Rimini is a well known touristic location in Emilia Romagna region, famous for its sea and cuisine. But not far from Rimini there are many small town and village where is a pleasure speding some time during an holiday in Italy.
In particular we liked a lot one of them named Santarcangelo di Romagna, famous also for being the birthplace of two italian poets: Tonino Guerra and Nino Pedretti .
The old town is worth a visit by itself, with its narrow streets that climb up on top of the hill called “Monte Giove” (Giove Hill) where you can enjoy both a beautiful view over the city and the poems written on the corners of the houses.
Overall there are two main reasons to visit this Santarcangelo di Romagna: the Tufa Caves and the Museum of Button.
The Caves are a huge network of tunnels and rooms that runs through the subsoil of Santarcangelo on different levels, reaching up to the mountain.
The origin of these caves is still partially a mystery, but over the centuries they has been used as a warehouse, cellar and also as a shelter during the Second World War.
Today it is possible to visit them by participating in a guided tour also suitable for children and very interesting for all people.
In December in order to celebrated Christmas Times the visit is even more special because inside tunnels is set up a crib that will capture the attention of children and adults.
The second reason to visit Santarcangelo with children is the Museum of Buttons. Born from the desire of its founder, Mister Giorgio Gallavotti, the museum is able to follow the story through this small object, making visitors discover the importance it has had over the centuries .
The buttons have thousands of different shapes and colours and are made by different materials and the museum staff will tell you the all the functions and anecdotes about them: buttons made from nut shells and other valuables such as jewelry, buttons of kings and queens and small buttons made in the shape of… groceries !
Things to do in Rimini interland: visiting Santarcangelo di Romagna
Where is Santarcangelo di Romagna
Santarcangelo di Romagna is a small town not far from Rimini. You can easily reach Santarcangelo di Romagna by car or by bus from Rimini.
Rimini is well connected by train to the main italian cities. You can also reach the city by plane landing at Rimini Airport (Aeroporto di Rimini-Miramare) or Bologna Airport (in this case you have to rent a car or take a train to Rimini city).
Where to stay visiting Santarcangelo di Romagna: hotels in Rimini
In Rimini area there are many hotels and accomodations. You can choose an hotel close to the sea and visit the surroundings without giving up to some relax to the beach. Here we suggest you two hotels in Rimini where we stayed and we liked a lot:
- The first one is Hotel Felix in Rimini: This is a family hotel with home-made cooking where children are welcome. The rooms are very confortable and the staff is super. If you are looking for an italian hotel and no international chains, I suggest you to check this hotel . You can find there family tradition and warm atmosphere.
- The second hotel in Rimini that I suggest you is Residence Villa Azzurra. This residence is open all year and you can book small apartment well equipped with all you need for cooking and stay with children. The hotel is very close to the sea and the staff is very kind.
What to taste: Italian cuisine and Italian food in Rimini area
The home-made cooking is one of the strenghts of Rimini area. You have absolutely to try “Piada with Squacquerone e Rucola” (a sort of sandwich with cheese and salad) and “Cassone” (a similar dish). Salami (try “Salame di Mora Romagnola“!) and cheese (especially “Formaggio di Fossa“) are wonderful served with red wines as Sangiovese, Trebbiano and Rebola, meat and main courses are really superbe but if you are looking for someting sweet you should ask for “Ciambellone” (a cake served as a breakfast).
Things to do in Santarcangelo di Romagna during summertime: Icecream Festival
In summer Santarcangelo di Romagna hosts a festival called SantarcanGelato dedicated to the italian ice cream. This is a big party with many performances of street artists where you can taste different kind of ice creams prepared by local producers. You can find more informations here: www.santarcangelato.it .