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Is Riccione suitable for a family holiday in 2013?

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Blaydon on Tyne
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Is Riccione suitable for a family holiday in 2013?

Hi everyone, any response would be greatly appreciated. Basically we would like to goto Riccione next July\August and have a holiday which meets the following criteria:-

- reasonably close to a beach (walking distance)

- close to theme parks (we will hire a car)

- not noisy after midnight

- has a promenade or other area for long walks on a sunny summers night

- Preferably has a piazza or other town area

- good\nice restaurants

Our family are mum, dad and an 8 year old boy.

Thanks again for any advice or assiatance. If you think that there's another area of italy which would be more suitable then please feel free to let me know.



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1. Re: Is Riccione suitable for a family holiday in 2013?

Riccione is part of the most overcommercialised part of Italy as far as beach holidays are concerned. The strip from Torre Pedrera north of Rimini down to Cattolica.

ENtire seafront is awash with Hotels for this entire stretch and the entire beach from Torre to Cattolica is covered in "Bagni" (Beach emplacements) where you pay for the privilege of going to the beach. You can not just plonk yourself down on the sand. There are a few "free" beach areas dotted around.

A sun lounger will cost from ~ €15 per day peak season

This entire stretch is traditionally where the Italians have fled to in August for many years. Rimini always been popular with the younger crowd. Mecca for young italian clubs/disco goers. My italian friends of many years (originally from Turin and Milan and now in their late 40s) said they ended up in Rimini in the summer with family and as teenagers.

For Rimini basically think Blackpool with sun (gets tackier further south you go toward Riccione - from about viale Tripoli onwards). Area north of the river up towards Torre Pedrera popular family destination.

Riccione is the more upmarket place.

Viale Ceccarini off the via Milano is a nice area. Is mostly pedestrianised with shops and variety of restaurant choices. Cafes and bars. Side streets also have othe bars and restaurants/shops.

Generally this coastal stretch doesn't really have a promenade as you may think of it in the real sense. Basically the whole beach is awash with these Bagni. Next to the beach in large areas is a "promenade" pavement.

Next to the pavement you can then find a main road then the Hotels set back from this. Does vary in places. Riccione far nicer than Rimini in this respect.

If you thought that this would a one large seafront walk with cafes, bars, shops that you may see in other countries think again.

One of the biggest problems in this area is "addresses". You can not take a places "town" address as an indication of location

Rimini addresses cover ~ 14km of coastline from Torre Pedrera in the north until the bottom end of the airport. Riccione ~ 6km and sort of blends into Misano Adriatico.

It is therefore important to get the exact address of any Hotel.

Personally if you wanted a family holiday with themeparks/waterparks on your doorstep, nice villages with piazzas and pedestrian areas with shops and restaurants I would suggest lake Garda.

Somewhere like Lazise or Bardolino. Lazise is a personal favourite. Centre pedestrianised inside old medieval walls. Small alleyways with shops, bar and restaurants, lakeside promenade with restaurants.

Evenings are all about enjoying a meal, going for a walk, ice-cream, people watching. No clubbing.

Major family holiday destination.

Good Hotels with good service. Very reasonable pricewise as well as eating out.

Gardaland themepark and Caneva waterpark are located between Lazise and Peschiera.



Not far from Verona (local bus service goes from Verona via Peschiera and up the entire east side of the lake).


Peschiera at the south end is on the Milan-Venice Intercity line and you can visit Venice for a day (2hrs on a Regional train - www.fsitaliane.it for Italian rail).

Lake Garda is extremely popular with Northern Europeans (especially the Germans).

So 2 ways of looking at it. You may have wanted to go to a more "Italian" holiday destination but on the other hand at Lake Garda because the clientele is mostly northern European you do find generally far better service/quality for your money. The clientele are used to different type of service and it is reflected in the Hotels/restaurants etc.

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2. Re: Is Riccione suitable for a family holiday in 2013?

Hi BlaydonBlunde, The charge for the sunlounges and umbrellas are usually not applied for hotel guests. In Riccione there is the big water park Aquafan.


For more info about the area, check


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3. Re: Is Riccione suitable for a family holiday in 2013?

Thank you for a great response and so quick!. You've confirmed our opinion of Riccione, so we are now looking at Lake Garda. We just hope that the accommodation that we've found isn't fully booked yet.

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4. Re: Is Riccione suitable for a family holiday in 2013?

I think Riccione is much more fun that Garda Lake at any age, it's a place where you'll find tourists but mainly Italians, while on Garda Lake everything seems done for tourist only.

Riccione is yes overcrowded in August, but not at all in July: only in the weekends is full of people while during the week there are just mums, grandmothers or baby sitters with kids, so is quite calm.

The beach is large and nice, the sea is nothing special like everywhere in Notrh Adriatic, there are plenty of place to visit around (Rimini in its historical romanic centre, Gradara, S. Leo, Urbino etc..).

During the last 3-4 years they renovated the lungomare, so in the central area you have a new pedestrian path all alonfg the sea full of restaurants, bars, activities.

The food is delicious everywere and you can eat a wonderful piadina for a few euros and very good fish at reasonable prices

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5. Re: Is Riccione suitable for a family holiday in 2013?

Sorry I posted before finishing:

theme parks:

aquafan but also Oltremare (dolphins and other sea animals), in Cattolica parco le Navi (Sharks and other sea animals) + Turtle hospital + luna park every night.

Hotels in Riccione on my experience are less expensive than in Garda area even because most of tourist at present are italians.

Riccione is called la perla verde dell'adriatico (Adriatic green pearl), and and a part from the main steets (lungomare, Viale Ceccarini and Viale Milano), the other smaller streets are very quiet at night.

Riccine is devided in 4 areas: Terme, Abissinia, Centre and Alba; Abissinia and centre are the most central and the best, less hotels and more private houses, between bagni n° 55 and 85 more or less.

I've been in Riccione since I was a kid and my kids are doing they same and we love it, I know it as my hom town (Bologna), so I would be happy to give you more info.

I don't know your budget but a wonderful quite expensive hotel to stay with kids is Hotel Belvedere.

For Piadina Bar Leneredi at beach n° 65

for good fish not expensive Trampolines on Lungomare or Diana on Viale Ceccarini.

I have been in Garda lake area, it's very nice, but lakes are much more boring in comparison to sea side.


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