In that place in the Middle Ages, many castles were built, in which princes reigned with princesses and knights. The villages developed around the castles with arts and crafts markets, the stalls and shops of woodcarvers, goldsmiths, and farriers.
In that place you could taste olive oil and fresh bread, the products of nature, salumi and cheese, homemade pasta, fresh fish. And “piada” too, a flat and soft kind of bread, whose tradition went back to 1200 BC.
That place is Riccione and its near territory.
Driving a few kilometres to the south, the natural park of the mount San Bartolo: hills sloping down to the sea disclose varied landscapes with short sandy beaches between headlands, while the territory towards the countryside is more gentle and characterized by rural sceneries.
In spring time the broom blossom makes the view on the sea unique and unforgettable.
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.