Isabella Santacroce, a famous Italian novelist born and brought up in Riccione, wrote in one of her informal pieces, 'Finding the self is something we will have the most trouble with. Experiences do teach, but who's to say that what they teach will ever be needed? If one experience is useful in another context, I'd never call it an experience in the first place.
The good people of Riccione know a thing or two about experiences. The city has seen upheavals like very few other cities do. From extreme popularity to depths of obscurity and from the worst phases of desolation to glittering prosperity, various eras have left indelible marks on the history of Riccione, and her people.
Riccione of today is best known as a tranquil town-village hybrid in rural Italy that's frequented by who's who of the world to get a moment or two of peace of mind and much needed alone-time. From star footballers like Pele to superstar singers like Michael Jackson, many a celebrities have turned to Riccione frequently to get away from their hectic lives. Admittedly, Riccione is not the first choice for tourists who are looking for some relaxation on Italian shores, but in the past two decades, more and more people have started paying attention to the wealth of natural beauty that Riccione has been blessed with, resulting in increased flow of tourists “ especially from the UK and the US.
If you are planning on visiting Riccione anytime soon, you would be glad to know that the city is much more affordable in terms of long stays than other Mediterranean coastal cities.
Budget Lodging in Riccione
Just as was mentioned in the conclusive parts of the previous section of this article, staying and lodging in Riccione is definitely more affordable than spending time in other cities like, let's say Ibiza.
Travelers who are looking for cheap hotels in Riccione must note that not all of such places offer basic amenities (Internet, for example) that you might have taken for granted. That, however, shouldn't be a problem if you are just looking for a place to crash at night and keep your luggage safe while you enjoy the scenic spots in and around Riccione all day long. Budget lodges also have various upgradation options available that you can resort to in case you need add-on amenities, over and top of the basic ones provided in the fare.
What About Luxury Hotels?
Well, since we have established the fact that Riccione is regularly visited by celebs and influential people from all walks of life and from all over the world, it goes without saying that Riccione boasts of its share of luxury resorts that befit its status of an up-and-coming tourist favorite.
Luxury Riccione hotels are more or less to be found in a clutter along the shores that the city is fortunate to have. The best attraction about these lavish hotels in Riccione is that they offer an enviable view of pristine blue waters and white sand beaches to their guests.
In addition to a picture perfect view, guests are also accorded with extremely posh hospitality and global cuisines to make sure that their stay in Riccione is not just limited to beaches and swimming!
Hotel Belvedere is the best known hotel in Riccione, standing tall at over five storeys that house over two dozen exotically decorated suites that its guests are sure to fancy. A comfortable indoor swimming pool and outdoor lounge further make Hotel Belvedere a hot favorite hotel for foreign tourists. The Atlantic Hotel of Riccione is another hotel in the long list of luxury hotels in Riccione that take the meaning of ˜hospitality' many notches higher!
Sightseeing in Riccione
Riccione, in the strictest sense of the concept, is not a city laden with sights that would attract tourists from distant corners of the world. It is primarily a city that attracts tourists due to its calm and cool weather, supremely majestic calm waters and well-maintained white sand beaches.
The Adriatic Coast of Riccione is particularly filled with a number of noted nightclubs and bars that routinely attract young students and professionals from all over Europe and the US.
If at all you are traveling to Riccione with your family and you happen to have the company of young children, Oltremare Water Park is perhaps one place in Riccione that you should never miss out on. The park features various dolphin shows with educational documentaries about marine life that are sure to appeal to visitors of all ages.
Moreno Beach is the most popular one in Riccione, but chances are high that you will run into a crowd there. Bagni beach can be a great alternative in such a case, especially because it is lined up with many eateries and local food joints, along with global favorites like KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonald's.
Do's & Dont's of Sightseeing in Riccione
Riccione is a fairly safe place to travel to, unlike some other Sicilian beach towns in Italy. Riccione hotels do tend to have electronic safe vaults to keep your valuables, and it is best advised to use them before embarking on a long day of sunbathing and sightseeing in Riccione.
The only point that can be covered under the head ˜Dont's' is that not carrying enough of sunblock or not wearing sunglasses can present many temporary irritations “ especially to tourists who are unfamiliar with sunny weather.
Getting Around in Riccione
Riccione is fairly small city when we talk about its size. In terms of population as well, it wouldn't definitely rank among the top five cities in Italy. Considering this, it can be predicted that much Riccione population relies on their mode of transport. So, if you are planning on staying in Riccione, you should make sure that you arrange for a private car on rent or a long-term hourly basis taxi booking. With the exception of some cheap hotels, most establishments in Riccione do assist their guests in arranging for local transportation, including a knowledgeable travel guide!