Gradara War Cemetery is situated in the Commune of Gradara in the Province of Pesaro. It is located about 1.5 kilometres south of the SS16, midway between Pesaro and Riccione. Take the autostrada A14 (Bologna-Taranto) exiting at Cattolica or Pesaro, then go along the SS16 either east from Cattolica or west from Pesaro. The cemetery is permanently open and may be visited anytime.

This cemetery is steeply terraced with numerous steps, although there is limited access for visitors with wheelchairs.


The site for the cemetery was chosen in November 1944 and it contains the graves of casualties incurred during the advance from Ancona to Rimini (which broke the Gothic Line) and in the heavy fighting around Rimini, which was taken by the Allies on 21st September 1944. There are now 1191, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, 5 are unidentified. There is also 1 Belgian Foreign National casualty buried in the site.

ŠPaul Reed 2006

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