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Riccione, Province of Rimini, Emilia‑Romagna

Among the main destinations of summer tourism on the Adriatic Riviera, it is one of the best known resorts in Northern Italy.
It is a favourite attraction for young people, thanks to the number and variety of discos on the Riviera, and for families with children, who love its theme parks, aquarium and aquaparks. The sea-front is a long shaded boulevard, sided by a bicycle lane.

Info

  • Altitude: 12 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 34,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 47838
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0541
  • Patron Saint: St. Martino, celebrated on 11th November
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  • Frazioni & Localities: Abissinia, Alba, Centro, Colombarina, Fontanelle, Il Villaggio, San Lorenzo in Strada, Spontricciolo
  • GPS Coordinates: 44°N 12°39"E
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History

Archeological findings show that the area was inhabited in the 2nd century BC, and the settlements in Roman times was along the via Flaminia, near Ariminum, one of the main Roman towns in Northern Italy. In 1260 AD the town was ruled by a Florentine family, the Agolanti, and the ruins of their castle are still visible on the hills behind Riccione.

Tourist development began in the late 19th century, and also Benito Mussolini in 1934 bought a villa here, where he spent his holidays with the family for 10 years. In the 1930's there were already over 80 hotels, and after WW2 the resort became a favorite summer destination of VIP's as soccer champion Pelè, Mina, Ugo Tognazzi, Vittorio De Sica, Gina Lollobrigida and more.

What to see

  • The Oltremare park, Via Ascoli Piceno 6, a fantasy theme adventure park with a great many different animal environments
  • The Beach Village aquapark, on the seafront boulevard Viale D'Annunzio, 150
  • The IMAX entertainment centre
  • The Aquafan, Via Pistoia
  • Riccione Terme, the spa establishment, Viale Torino 4
  • Indiana Golf, Via Torino 30, the largest adventure-golf theme park in Italy.
  • Italia in Miniatura, Via Popilia, 239, Viserba, the unique theme park with hundreds of perfect reproductions of monuments
  • Fiabilandia, Via Cardano, 15, at Rivazzurra Rimini a magical entertainment park for children and families
  • Le Navi, Piazzale delle Nazioni, 1, Cattolica, among the most beautiful aquariums in Italy
  • The large Atlantica Aquapark, Piazza Marco Polo, 4, at Cesenatico.

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