On the border
between Romagna and the Marches, nestling around a natural bay at the foot of
Mount San Bartolo, Cattolica boasts an age-old
tradition of hospitality. This
capacity for making people feel welcome was developed in the nineteenth century
when well-to-do families from Emilia built themselves small villas in the area
for their seaside holidays. The vocation was definitely confirmed after the
World War II with the building of many hotels which today make the resort one
of the most popular centres on the Riviera of Romagna.
It is called the Queen of the Adriatic and on careful appraisal reveals elegance and refinement as a short walk around the tree-lined streets and squares of the town centre will confirm. They are places designed for socializing, enjoyment and getting the best out of life. Shops, boutiques, coffee bars, and ice-cream parlours welcome and accompany visitors walking through this open-air salon, from the Town Hall in Piazza Roosevelt to Piazza Primo Maggio overlooking the sea.
Piazza Primo Maggio, also known as the Square of the Dancing Fountains is the beating heart of the township. An important renovation project planned at the end of the eighties, has given the square its present appearance – that of an inviting open-air meeting place characterized by beautiful fountains and gardens decorating the perimeter. Both during the daytime and in the evening guests are fascinated by the impressive choreography of the dancing columns and jets of water in time to music.
Piazza della Repubblica is nearby, south of the centre where the Polivalent Cultural Centre is located. It includes a library, a media library and the Teatro della Regina (Queen’s Theatre). In winter months the theatre puts on a rich programme of events and shows, whereas in summer these events take place in the adjacent Arena della Regina.
In the Museo della Regina (Queen’s Museum) evidence of Cattolica’s long-standing seafaring tradition is found along with Roman remains testifying to the origins of the town.
The area around the port has been improved by the attractive new harbour area dedicated to tourism and surrounded by shops and night clubs. With the Aquarium at the Le Navi Park the town offers a further opportunity: an exciting trip into the depths of the sea.
Surface: 6 kmq
how to get there:
A 14 "Bologna - Bari" - tollgate "Cattolica"
tollgates within 10 km: Riccione
state roads: SS 16 Adriatica - "Ferrara-Ostuni"
provincial roads: SP 17 "Saludecese", SP 121
railway line "Rimini - Ancona"
railway stations tel. 892021
railway stations near Cattolica (within 10 km): Misano Adriatico, Riccione
bus station near railway station
bus station for lines from the north and the centre of Italy:
Rimini - Miramare via Flaminia tel. 0541 379800