Comune di San Leo: il sindaco
Municipality of San Leo

Cittą di San Leo (Rimini) The Municipality of San Leo is pleased and proud to contribute to the implementation of this project whose potential is incredible. There is no better way to get to know, to discover and to explore a region than to link the Montefeltro area to world-known figures. These painters are considered, all over the world, as living emblems of excellent quality, beauty and as prominent representatives of the world of arts.
This project has the merit of tapping into the fame of Italian Renaissance (but not only) and its protagonists, who have undoubtedly left indelible marks in this area by travelling along its roads. Those roads that still exist and that can still be taken, are paths of incredible charm.

If you will take the chance to travel along those old roads, you will be surprised by the charm of every new landscape and you will slow up, unable not to take pictures. You will see a mixture of rocky crags, dizzy mountain peaks, unexpected ridges and sweet clay hills in different colours and nuances. They are the result of a complex geological history and they provided inspiration for several works of art.

They cross a region scattered with castles, towers and churches telling the story of a geographical area that, in the past, was undoubtedly the protagonist of a great deal of Italian history, much more than it is today.
Today, visitors stop by as astonished and enchanted as visitors from ancient times.
Those sites surely represented major cultural and political centres at the time. The old roads connecting them winded through mountain crests, following criteria very different from the ones we adopt today in our road layout planning.
It is therefore easy to imagine that Piero della Francesca, for example, travelling from Sansepolcro to Rimini, was struck by a landscape that is so unique and peculiar, in geomorphological terms, to choose it as a background for his paintings.
Many other prominent figures also mentioned, in their works, the sensations experienced in the Montefeltro area: Dante Alighieri has the dizzy crag of San Leo in mind when he describes the geomorphological features of the Purgatory.
Why being surprised by that? Modern scientific disciplines (like geomorphology, geology, paleoclimatology, etc.) offer useful tools to verify and prove our intuitions, to carry out further research on every single painting the same way we carefully checked all historical and art sources.

After so much planning and talking, about the beauty of our area and our landscapes, which is of course important, the Montefeltro area has, today, a great opportunity. Public actors, although lacking of economic resources, understood its full potential: the first public body supporting this initiative was GAL, Montefeltro Leader, from Urbania and many others will follow. A challenge in the challenge will undoubtedly be giving this project a cross-regional approach. We invite all the social and economic actors and all those who wish to promote this incredible project with a clear media potential to join us in order to adopt initiatives that will have real and tangible effects on the region.

Mauro Guerra
Mayor of San Leo

> The Province of Rimini

On behalf of the Province of Rimini I rejoice at the actual implementation of the "Montefeltro Renaissance Sights" project.
It represents an innovative and ambitious project we have always believed in and supported, together with the Municipality of San Leo, San Leo 2000 and the Province of Pesaro and Urbino.
From a tourist perspective, our aim is that of enhancing, both nationally and especially internationally (where the arts still hold an incredible fascination), our hinterland and mountain areas, referred to as the "Malatesta and Montefeltro" region. It's an area going from Valconca to Valmarecchia and covering the regions of Emilia-Romagna, Marche and Tuscany.
This project offers us the chance to develop a brand new tourist offer for our area, based mainly on arts and culture, but involving directly also tourist facilities like inns, bed & breakfasts, farm holidays and restaurants that are able to offer a vocational and, at the same time, motivational holiday.

Fabio Galli
Councillor for Tourism Province of Rimini

> Province of Pesaro and Urbino

The Province of Pesaro and Urbino has the "Montefeltro Renaissance Sights" project particularly at heart as it represents not only a useful method for cultural research, but also a reliable tool to promote our beautiful region, portrayed in Renaissance paintings and preserved over the centuries.
Our tourist offer is based on an area that has been able to maintain, over the centuries, its ancient features untouched enhancing its artistic, cultural and environmental traditions.

Today, the Province of Pesaro and Urbino marks for its quality of life, for a sustainable tourism aimed at promoting high quality services based on culture, art, environment and oenogastronomy following firmly in the Renaissance tradition, a tradition we are willing to promote by supporting this amazing project.

Matteo Ricci
President of the Province of Pesaro and Urbino