San Clemente is a small town set on the first hill that rise inland from the coast, offering a tranquil view over cultivated fields and the nearby sea. Infact, the pleasurable country life is the most attractive feature of San Clemente, and one of the leading local products is Sangiovese, an excellent red wine.
The first documentary mention of San Clemente, whose name seems to be linked with Pope Clement I, the third successor to St Peter between 88 and 97 AD, appeared in 982, when the Holy Roman Emperor Otto I gave the Castrum Sancti Clementis to the Counts Carpegna. In the 13th century the town came under the domination of the Malatesta family, who extended their power by force and cunning throughout the whole of the surrounding area. San Clemente remained under the rule of this ambitious family until 1504, and in 1508 the Papal State placedit under the authority of the City of Rimini. The following centuries were marked by frequent conflicts with the neighbouring towns of Saludecio and Montefiore far control of commercial traffic along the Conca Valley.
Places and events
With its typical medievallay-out, the present town centre is similar in many respects to several others in the area. The period of domination by the Malatesta dynasty has left numerous traces in the buildings of the town, and it is still surrounded by the originaI fortified walls. At Castelleale, a few kilometres away, there is a rare example of a fortified manor house, built in 1388 by Leale Malatesta, the Bishop of Rimini. Over the centuries it was partly destroyed and rebuilt several times, altering its structure quite radically, but its medieval origins can still be discemed quite clearly. The 19th-century Parish Church of San Clemente was designed by Luigi Poletti, a favourite architect of the Pope who was also responsible for the Opera Theatre in Rimini.
The church has a painting of the Holy Family by Giovan Battista Costa, an l8th-century artist from Rimini who achieved a certain fame. San Clemente was also the birthplace, in 1842, of Giustiniano Villa, a well-knowndialect poet and balladeer, who narrated the lire and hardships of the local country folk in his songs and verses.Villa is commemorated with a monumet done e by the modern sculptor Umberto Corsucci, dedicated to his memory by the town. The scenery around San Clemente is peaceful and relaxing, with the industrious countryside dotted with fields and farmsteads. Agricultural produce plays an important role in the local economy, and the town is famous far the quality of its Sangiovese, a rich, full-bodied red wine in honour of which a festival is held annually in May, with prizes being awarded to the best local producers of the year.
Area: 20.74 sq. kilometres
Height: 170 metres above sea level
Dialling code: 0541
Town Council: 12 Piazza Mazzini – Tel. 980540
Tourist Information: Piazza Mazzini – Tel. 980692
Civic Library: 12 Piazza Mazzini – Tel. 980540
1b Viale Prati – Tel. 980542
Via Modena – Sant’Andrea in Casale – Tel. 988717
Public Telephone Service: Grell Restaurant and Bar – Tel. 980544
Municipal Police: 12 Piazza Mazzini – Tel. 980540
A Guide to Rimini Countryside 1992
Rimini Area Tourist Authority