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I have been on holiday to Cattolica for the past 9 years, it is a place where once you have been you will want to go again. The hotel I stop in is Hotel Beaurivage, it is an excellent hotel, right on the beach and main street. The management and staff are always polite and helpfull and approachable. It is not as commercialised as Rimini, it has two main streets via Carducci and via Dante which is full of shops. The restaurants are good, the Trocadero bar is excellent and even if you go in just for a drink you can stay as long as you want just watching the world. A short walk in one direction you come to the fountains which are illuminated at night and also Gabicce, you can take the little train to Gabicce Monte which has the coastline to the left and countryside to the left. Gradara, San Marino, Urbino are all near and places worth visiting. In the other direction you have Le Navi which has tropical fish and sharks. The weather is good, as is the food and people who always make you welcome. The beach is clean and there are lots for the children. Cattolica is well worth a visit, and a place I would love to live.
Firstly I have to point out that my review is not about Rimini, instead, about the smaller resort of Cattolica and the town of Gabbice about 5k south of Rimini, and easily accessable. Cattolica is a wonderful place! Rimini may be dangerous and the beaches dirty, but Cattolica as the complete opposite. Cattolica is a smallish fishing town on the Adriatic Riviera, very popular with Italian and German families. It is not as overcrowdeed as Rimini, and there are a lot of nice hotels. The hotel we stayed in was the 4* hotel Madison, the room was clean, airconditioned, and pleasent and the food was excellent. The staff were polite, but we did have a few communication problems as English is not fluently spoken by many. The hotel is made up of a main building and an annexe, with a good sized pool in between the two buildings. The beach and sea were extremely clean. We visited in June, which is still seen as low season despite the sunny weather, so it wasn't too crowded although the beaches are covered in sun loungers. The loungers are cheap to hire. The beach is divided into different sections for each hotel and usually includes a childrens play area and sometimes a free babysitting service. You can also hire pedalo boats, the sea is very calm so it is a good way to spend an hour (and again, very cheap). Neighbouring Cattolica is the small town of Gabbice, which comprises of Gabbice Mare (Gabbice by the sea), and Gabbice Monte (Gabbice on the mountain). This town is virtually dead during the hot daytime hours but at night it springs into life! The main street retains a traditional Italian feel, most of the shops are little shops selling local produce, and most things are reasonably priced. A small road-train runs a cheap service between Gabbice Mare & Monte, as it is quite a walk up the road to the mountain in the heat! In the evenings you can go on a boat trip around the coast, which is very pleasent, and on board you will be served wine and freshly caugh t fish! Cattolica is very close to both Rimini and San Marino, and in both places there are lots to do. I cannot stress enough what a wonderful time we had in Cattolica. It is a different world to the busyness of Rimini, everything is very laid back. Prices are cheap in comparison to England, and people are friendly. But a hint - it is useful to learn a few Italian phrases before you go - or take a phrasebook! As mentioned before, not many locals speak English very well and there are not many British tourists so there can be a bit of a language barrier which at times can be frustrating! Overall, I would really recommend Cattolica as a family holiday destination, or a romantic location for couples. However, if you are looking for clubs and nightlife - head for Rimini.
Rimini is one of the most well-know touristic place in Italy. It's very famous beacuse it's full of discos where young people from everywhere spend their nights. The sea is not very clean and in August the beach is full of people. You can chose to go to a swimming poole. It depends what you are looking for: if you wanna have a realxing holiday that's not the right place. But if you prefer an execiting holiday with "sex, drug and rock 'nd roll" you'll enjoy it very much. In Rimini you can find lots of very cheap hotels, not too far from the sea. It's better if you don't go alone if you are a girl or a lady, it's not very safe. When you are in Rimini, remember to taste the piadina, a kind of bread with ham and cheese, or tomatoes. During the afternoon, before the disco-time, you can have a walk in the centre, full of shops and you can visit the real Rimini, the Rimini without tourists. It's a very old village, where Malatesta family lived and built beautiful buildings. After that you could have a walk on the seafront, very nice at evenings.
Rimini is a city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and capital city of the Province of Rimini. The 13th century Cathedral (San Francesco, best known as Tempio Malatestiano) was originally in Gothic style, but was transformed by order of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta according to the designs of Leon Battista Alberti and never completed. In the cathedral are the tombs of Sigismondo and his wife Isotta. The church of San Giuliano Martire (1553-1575), housing the great picture of Paul Veronese (1588) representing the martyrdom of that saint. It includes also pictures of Bittino da Faenza (1357) dealing with some episodes of the saint's life (1409).