San Clemente is one of 9 towns belonging to the Malatesta nobility within the Valley of the Conca. It is located in the Province of Rimini, in the Emilia Romagna region at about 179 meters above sea level. Its excellent position allows reaching the Riviera’s different seaside cities, such as Riccione, Cattolica, and Misano, in a short time. San Clemente’s village is renowned for the Sangiovese wine, one of the best varieties produced in the Romagna area. It is no coincidence that the town is part of the National Association ‘Wine Cities’, to which an important Festival is dedicated. Beyond its thriving farming activity, this town is definitely geared towards food and wine and promotes many events to preserve old traditions.
The Village of San Clemente
The center of San Clemente is surrounded by the massive walls of the Malatesta Castle and crossed by a unique central road that leads to the main square, Piazza Mazzini, where you’ll find the Town Hall and the Parish Church of San Clemente, built in the XIX century by the architect Luigi Poletti, designer of the City Theatre in Rimini. Inside, you can admire a Holy Family painting by the 18th-century painter from Rimini, Giovan Battista Costa. Next to the church, there’s the East Gate, also said Town Tower, dating back to the Baroque period and displaying a stone that the town dedicated to the great poet Giustiniano Villa, who wrote his verses in dialect. Situated a few kilometers from San Clemente’s center, the villages of Agello and Castelleale are really worth visiting.
The coast can be reached in a heartbeat. Riccione is the nearest seaside destination, but also Rimini, Cattolica, Misano Adriatico, and many other towns on the coast are within easy reach. The entire coast is rich in beach resorts that are well equipped for families and young people, with no attractions. Clubs, amusement parks, fashion boutiques, and many events make the summer days very lively here!
Events in San Clemente
In addition to the Wine Festival organized in May, where you can taste and buy the best local production, another great event is organized in July. It is called “ Wine Notes,” again dedicated to wine and local cuisine with local products’ tastings. This event takes place during four evenings accompanied by concerts and shows of all kinds. During the first weekend of June instead, there is the event “Come to una volta” (As in the past), a vernacular poetry contest, followed by culinary challenges from the various hamlets.
Not surprisingly, fish is the key product along the Riviera. It’s always fresh and cooked in many different ways. Another top-rated product is piadina, a kind of flatbread. The entire region is renowned worldwide for its cured meats and cheeses, including Parma ham, Modena DOP ham, Bologna IGP Mortadella, Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana Padano, Pecorino cheese, Formaggio di Fossa, etc. Even the Castrated Romagna Beef is one of the outstanding products in the Rimini province. As for the main courses, in addition to cappelletti, tagliatelle, and passatelli, a great specialty is the fried gnocchi. Besides the excellent extra-virgin olive oil “Colline di Romagna” DOP, wines are the main protagonists: Trebbiano, Pagadebit, or Biancame of the DOC Colli di Rimini and Romagna, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.