This city is steeped in history, dating back to about 3.000 years ago and it owes its historical wealth especially to its strategic position. In fact, it was built on a hill which overlooks and dominates the whole Valmarecchia valley. The Museo Civico Archeologico hosts interesting finds such as jewels made of gold or amber that can now be admired thank to archeological excavations carried out at the end of the IX century.
The Rocca, which lies on the top of this lovely hamlet, keeps witnessing the wealth and the political importance of the Malatesta family and it is no coincidence that Verucchio is also known as “the cradle of the Malatestas”. What is more, Verucchio was the hometown of the famous Mastin Vecchio, decreed to be the forefather of this powerful family and inserted in the Divina Commedia by Dante.
The ancient Frati Minore cloister located in Villa Verucchio, was founded in 1215 by San Francesco and it is reckoned as being the oldest building related to Francesco in the whole region.
Visitors can admire the ancient cypress which is said to be planted by San Francesco himself. It is also possible to visit the chapel which belonged to the Saint during its stay in Verucchio, together with enjoying the view of the “Crocifissione” and other paintings made by the Rimini school in the IV century.