The beautiful seafront has been completely refurbished for the comfort and enjoyment of the pedestrian: a car-free promenade of 3 kilometres with wooden benches, flower beds and fountains to enjoy the sea view, walk safely and breath the healthy salty air.
In every time of the year the seafront is the right place for many activities like cycling, running or simply wandering around while the colours and scenery change from dawn to sunset.
Viale Ceccarini, the main street known for its shops, is pedestrian-only in the area that goes from the railway station to the seafront, and opens into a large circular square, piazzale Roma, which is right the sea opposite. In the middle of the square the beautiful fountain “Il bosco della pioggia” by the artist Tonino Guerra. During the summer piazzale Roma becomes the stage of important sports events and concerts.
The parking areas located under the seafront are accessible via steps from promenade level.
In 1897, thanks to the generosity of Maria Boorman Ceccarini, a small wooden dock near the mouth of the stream Rio Melo was built for the fishing boats.
The first construction consisted into two small quays extending into the sea. In 1913 the damaged timber was replaced with concrete, while during the following years it often underwent maintenance till 1933, when it was dredged. Further improvements followed without solving the problems of shallow water and river bar.
The historic boat Saviolina is docked in the harbour. It’s a lancione, a traditional fishing boat with two masts and coloured sails of trapezoidal shape, according to the maritime tradition of the high and middle Adriatic sea, used in the first years of 1900s. Saviolina was built in 1926 and launched in 1928 under the name Nino Bixio. In 1958 it was renamed as Saviolina. In the following years it was used for recreational boating and cruising tourism. In 1994 the Savioli family donated the boat to the Municipality and later it underwent works of restoration and conservation. In 1998 it was inscribed as a monument with artistic and historical interest appointed by deed under the guardianship of the Minister of Cultural Heritage.
Today Saviolina is recorded as the most ancient lancione sailing in the Adriatic sea, the witness of ancient local maritime traditions (view in Google maps).
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.
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