (1789) dedicated to Saint Innocenza.