Nearby villages and events in the resort
Riccione are the surrounding area are rich in culture and history, featuring in great love affairs and battles between the Montefeltro and the Malatesta families and well worth visiting. As well as what the hotel, Riccione also has lots to offer in terms of sports facilities, including the possibility to practice Golf or dive and swim in the Olympic-size pool just a kilometre away. And our Events, section is always kept up-to-date on what’s on in Riccione.
Towns near Riccione we recommend visiting:
- Gradara. Known for its castle, the backdrop for the tragic affair between Paolo and Francesca, the famous lovers recounted by Dante Alighieri in the Divine Comedy, and surrounded by an enchanting mediaeval village.
- Montegridolfo. This has been named one of “The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” thanks to the work carried out funded by fashion designer Alberta Ferretti; it’s so enchanting it plays host to Jean Paul Gaultier when he visits here on business.
- Mondaino. The site of bitter feuds between the Malatesta and Montefeltro families, now famous for its traditional ditch-matured “fossa” cheese and the characteristic Palio dello Daino held every year in August.
- Montefiore Conca. Another village that’s one of “The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy”, it is also a mediaeval fortress with streets and houses that have remained intact and wonderful panoramic views.
- San Giovanni in Marignano. A village near Cattolica known as the “breadbasket” of the Malatesta family that played host to Garibaldi in 1859. It is now home to leading international companies. “Witches’ Night”, its main summer event, is a celebration of the mysteries of the summer solstice.
- Montebello. A village that has been ruled by both the Malatesta and Montefeltro families, it is famous for its castle, said to be haunted by the ghost of Azzurrina (Guendalina Malatesta), a young albino girl who died within the walls of the castle on 21 June 1375 and who is said to return every five years on the day of the summer solstice. Thrill seekers won’t be disappointed!