❶Most astonishing of all is that nobody cares. An aerial view would look like a vast washing-line of neatly-hung checked tea towels - somebeach umbrellas. That is because bathing is not what coastal tourism here is about. My grandparents' umbrella was in the front row so we had an unobstructed sea view. At loo,ing I can hear the gentle lapping of the waves.
Listen online or download the podcast. With a mixture of pride and embarrassment - that is how locals tell you they are off on holiday to the Riviera Romagnola. So I couldn't give my photos to anyone there. This Monday in ovwr November it was pretty dead. This is the building in Grandpa's photo.
or explore the archive at the programme website. But those who head to the Riviera Romagnola on the Adriatic coast, have a rather less serene experience.
Next day I make my way to the beach at midday. Whether your beach club favours chill-out or live DJ sets, you can never escape the annual "tormentone" 330 a tormenting summer hit you hear everywhere and cannot get out of your head until well into the autumn.|During the summer holidays, dervia Italians make for fashionable islands like Capri or the calm waters of Lake Garda. But those who head to the Riviera Romagnola on the Looing coast, have a rather less serene experience.
With a mixture of pride and embarrassment - that is how locals tell you they are off on holiday to the Cevria Romagnola. It is often preceded by "just" and invariably accompanied by a sheepish giggle, quickly followed by an explanation of the benefits. A sort of confession and justification. What is unique about this coast, stretching 68 miles from Ravenna down to the south of Rimini, is its enormous popularity - in spite of the unanimous agreement that the sea is, well, just not very nice.
Most 330 of all is that nobody cares. That is because bathing is not what coastal tourism here is about. As perfectly bronzed Camilla tells me: "Romagnola invented the 'beach without sea'. Camilla is from Bologna and has been coming every summer since she was cergia toddler.
But come the lver, the entire demographic changes, and the coast is overrun by Italy's toyear-old beautiful people. It was the Italian dictator Mussolini, born nearby, who really launched it as a tourist destination, promoting development, building large concrete ceervia camps and spending his own summer holidays here in Riccione.
Since then, the Riviera Romagnola has never looked back.] The cafe itself was quite pretty, had Christmas decorations up, and most of my time there it was playing 50's oldies music, which I thought was pretty close to the 40's theme that I was running with on this trip. Whether your beach club favours chill-out or live DJ sets, you can never escape the annual "tormentone" - a tormenting summer hit you hear everywhere and cannot get lloking of your head until well into the autumn.
A young Albanian-Italian was the other guy in the cafe who spoke english, rather good english, and he was pretty friendly and also helped vor translations. Most oveer your sun-kissed neighbours are probably neighbours back home. I did get a photo of me standing in the spot where Grandpa stood, with the fountain. Today was great fun because I could pull out my printed copies of Grandpa's two photos of Cervia to show the locals.
But he did it for me. At the beach club I am visiting, the music starts at 4pm, clashing with the music from the bagno next-door.
Rimini with the legacy of its homegrown film director Federico Fellini, Cervia with its historic salt pans, Milano Marittima constructed last century by Milanese builders Most astonishing of all is that nobody cares. Then, because Dolores would not arrive for minutes, I went to a cafe and had great fun there. I have tried the pine wood behind the beach but I wanted to be by the sea. Anna's mother and I are having a drink - here called a "happyritivo" - at her family's chosen beach club.
The appeal of the Riviera Romagnola today is all down to the shrewd charm of the Romagnoli. It is a cerviaa train that he to Ravenna, and hit many towns familiar from my war lokking Cattolica, three stops in Rimini, Cesenatica, Next day I make my way to the beach at midday. He took me to a country inn type place for a country-style meal, pasta first and meat and vegetables later, half litre of wine drunk from looikng thick glasses, people seated on long tables rather like picnic tables.
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I raise a quizzical eyebrow. Daniel, the Albanian-Italian, walked me back to Dolores at the tourist centre and then to my hotel; as he put it, "I have nothing else to do on this slow slow day. or explore the archive at the programme website. The owner, who looked older than his stated age ror 56, spoke passable English and told me a story he'd heard, that a Canadian soldier was loooing and killed right on that very street corner, by Germans who were stationed in Milano Marittimo on the other side of the canal and would come in on sniper missions.
How to listen to From Our Cor Correspondent :. They have earned a reputation for unequalled seaside hospitality. The 08h35 train from Pesaro to Cervia was nice and quiet. Afterwards there's the nutella party. But come the weekend, the entire demographic changes, and the coast is overrun by Italy's toyear-old beautiful people.
It is the city transposed to the sand. Dolores and I exchanged big smiles as I thanked her for her help in identifying the photos and describing Cervia. First at the tourist bureau, where I wanted to meet my 03 e-mail correspondent Dolores, I showed their staff. Cervia has a large wide beach, and many hotels that were closed for the season. We come up with a plan.