That's because Riccione boasts a wide range of sports facilities, among them two Olimpic pools, two multi purpose sports halls, a sports centre of excellence, together with the many facilities on the beach.
SPORTS FACILITIES AND CENTRES
Italo Nicoletti Sports centre
The centre is provided with many facilities for practicing almost any kind of sports:
three football pitches
two five-a-side football pitches
boxing training centre
multi purpose indoor sports centre
two indoor beach tennis and volleyball courts
six indoor tennis courts
indoor Olympic swimming pool
outdoor Olympic swimming pool
indoor diving facilities
outdoor diving facilities
Federal Squash Centre
The Swimming Stadium
Situated in an ideal environmental context with a wonderful park, and reachable in few minutes from the motorway (A 14) or from the nearby airport of Miramare di Rimini, the Swimming Stadium contains the following facilities:
Indoor Olympic swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
via Monterosa 10 - Tel. no. and fax no. + 39 0541 644410
New indoor Olympic swimming pool
It has been designed following the most advanced technologies and it is provided with leading services, able to host the most important events at a national or international level. The facility seats 1000 people and includes an Olympic pool with bottom of various depths, used for trainings, didactics, deep-sea diving courses, dives and gym.
Outdoor swimming pool
This sports facility is provided with technical features for organizing national and international events. The facility is available in summer from June to September for booking lanes, stages, trainings or group courses. The facility is provided with: Olympic pool mt. 50 x mt. 25 with 10 lanes, diving pool mt. 24 x mt. 18 with uniform depth of mt. 5, diving tower with platforms 10 to 5 ml., four approved diving-boards 1 to 3 mt. The facility seats 800 people.
OTHER SPORTS FACILITIES
The town boasts many other sports facilities to enjoy a wide range of sports like tennis, squash, sofball and baseball, skating, boxing, etc. etc. Further information about sports facilities and centres are available at the dedicated pages by Riccione Municipality.
SPORTS AT THE BEACH
MOTORBIKES, HORSE RIDING AND GOLF
In the area around the town of Riccione visitors can practice those sports which are not so popular, like golf and horse riding, or be present at international events. For further information visit the dedicated page.
In Riccione you can also practice sport fishing. Lago Arcobaleno is a protected area surrounded by fields and trees, the perfect place for those who want to go away from the crowd. For further information visit the dedicate page.
The name (in local pronunciation Arcaton) comes from the Greek and Byzantine occupation dated back to the sixth century AD: "Archeion" is the name of a plant, the burr, which still grows spontaneously in some areas of the beach now occupied by the bathing establishments but which was once abundant on the desert shore of Riccione.