Laws and regulations for visitors


Hotel prices

  • Hoteliers reserve the right to determine room charges providing they fall within the declared maximum rate (Regional Law 16/2004)

  • Prices must be clearly stated on special display cards both in the hotel reception and in rooms (Regional Law 16/2004)

  • Full-board prices per person are applicable for continuous stays of a minimum of three nights at the same hotel. Different prices may be applied for services provided for guests staying less than three nights. (Raccolta Provinciale Usi - local laws)


  • Italian law does not expressly regulate “hotel contracts”. The validity of a contract is based on the consensus of the two parties involved, which may be agreed either verbally or in writing. As the absence of any documentation makes it difficult to resolve disputes, it is advisable to ensure that both bookings and confirmations are made in writing. (Raccolta Provinciale Usi - local laws)

  • On arrival at the hotel, tourists who find that either the accommodation arrangements or hotel features do not conform to the booking made, may choose to accept them, yet by doing so, effectively annul any previous agreements made. If, however, they do not accept them, they have the right to be provided with accommodation in another hotel in the same category or in a superior category. The hotelier will be held responsible for settling any differences in price. (Raccolta Provinciale Usi - local laws)

Advance deposits paid by clients who subsequently cancel bookings may be retained by the hotelier as compensation.
If the hotelier cancels the client’s reservation, the client has the right to claim back double the deposit paid. (Civil Code paragraphs 1385 and 1386).

Early departures
Early departures with respect to the period booked may require the obligatory compensation of the damages sustained by the hotelier or the payment of any penalties envisaged by the contract (Usi e consuetudini - local laws).

Hoteliers’ responsibilities
The hotelier’s responsibility for the theft of, or damage to, the property of clients is outlined in
special legal provisions (Civil Code paragraphs 1783, 1784, 1785 and 1786).

Reference: hotel list edited by the local Authority for Tourism in the Province of Rimini.

Tourist tax
The tourist tax was introduced with the Legislative Decree No 23 of 14th March 2011 and adopted by the Municipality of Riccione with the Municipal Council decision No 13 of 11 th April 2013. It comes into force on 1st June 2013.

Herewith enclosed all the information 

Tourist Tax


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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