Riccione is located just outside the popular beach resort of Rimini on Italy's Adriatic Coast. As well as the beach attractions, Riccione has many theme parks, almost 100 restaurants, shops, restaurants and nightclubs and is particularly popular with European visitors. The area dates back to pre-Roman times and there are many Roman sites to visit in Rimini including the Palazzo dell'Arengo on the Piazza Cavour, the Malatesta Temple and the recently discovered surgeon's dwellings at the Piazza Ferrari.
This lovely sandy beach at Riccione is perfect for relaxing on or swimming in the sea. Beach clubs have equipment for hire and visitors can enjoy almost any waterbased activity from banana boat rides to jet skiing and windsurfing.
Just a short distance inland from the coast, there is another quieter side to Riccione which are ideal for walking and cycling. The surrounding countryside has spectacular rural scenery with castles and historic fortresses. Coriano offers relaxing walks along the Marano River Park and the Rio Melo Valley.Festivals
Local festivals are widely celebrated throughout the year including the Spring Carnival, Semana Santa (Easter), the Sangiovese Red Wine Festival in August, the Tripe and Strozzaprete Pasta Festival at Montecolombo and the Olive Fair at Coriano in the autumn. With plenty of parades, fairs, music and dancing, they are a great cultural experience to join in.
Gemmano is an unspoilt place to visit with plenty of walking trails. The Onferno Caves are of outstanding geological interest and there is plenty of wildlife around.
The village of Montecolombo is just 20km (13 miles) from your Riccione holiday villa and is clustered around the 11th century castle. The San Martino Church is worth visiting to see the 18th century painting by Brancaleoni.Florence
Florence is within driving distance of your Riccione holiday home, just 160km (100 miles) away. It is known for its exceptional art and architecture and the 600 year old Duomo has the largest brick-built dome in the world. The campanile (bell tower) and the baptistery buildings nearby are both quite beautiful works of architecture. The famous Ponte Vecchio, which is lined with shops, spans the River Arno and is worth a visit.
The area around Riccione has hot Mediterranean summers with plenty of sunshine and blue skies. Summers temperatures average around 84°F (29°C). The spring is a lovely time to visit for those wanting to walk and explore the area. It is a popular place to visit all year round as the weather remains mild during the autumn and winter months.
The nearest airport to your Bellaria Igea Marina villa is the Rimini Federico Fellini International (RMI) Airport just 5km (3 miles) away. From there buses and taxis run to Riccione or you can pick up a hire car.