Discovering the Coastal Towns of Emilia Romagna

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Discovering the Coastal Towns of Emilia Romagna


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They are the soul of the maritime tradition of Emilia Romagna and of the high Adriatic Sea and in the past centuries have represented important trade hubs between the Italian peninsula and the peoples of the East.
Bellaria-Igea Marina, Borgo San Giuliano, Cattolica, Cervia, Cesenatico, and Comacchio: these are the 6 Coastal Towns of Emilia Romagna, where the art of fishing, the knowledge of the sea and navigation have reached their maximum.


Bellaria Igea Marina: the Village of the fishermen

The old stories tell that the name Bellaria is due to an exclamation of Pope Gregory XII who, in 1414 when he was guest of Carlo Malatesta, after having long inhaled the salty air coming from the sea, would have said: “Oh, what a beautiful airOh che Bell’aere“, giving the name to the place.
In truth, scholars teach us how the name “Bellaria” is prior to this episode: since the year 1311 in fact, a testament of the Malatesta mentioned “Bellaere” as a fortified residence. The small village had to be particularly important at the time first for the Lords and then for the Papal State; placed at the mouth of the river Uso, the small settlement of fishermen of Bellaria was in fact an easy prey and an easy landing for the frequent raids of the Saracen pirates, so that it was necessary to provide the village with a Watchtower, called the Saracen Tower.
An ancient seaside resort and a holiday destination since 1900, today Bellaria Igea Marina is a modern and charming town that still maintains its lifestyle on a human scale. It is recognized as an ideal holiday location for the friendliness of its inhabitants, and for being a strategic starting point for world-famous art cities such as Ravenna, Ferrara, Venice, Rimini, Urbino, and Florence.

To See:

  • Cycle path of Uso River: 10 km cycle-pedestrian track along the river that reaches the nearby town of San Mauro Pascoli.
  • ┬áParco del Gelso: more than 25 hectares of Mediterranean vegetation and tall trees, is the true green lung of the city

Borgo San Giuliano: the maritime tradition of the Adriatic Sea

It is one of the villages that gave life to the city of Rimini and was once the place where the fishermen and local artisans lived.
Born around the 1000 A.D. near the mouth of the river Marecchia, it was accessed by passing the ancient Tiberius Bridge to the north. Its narrow lanes, the houses piled one on top of the other were certainly the result of a chaotic and spontaneous growth, but as in all the seaside villages, they were also a formidable barrier with strong sea winds, especially during the rigid autumns and winters.
It became a less recommendable place until the second half of the twentieth century, today it lives a period of rebirth thanks to the will of Rimini citizens, that through initiatives such as the Feste de Borg, each year bring the village back to its ancient tradition.
In 1994 with the death of Federico Fellini, the houses of San Giuliano became paintings that portray the scenes from his most famous films, making the walk through the alleys of this village unique that seems to be loved by the director himself.

To See

  • The streets of Borgo San Giuliano: a chance to breathe in person the particular atmosphere of the Italian seaside villages.
  • The films of Federico Fellini: thanks to the many wall paintings that have been realized over time along its streets, Borgo San Giuliano is a real collection of paintings depicting the films of Federico Fellini.
  • The church of San Giuliano: together with the seventeenth-century monastery they guard the great altarpiece by Paolo Veronese (1588) dedicated to the martyrdom of the Saint, recently restored