Cattolica is an idyllic seaside resort that combines beautiful architecture with golden beaches, ornate fountains and picturesque promenades. Many seaside resorts succeed in providing a sandy sanctuary but fail in satisfying the cultural cravings of curious travellers; Cattolica, however, is sure to ignite interest and intrigue at every corner with its magnificent myriad of museums, towers and religious delights. Festivals are the village’s forte, with Cattolica playing host to over 5 eclectic festivals annually; most popular include the Mystery Film Festival and the fabulous Festival of the Flowers.
An integral sight that pays homage to the town’s rich religious heritage is St. Apollinare, a 13th century church that presents a fine example of Romanesque beauty. Steeped in history and intrigue, the authoritative bell tower of this church has fast become the town’s cultural icon.
The Aquariam of Cattolica is a dynamic attraction guaranteed to delight with its futuristic architecture and diverse range of marine life; every year, more intriguing species are added to the exhibitions, including sharks, manta rays and turtles.
After reclining upon the town’s sandy shores, those seeking cultural satisfaction will delight in the enthralling exhibits of Polyvalent Cultural Centre, which features an extensive media library and ever changing exhibitions.
Immerse yourself in the dramatic atmosphere of a performance at the Queen’s Theatre, a stunning structure in which world class performances of plays, music and dance are performed on a regular basis. Last minute tickets can usually be purchased by travellers seeking an entertaining escape.
Take advantage of Cattolica’s prime, seafront location with a visit to the effortlessly elegant Gambero Rozzo, a sublime seafood restaurant guaranteed to satisfy every sense. Sit upon the outdoor terrace, watching pedestrians wander by while waiting for signature delights such as lemon and olive oil razor clams or freshly caught octopus.(Osteria di Mare,. Via Fiume n. 58, Cattolica)