The Adriatic coast offers several popular beach resorts and lots of leisure activities. The entire Riviera Romagnola is an Eden for those who enjoy swimming, wind-surfing and the beach. WIth its shallow waters and long beaches it is also ideal for families with children. This popular tourist destination offers several leisure and bathing facilities, well known nightspots, together with the welcoming atmosphere and balmy climate.
Where to go
Today Rimini is the largest beach resort in Europe. The beach of Rimini's Riviera is a forty-kilometre-long expanse of fine sand which hosts an array of colourful beach umbrellas. The night-life here is always exciting and lively. This town is an ideal destination for those who would like to spend a relaxing day on the beach, enjoy a fun night, or for sports lovers. Rimini's old quarter, by contrast, is pleasantly quiet. Rimini's finest building is the Tempio Malatestiano, built as a Franciscan church but converted in 1450 by the architect Leon Battista Alberti into one of Italy's great Renaissance monuments.
What to do
All year round, the Riviera Romagnola offers both adults and children the possibility to enjoy all kinds of thrills with its remarkably wide array of funfairs, theme parks, aqua parks such as Aquafan, of Fiabilandia, the nearby theme park of Oltremare, a magic fairytale world of tailor-made attractions for children, including Peter Pan's beach, Merlin's castle and a gold mine or Italia in Miniatura, a fun, educational park displaying outstanding reproductions of Italy's most representative architectural beauties. Ravenna and its beaches are situated within a short driving distance from Mirabilandia, the largest funfair in Romagna. It offers visitors a fun and thrilling experience, while enjoying spectacular attractions, amazing shows and events, interesting educational programmes and funny characters.
What to eat
Emilia Romagna is Italy's gourmet capital, and home to Parmesan, Parma ham, balsamic vinegar and the piadina. Pasta is an art form here. Tagliatelle and tortellini pasta are well known all over the world.