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Excursions and Theme Parks

Museum of the Queen

Walking down the narrow streets of the city centre, tourists will have the opportunity to discover its ancient Roman origins, whose main finds are cherished by Museo della Regina (Museum of the Queen), an old building which was erected in 1584 and originally employed as the "Hospital of the Pilgrims".

It was made up of a dormitory which could host up to 10 men, a separated women's dormitory, a kitchen and a recreation room. It was used as a hospital up to 1839, when it was turned into the barracks of the Papal Carabinieri.

In 1931, it became the seat of the corps of the Carabinieri, and retained such a function up to 2000, when it was fully restored on the occasion of the Jubilee. It now hosts the halls of the first Civic Museum of the city, which was originally situated in the Town Hall and then transferred to the Multipurpose Cultural Centre in 1984.

Distributed over two levels, the former hosts the Archaeological section, which gathers prehistorical finds and Roman evidences dating back to the I- II century A.D. The second floor is home to the so-called Seafaring section, which illustrates the main boat building methods and sailing techniques. The finds which are not hosted inside the Museum are situated amidst the city centre, such as the remains of a Roman house which rise just in the heart of Piazza del Mercato Coperto.

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Gradara

Gradara is an old fortified town on the border between the Marche and Romagna regions, only a short way from Cattolica and the sea. It is set amid gently rolling hills. It is well known for its Malatesta Fortress which is open to the public and contains an armoury, a torture room, a chapel and a number of rooms with original 15th and 16th century furniture.
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San Marino

The State of San Marino is the third smallest country in Europe and the oldest Republic in the world. San Marino, located on the sides of mount Titano coins its own money and issues its own postage stamps. It has a soccer team and an army. Not to be missed are the three fantastic fortresses linked by a walkway to the town below, surrounded by three walls. The views from the top of the mountain are breathtaking and unforgettable and stretch from Emilia Romagna and the hills of the Marche and Montefeltro as far as the Adriatic sea.
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Urbino

Located at an altitude of 485 metres, Urbino has maintained its reputation as an art and cultural centre through the centuries. Its Renaissance heart is the Ducal Palace, symbol of the city and now home to the Marche National Art Gallery which contains several masterpieces by Piero Della Francesca and Titian. Other points of interest are the Home of Raphael, in which the artist was born and where one of his early frescoes can be admired, which contains 15th-cent. environments and furnishings, the Cathedral, in neo-classic style, the University Building, and the churches of San Domenico, San Francesco and San Sergio.
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San Leo

In the Val Marecchia, about 30 km from Rimini, on an enormous rocky outcrop and reachable by means of a single road cut out of the rock, stands San Leo. On the highest part of the rocky spur is the mighty Fortress, enlarged around 1600 and used as a prison. Many famous people were imprisoned here including Count Cagliostro and Felice Orsini. The views from San Leo are among the most beautiful and characteristic of the region and stretch from the surrounding mountains along the Marecchia valley down to the sea.
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Frasassi

The Frasassi caves are located inside the Gola della Rossa and Frasassi regional nature park, in the province of Ancona. This underground cave complex is 30 km long and is one of the biggest and most fascinating in the world. These karst caves were discovered in 1948. Cave tours are available for everyone or else you can experience all the excitement of a speleological tour.
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Loreto

A holy shrine visited by millions of pilgrims ever since the middle-ages. The great Basilica contains one of the most important relics of Christianity, the Home of the Sacred Family of Nazareth, where Jesus was born and lived until he was thirty.
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Acquario di Cattolica

The largest aquarium of the Adriatic awaits you with over 100 show tanks and 2,500,000 litres of seawater containing 3000 specimens belonging to 400 different species.
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Aquafan

Aquafan is an exciting water fun park with huge slides and water games. It is surrounded by greenery and is home to numerous events and initiatives with lots of fun for the whole family.
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Oltremare

Step on board and enjoy a great adventure journey. From the birth of the Earth, the Oceans and the Adriatic Sea: Oltremare is a trip through Time and Space full of adventure and excitement. A journey full of surprises, fun and discovery !!!
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Mirabilandia

Mirabilandia is simply Italy’s biggest fun park. Located near Ravenna, it extends over an area of 850,000 square metres. Mirabilandia offers hundreds of exciting rides and attractions that make it a popular destination for people from all over Europe.
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Italia in Miniatura

Miniature Italy is the theme park dedicated to Italy’s historical, architectural and cultural heritage. Since 1970 it has blended fun and learning.
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Fiabilandia

The ideal place for the whole family with over 30 attractions and live shows, surrounded by 150,000 sq m of greenery; fantasy and imagination come together to enable you to enjoy a really special day!
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