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Tales of the sea. This is what Bellaria Igea Marina speaks of to its guests. The small, ancient fishing village became a renown sea side resort in the Twentieth Century. During the Summer the 7 km beach running along the Adriatic becomes a spacious setting where you can enjoy the sea.

Shallow, safe waters are perfect for families with children; sports and fitness equipment are particularly appreciated by young people; efficient beach service combined with the proverbial friendliness of the beach attendants are the best for those who love the sun, resting and relaxing. For those who need to hold a meeting, only two steps away from the sea there is now a modern conference centre, too.

Tales of the sea. The name Bellaria itself, whose origin experts are still not certain of, seems to evoke the wonder of the sea air. Alfredo Panzini, the writer, had discovered this beauty. At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, he used to spend his holidays in Bellaria in the Red House, which is nowadays one of the symbols of the town.
 
Igea Marina was named after the daughter of Asclepio, the God of health and well being. The doctor and naturalist Vittorio Belli named it thus when he founded the town at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. He also left a heritage of streets named after Latin poets and writers.

Tales of the sea. A monument, the Saracen Tower built in the XVII Century, used to serve as a defence from which to spot enemies. It evokes a dangerous sea infested by ferocious and unpredictable pirates who had to be met with "harquebus, mortar, powder and fuse". Ancient stories. Nowadays the Tower houses a sea shell museum.


In the canal port, the Teresina fishing boat, a grand lady of the sea, is a silent witness to the fishing tradition which has given a livelihood to and fed so many families. The bragozzo (two-mast Adriatic trawler) was built in 1948 and retired in 1987. It was restored in 2003 to remind everyone that the roots of Bellaria Igea Marina are firmly in the sea. Roots which are still alive today.
Tales of the sea. Fading period postcards show elegant ladies walking along the beach under parasols. They are a witness to the beginnings of tourism, a tradition of hospitality which Bellaria Igea Marina has never abandoned since.
 
Quite to the contrary, this tradition has been strengthened and renewed: hotels with comfortable and modern facilities, restaurants where fish from the Adriatic sea and local farm produce make up triumphant dishes, facilities and buildings to play any kind of sport in, a thick web of bars, pubs, cafés, trendy clubs, discos and entertainment. A history of hospitality which is always looking to the future.

Tales of the sea. The colours blue and green blend in Bellaria Igea Marina. The large Gelso park in Igea Marina is the town's green lung. An area 25 hectares large, right in the middle of the town, where tall trees like pine and small oak alternate, forming harmonious areas of colour and scent.

The numerous tree lined avenues, like the Isola dei Platani (plane-tree island) in Bellaria and Via Ennio in Igea Marina are the favoured setting for the evening stroll, for shopping and entertainment events which the town organizes for its guests.
 

HINTERLAND

 

Rimini

Situated in the centre of Italy and well served by the principal European cities, Rimini is the symbol and the ideal place of diversified tourism. Rimini, ancient and modern, popular and cultured, spectacular and craftsmanlike was sung about and immortalised by the Maestro of Italian cinema, Federico Fellini, whose art brought the legendary place to the attention of the world.
 

San Marino

At 750 m. above sea level, in the world's smallest and oldest sovereign state which has maintained its freedom and independence for centuries, you are already abroad. From Mount Titano, the profiles of the three towers (Guaita, Cesta and Montale) stand out, symbols of the Republic which boasts, among its other glories, a noteworthy history and tradition of stamp and coin collecting, much appreciated all over the world.
 

Ravenna

Ravenna stands close to a magnificent pinewood and boasts an extraordinary number of basilicas, baptistries and mausoleums. The harmony of the classical-style buildings blends together with precious marbles and the famous Byzantine mosaics. The city is also well known for its main street lined with fashion boutiques (55 km).
 

Santarcangelo di Romagna

A portal to the past, a special place, a pearl in the Valmarecchia "of the poets": this is Santarcangelo! And it is here that the poets of the "Circal de giudeizi" meet, together with their movement's founder, Tonino Guerra. Don't miss Rocca Malatestiana, the Capuchin convent, the nineteenth-century fish hatchery, the Arch and Square dedicated to Pope Ganganelli, the mysterious tuff-stone caves and the wrought-iron and canvas rust-printing crafts shops.
 

San Leo

In the heart of Valmarecchia, on a 600 m. hill, stands San Leo, the historic capital of the Montefeltro family. As well as its fortress, the Pieve, and the Duomo, San Leo is also famous for the mysterious and fascinating personage, Count "alchemist" Cagliostro, who was imprisoned in the fortress and died there in 1795.
  

Verucchio

From its strategic position it dominates the splendid panorama of Valmarecchia. Don't miss, apart from the Rocca, the Collegiata of Saints Martin and Francis of Assisi, and the Civic Museum of Archaeology.
 

Urbino

Urbino is synonymous with art and culture. Famous is the Ducal Palace museum containing works of art from the 14th to the 17th centuries, but above all some of the most significant masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, a period also strongly reflected in the city's architecture. Very characteristic are the small workshops in the old-town centre where it is possible to watch craftsmen at work and buy articles of various kinds (60 km).
 

Gradara

A classic old hamlet, enclosed within a long boundary wall where the imposing picturesque castle, a superb example of military architecture, completes the medieval centre. The Rocca was completed by the Malatesta family between 1307 and 1325, and subsequently renovated several times. Legend has it that in Gradara, the Malatesta household was the setting of the tragic love between Paolo and Francesca, sung by Dante: "My mouth she kissed, all a-tremble..."


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