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Coriano offers the peace and tranquillity of a country town, despite being only a short distance from the busy coast, right at the centre of the triangle formed by the lively beaches of Rimini and Riccione and the soaring towers of San Marino. The countryside around the town is of great beauty, with its rural communities dedicated to the cultivation of wheat and olives, as well as to the production of some of the best wines of the area. The hospitality of the inhabitants is warm-hearted and generous, and they seldom miss an opportunity to organise fairs and festivals to welcome their visitors.
The origins of the ancient fundus Cornelianus are lost in the mists of time. Artefacts found locally indicate that in the Iron Age, around the 8th or the 7th centuries BC, there was already a small village nearby, perhaps an offshoot of the Villanovan settlement at Verucchio. The present site of the town, however, was probably decided in the 3rd century BC, when the Roman programme of colonisation reclaimed a great quantity of unused land for agriculture and brought many new inhabitants to the hills and valleys of the territory. Like the rest of the Rimini area, Coriano has been dominated by a succession of different rulers, including the Goths, the Byzantines, German emperors, the Malatesta family, Cesare Borgia, the Venetian Republic and the Papal States, to name only the most important ones.
Only a part of Coriano Castle remains, as the rest has been destroyed at various times over the centuries. However, the inner gateway with its square tower, the 16th century outer gateway and stretches of the original walls can still be seen. The countryside around Coriano is characterised by green hills where olives, grapevines and wheat are grown. Nature lovers will be sure appreciate the River Marano Park and the Rio Melo Valley, which are ideal for pleasant and relaxing country rambles. Autumn brings the warmth of colours to Coriano with several interesting events, one of which is the Olive Festival, an excellent opportunity to taste and even buy the exquisite olive oil produced locally.
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