Not just Rimini!
Anyone deciding to spend their holiday on the Riviera of Romagna can choose from a number of alternatives. History, the sea, fun, relaxation and breath-taking panoramic views are just some of the things the Riviera and inland area can offer holidaymakers. What are you waiting for? Come and discover one of the most fascinating territories on the entire Italian Peninsula and one offering great fun and entertainment.
It’s impossible not to spend at least a day at one of the most beautiful and fun theme parks on the entire Riviera, which combines lots of attractions with great thrills for young and old alike. There’s a wave pool, foam parties, the most varied and adrenalin-packed activities, including kamikaze drop and feel climbing, as well as concerts by some of the best deejays in Europe and wonderful choreography – just some of the things you can enjoy here.
Just a few kilometres from Ravenna is one of the biggest theme parks in Europe. Mirabilandia offers attractions for everyone and unique thrills and spills. Don’t miss the biggest panoramic wheel on the continent, the rapids of Rio Brava, Divertical water coaster and iSpeed. Theme shows, refreshments areas and lots of shops where you can catch your breath and enjoy a bit of retail therapy complete the offer of one of the most delightful and best-organised amusement parks in Italy.
Are you ready to see the wonders of the largest aquarium on the Adriatic? Just a few kilometres from Riccione, Cattolica Aquarium houses over 3,000 fish species from the world’s seas, including tropical fish, 11 different types of piranha, fantastic rays in the touch pool and 14 different species of shark.
Overlooking the beach of Miramare, the thermal spa was the first in Italy to use seawater to cure a huge variety of pathologies. Along with the pools, which combine the properties of thermal water and seawater, there are whirlpools, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a host of body and facial beauty treatments. The complex also has a private beach where guests can take part in water gymnastics courses.
San Marino is a place where time seems to have stood still: a wonderful borough, clinging to a rocky peak not far from the coast, where mediaeval atmospheres, splendid piazzas, narrow streets and breath-taking views will captivate visitors. San Marino can be seen in a day and visitors shouldn’t miss the chance to spend a few hours in the famous Torture Museum, one of the most fascinating in the world, and the city’s towers from which to take in the extraordinary views of lower Romagna.
A handful of kilometres from Riccione stands another unusual hilltop village whose unusual location makes it quite unique. Known also as Montefeltro, the small town can only be reached by a single road which has been carved out of the rock. Visit the cathedral, a wonderful example of Romanesque architecture and clinging to the highest rocky peak, the fifteenth-century fortress where Count Cagliostro found his death after a long imprisonment.
The fortress dominates an enchanted landscape and offers wonderful panoramic views of great treasures and mysteries, including that of Azzurrina, the daughter of the lords of Montebello. The girl was born an albino and her parents, fearing that someone would see something sinister and dangerous in her, decided to dye her hair. Reacting to the pigments, the little girl’s white hair turned sky-blue or azure, hence her nickname. The unfortunate little girl died in the castle’s snowfield on 21 June 1375 and was never found again. Since then, there have been many stories and legends about a little girl who can be heard crying and that many visitors to the castle swear they have heard.
Anyone who wants to escape the fun-packed atmosphere of the Riviera and savour a typically mediaeval one should visit Gradara. Its Malatesta Fortress is magnificent and was the setting for the tragic love story between Paolo and Francesca, as recounted by Dante Alighieri. Visitors should also visit and the Teatro dell’Aria where they can admire falconers training wonderful birds of prey.