The History of Misano


The numerous archaeological relics from various eras, certify the Roman origin of Misano Adriatico. Even the name Misano seems to derive from a Roman family “Gens Mesia“, moved into the countryside of Rimini in the 3rd century BC, and which received by the Roman some territories as a military reward.

Trying to trace the history of Misano Adriatico during the 1st century AD is not easy or possible because of the lack of convincing testimonies. What is certain known is that in 997 the construction of the Pieve di Sant’Erasmo, which still exists today, made Misano very important as it allowed to extend its jurisdiction over the areas between the last hills to the left of the Conca to the estuary fo the river.

From 1295 to 1528 Misano saw the rule of the Malatesta family; at the end of their dynasty the city became part of the Papal State until the unification of Italy. In this lapse of time it is important the period of 1511 that saw the administrative independence of Misano since it became a separate municipality, but this independence was short-lived, and was recaptured only in 1827.

In 1938, thanks to a decision issued by the prime minister Benito Mussolini, the city’s name was changed from Misano in Villa Vittoria, then back to the current Misano Adriatico.

Between 1939 and 1945 the Second World War broke out, the post-conflict reconstruction with tourist footprint, leads to the transfer of the municipal office in Misano Monte. From this date forward Misano population has grown considerably and is recognized today among the most important seaside resorts of the Riviera.

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