Back in Riccione
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Back in Riccione

I have just spent two weeks in Italy. I went back to Riccione, on the Adriatic Coast. The main reason for my travel there was to attend my friend’s 50th birthday party. I had a great time, we all had a great time, as a lot of good friends came at the same time. There was a lot of socialising and being together, something that I like and enjoy very much. The focal point of the stay was the birthday party, especially as my friend invested a lot of time and effort and organised an event that, I am sure, everyone present will remember for a long time. Being together with close and dear people is priceless.

Another important factor that immensely contributed to the overall enjoyable stay was the weather. Apparently, the day when I arrived to Italy right at the beginning of June was the first proper sunny day, after months of rain. That was pure luck, especially as hot and sunny weather remained throughout my entire two weeks stay. What I also liked was that, as it was the beginning of June, day time temperatures were around 25-26 degrees C, which means that it was never too hot, like it can be in July or August.

So, I went to the beach every day. Because of prolonged bad weather in May and as it was early June, there were not many tourists in Riccione. I was there in the same period of the year in the past. But, I have never seen so few people like this time. Of course, it was a plus and I tremendously enjoyed the tranquil aspect of the town.

 

Spiaggia Libera - Back in Riccione
Free Beach

 

The beach to which I went to is the biggest free beach. I have already written about this beach in my previous posts. The beach is at the border between Riccione and Rimini’s neighbourhood Rivazzurra. It is in front of the abandoned Colonia Santo Volto, on Viale Principe di Piemonte.

 

Beach - Back in Riccione
Free Beach

 

I cycled to the beach every day, while my friends were going there by car. It was an excellent daily exercise, some 6km each way. It is not a huge distance, but I still felt very tired at the end of the day. Also, as you can see from photos in this post, the beach was nearly empty, especially during the week. There were more people on the weekends, but not in excessive numbers. I practically had the beach for myself.

The only downside was that water was still cold and it was not possible to swim for longer than several minutes. At least, it was too cold for my taste. Previously, when I came to Riccione in early June, water was much warmer. But, in those years it had not rained that much in the preceding period.

 

Back in Riccione
Me on the Beach

 

Every morning, I was waking up to the beautiful view from my friend’s flat, in the hills of Riccione. I would have a coffee and a breakfast and then I would go to the beach.

 

Back in Riccione
A View from the Flat

 

Riccione looks as pretty as ever. As a matter of fact, this is the best time of the year to go there, in my opinion. Days are the longest in early June. Also, it is not too hot and there are still not too many people. My journey to the beach would first take me through Riccione Paese.

 

Back in Riccione
Riccione Paese

 

From there, I would reach the absolutely beautiful Viale Ceccarini. The whole street, both the upper and the lower pedestrian part, are kept in perfect condition. For the occasion of La Notte Rosa, the centre of Riccione has been appropriately decorated in pink colour. Someone may mistake such decoration for celebration of LGBT equality, tolerance and inclusion. But, as it is Italy, it is nothing like that. La Notte Rosa is a totally different event, nothing to do with LGBT. It is a summer festival organised in Romagna and the northern part of the Marche region.

 

Viale Ceccarini - Back in Riccione
Viale Ceccarini

 

In any case, the street looks pretty and the decoration builds the excitement for the event scheduled for the first weekend in July.

 

Giardini Melvis Jones - Back in Riccione
Giardini Melvis Jones

 

Viale Dante has been also similarly decorated, but only the part from Viale Ceccarini until the port. They have not decorated the entire length of this long street, perhaps it would have been too much. Plus, the decorated part is where you can find most restaurants, bars, coffee and ice-cream shops.

 

Viale Dante - Back in Riccione
Viale Dante

 

That was the route that I was taking every day on my way to the beach.

 

Viale Dante - Back in Riccione
Viale Dante

 

It was very pleasant and I frequently stopped to take a photo or to simply enjoy in beautiful trees along Viale Dante.

 

Viale Dante - Back in Riccione
Viale Dante

 

Once you arrive to the end of Viale Dante, the cycling path runs along the beach. As a matter of fact, the cycling path is all along the beach, but I chose to cycle along two of Riccione’s most beautiful streets. Beaches in Riccione are all very well organised, with sun loungers and beach umbrellas.

 

Beach no. 127 - Back in Riccione
Beach no. 127

 

They are numbered and mostly reserved for use by hotel guests. Some sections are open for everyone, but you have to pay to use them. They all look very pretty and are well kept.

 

Beach no. 127 - Back in Riccione
Beach no. 127

 

Regardless, I still prefered to go to the free beach. Unless you are a hotel guest and can use the allocated beach for free, there is really no need to pay. Especially, when you have a fantastic beach a bit further away.

