Province of Rimini, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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About Cattolica

Cattolica (Italian: ; Romagnol: Catòlga) is a city and comune in the province of Rimini, Italy, with 16,233 inhabitants since 2007.


Archaeological excavations show that the area was already inhabited in Roman times.

Cattolica was built as a resting place for pilgrims traveling the Bologna-Ancona-Rome route, heading for the sanctuary of Loreto or San Pietro in Rome.

In 1500 it had more than twenty taverns and inns. It was not until the second half of the 19th century that the fishing industry became relevant to the city's economy.

One of the first notable visitors to Cattolica beach was Lucien Bonaparte, brother of the French emperor, who preferred it to the noisy Rimini in 1823. The city became an independent municipality in 1896.

After the end of the First World War the tourism industry became predominant.

Main attractions

Church of San Apollinare (13th century)

Malatesta tower (Malatesta tower) (1490)

Archaeological Museum of the Queen's Museum of Cattolica

S. Croce Gallery (16th century)

Watchtower (now included in a closed nightclub)

Le Navi, Aquarium of Cattolica


Cesare Pronti (1626–1708), painter

Emilio Filippini (1870-1938), painter

Guido Morganti (1891–1954), Just among the nations

Egidio Renzi (1900–1944), martyr of Fosse Ardeatine

Domenico Rasi (1924–1944), patriot

Vanzio Spinelli (1924–1944), patriot

Giuseppe Ricci, (1890-1972) politician

Enrico Molari, motorcyclist

Giovanna Filippini, politics

Eraldo Pecci, (1955) footballer

Alberta Ferretti (1950), fashion designer

Umberto Paolucci (1944), director of Microsoft Europe

Vincenzo Cecchini (1934), painter

Samuele Bersani (1970), singer

Guido Paolucci (1932-2006), doctor

Gianluca Magi, writer

Marco Simoncelli (1987–2011), motorcyclist

Giampiero Ticchi (1959), basketball coach

Andrea Cinciarini, basketball player

Luca Leardini, pilot

Niccolò Antonelli, motorcyclist

Mauro Piani (1959), Azzurra sailor

International relations

Cattolica is twinned with:

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Hodonín, Czech Republic

Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France

Faches-Thumesnil, France

Debrecen, Hungary


The feast of Stella Maris: fishing boats and clams lead the statue of the Virgin Mary "Stella Maris" in the middle of the sea, after a religious procession.

The Flower Festival: from the 1950s, Cattolica has hosted a show of flower markets with numerous stalls along the city streets.

The Pink Night, celebrated in the city along the coast from Cattolica to Bellaria. It is a festival that is celebrated in June-July and is quite recent: the opportunity for all the shops, bars and restaurants adorn the pink clubs, with dancing on the beach and diving into the sea at midnight.

The Fair of the ancient flavors of land and sea, with tasting of local wines accompany animations and concerts.

International Film Festival Mystery of Cattolica (known in Italian as the International Yellow and Mystery Festival of Cattolica but internationally known above all with its commonly used abbreviation "MystFest" (it).

Source: Wikipedia
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