Our suggestions on what to see in Riccione and surroundings
Holidays, the sun on the beaches of Romagna, clubs ... Riccione is all this but also much more. The city offers ideas of artistic and cultural interest, and the Romagna area boasts countless interesting destinations to visit, such as the small villages on the hills around the city. The International Riccione Camping Village offers you some destinations, to discover the historical, artistic and cultural beauties of the area.
We start right from Riccione, a modern city from the point of view of tourism but which boasts ancient origins, as evidenced by the Roman remains visible in the archaeological site in San Lorenzo in Strada. In the Middle Ages Riccione passed under Malatesta rule. The Agolanti family had their residence built in the city, a castle now renovated and the site of exhibitions and events. You can admire it from the outside on the hills of Riccione.
In the late nineteenth century Riccione began to establish itself as a seaside and tourist resort, and in the 1920s and 1930s the city experienced a boom in visits. Many upscale families built their summer residences here, delightful Art Nouveau villas and cottages still intact today. The most famous are Villa Lodi Fé, one of the first chalet villas on the Adriatic Riviera, Villa Mussolini, purchased by Benito Mussolini in 1934 and the destination of his holidays for ten years, and finally Villa Franceschi, with its Art Nouveau decorations, which today it houses the modern and contemporary art gallery.
A walk through the center will make you discover all the beauties of the city, including its most modern work of art: on the recently modernized promenade you can admire the fountain "the rain forest". It is a real tribute to water, its sounds and all its colors: clear as its jets, blue as the sea behind it, green as the glass columns that kissed by the sun create magical reflections. You can discover all the points of artistic interest in Riccione by consulting the official website.
The Arch of Augustus, the entrance of the city in Roman times, the Tiberius bridge, up to the scenes of Fellini's films drawn on the walls of the houses in Borgo San Giuliano... Rimini is a city that marries the ancient Roman origins with all its history , to create the modernity that distinguishes it today.
Within a few hundred meters you will find the surgeon's Domus - an archaeological site showing the public a Roman house from 200 AD. belonged to a doctor, very interesting for the set of "objects of the trade" of the time on display - and a few steps away the Malatesta temple, a Renaissance jewel that will amaze you with the original decorations of its walls and chapels inside.
While you're in the center, don't miss the opportunity to admire Piazza dei Tre Martiri and Piazza Cavour, with the typical "Fontana della Pigna", and the most important buildings of the city that overlook these two squares. And at the end of the day, before returning, you cannot miss an aperitif in one of the many trendy clubs in Rimini.
The castle of Gradara was immortalized by Dante in the divine comedy, because this is where the story of the unhappy lovers Paolo and Francesca takes place, but many other illustrious families such as the Malatesta and Della Rovere have taken turns in the rooms of the fortress. Even the very famous Lucrezia Borgia lived there for a few years.
You can discover the traces of this illustrious past with a visit to the castle, or choose to lose yourself in the streets of a perfectly maintained city village, where every summer numerous food and wine and food festivals are held, medieval festivals, falconry performances and much more ( complete list on the Pro Loco website of Gradara). The commitment to welcoming and conserving the heritage has made Gradara obtain the prestigious Orange Flag of the Touring Club, which rewards the excellence of the small inland villages.
A visit to San Marino is an essential stop if you are on vacation on the Romagna Riviera. Just 20km from the sea, the atmosphere is completely different, and Monte Titano dominates the landscape. San Marino, located on the top of the mountain, is the capital of the oldest republic in the world, which still welcomes its visitors to a village where time seems to stand still. Walking through its streets means enjoying the medieval atmosphere of a wonderful city, which will enchant the whole family.