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