Where exactly in Rimini? In September is not so busy as in August. If you travel with kids the best part is close to the port. I dont know hotel gradisca sorry. I know some good and cheap hotels in Rimini but...you've already booked...Anyway riveira romagnola is a very welcome place (that's why they succeed) and I'm sure you will have a nice trip.
Miramare is run down and not the best of areas for safety either. The area near the port has some hotels but nothing else really and quite far to get into town as you have to cross the canal (I take it Gamballs was thinking about the San Giuliano area which is down at the new marina side of town).
The area where Gradisca is is the best part of town to be if you really want to go to Rimini. It's known as Marina centro and is where you will find the best hotels and also the best shops. Miramare is full of cheap junkie tourist rubbish.
If you do decide on Rimini then the choice of Gradisca isn't a bad one.
Take great care on the local buses as they are full of pickpockets.
Give the old town a visit as this is where you will find the real Rimini and the best shops.
San Giuliano Mare is still Rimini as is Miramare, Rivabello etc etc. For someone who doesn't know the resort it can be difficult to decide if it's all one resort or various ones. The names given are the names of the various sections of Rimini.
The port is situated at the Marina Centro area and a canal separates this area and San Giuliano Mare.
There is then the old borg of Borgo San Giuliano where Fellini was born and also with a few good typical restuarants.Acero Rosso being the best one.
From Miramare to the centre there is a tram which runs all the way down to the old town. Finding your bearings in Rimini is easy if you follow the tram numbers which are located above the road. Miramare starts at Tram No 33 and goes all the way down to N°1 which is in Piazza 3 Martiri in the very centre .of the old town.
Hotel Gradisca is located at around Tram N° 11-12 To give you an idea as to where it lies in relation to the centre. It can be easily walked to from this hotel.
Yes in that Bellaria and Igea Marina have a seperate comune or town council but it really just runs all into one from Rimini down.
Bellaria and Riccione both infact although being 2 resorts in their own right , are almost an extension of Rimini on either side. There has been so much development over the last few years that on driving from Riccione to Bellaria, although some 31 kms apart, it seems just like one big sprawling resort which never ends.
i am taking 3 teenagers to a european swim meet in riccione and do not know whether we should stay in rimini or riccione. also does any have any suggestions as to which hotel to stay? any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.