 

Beach no. 127 - Back in Riccione
Beach no. 127

 

One other point to take into consideration is that these organised beaches are primarily for families with children. So, if you want to have peaceful and relaxing time, you really have to stay away from these beaches.

 

Beach no. 124 - Back in Riccione
Beach no. 124

 

At the end of the day, it is a matter of preference. I understand that a lot of people want to spend their time in these nicely organised beaches, with comforts that sun loungers and umbrellas provide. Especially, if they are a part of your package, that comes with the hotel that you booked. They are clean, well kept and pretty looking. They provide an enjoyable ambience, something so closely associated with Italy.

 

Changing Cabins - Back in Riccione
Changing Cabins

 

My enjoyable and healthy stay in Italy also included visits to restaurants and bars. This time, I visited some new places, but I also went back to places to which I went in the past. It is always precious to go for a dinner or for an aperitivo with friends.

 

Agriturismo Albarosa - Back in Riccione
Agriturismo Albarosa

 

The actual day of my friend’s birthday, we went to Agriturismo Albarosa, in Via Laureto 874, in Mondiano. I have previously written about this type of restaurants. They are usually located in the countryside, away from tourist hot-spots. They primarily cater for the local Italian population. These places are where you eat fantastically, for little money.

 

Agriturismo Albarosa - Back in Riccione
Agriturismo Albarosa

 

That was the first time for me to go to this particular place. It is a rustic restaurant, with a splendid decor. The food was absolutely phenomenal. It took us approximately 30 minutes to get there by car from Riccione. In any case, it was an excellent choice and I strongly recommend this place. It is a place where I would like to go back.

 

Inside of Agriturismo Albarosa - Back in Riccione
Inside of Agriturismo Albarosa

 

We also went back to Agriturismo I Crinali, which I mentioned in my post Enjoying Riccione. It is another fantastic and reasonably priced restaurant, with exquisite food.

 

Agriturismo I Crinali - Back in Riccione
Agriturismo I Crinali

 

The photo below is the area in front of this restaurant. Agriturismo I Crinali is in a wonderful setting, in the middle of nothing, surrounded by fields and trees. I already look forward to going back there again, the place is so good.

 

Agriturismo I Crinali - Back in Riccione
Agriturismo I Crinali

 

Another restaurant to which I went for the first time is I Due Fratelli, in Via Scacciano 15, in Scacciano. This is some 5 minutes by car from my friend’s place. Despite the fact that I have been going to Riccione for so many years, I have never been there before. There is another excellent restaurant in Scacciano to which we always go, so this place was somehow neglected.

 

Ristorante I Due Fratelli - Back in Riccione
Ristorante I Due Fratelli

 

This is one more of those fabulous places, where you eat excellent food and the cost is very reasonable. As it is away from Riccione’s touristic areas, the locals are the main customer base. This means that the restaurant keeps a very high standard, in order to have people coming back regularly. Everything brought to the table was superb and delicious. I will definitely go back to this place too.

 

Ristorante I Due Fratelli - Back in Riccione
Ristorante I Due Fratelli

 

There is a new restaurant – Manna – in Riccione Paese. We went there to check how it is. It is in Viale Lazio 30. This is a proper restaurant, a bit pricey, but we went there for a pizza. They advertise as Cucina con Pizza, which means Kitchen with Pizza. It was good, although we had to wait for a long time for our meal to arrive. I suspect that was because for them pizza is secondary and on the side, they primarily concentrate on proper meals.

 

Ristorante Manna - Back in Riccione
Ristorante Manna – Cucina con Pizza

 

We also went back to Pepper Riccione, in Viale Lazio 12. As I previously mentioned, it is an excellent bar, away from touristic spots. A perfect place for an afternoon coffee or a late afternoon aperitivo.

 

Pepper Riccione - Back in Riccione
Pepper Riccione

 

Finally, when in Italy, one has to eat an ice-cream. Truly, the ice-cream in Italy is the best that you can get in the whole world. The Italians have mastered it to perfection. Adler is a famous ice-cream shop, in Viale Dante. If you are there and feel like having an ice-cream, go to this place and try it. It is excellent.

 

Adler - Back in Riccione
Adler

 

However, my favourite ice-cream place in Riccione is Panna & Cioccolato. Their ice-cream is divine. Although, I am perfectly aware that I should never eat such things, I could not resist. Anyway if we do it very occasionally, perhaps it’s OK.

 

Panna & Cioccolato - Back in Riccione
Panna & Cioccolato

 

All in all, I had two perfect weeks in Italy. Surrounded by friends, on the beach and having delicious meals in excellent restaurants. All that, with sunny and hot days and pleasant and warm nights as a background.

So, how much more do we need to be happy in life?

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