Bellaria in the province of Rimini deserves it’s own post.
Like a proper post.
Last year we didn’t spend much time away from the beach so we made sure to explore it this year.
One of our favorite things to do in Bellaria or let alone anywhere in Emilia Romagna is to eat a Bombolone. It is more than just a stuffed donut. It’s an experience all it’s own. All of the bakeries make them several times a day.
It’s not uncommon to come across a bakery that is not only open late but will sell hot, fresh, bomboloni.
Because we were on vacation, we used that excuse to eat one EVERY. SINGLE. DAY… or almost. They’re perfect for a snack at the beach, or even a midnight snack.
Husband spoils me on vacation or maybe he just wants to lose our on going bet but he made me order the bomboloni which then forced me to look at ALL of the delicious pastries.
During our stay, we kept seeing people walking around with a tray from the same bakery. Once we found it it was like GOLD! They were by far the best ones we had all trip. We even bought a tray to bring home.
Sunday mornings are a great time to explore the city. It’s small and charming with plenty of shopping. After Sunday Mass, Husband suggested I take a walk in the city. There was a small market in the main piazza near the church.
I managed to get some grapes, apricots, plums and peaches to snack on at the beach.
I then found out from the hotel owners that the “big” market is on Wednesday. So I went to check that out too. It was much bigger than I anticipated and while there was a section for food, most of the Wednesday market is clothing and household items.
Bellaria is a beautiful town with colorful and lively entertainment. Just strolling around the city during the day is a treat.
From this yarn covered ornaments….
to this beautiful statue….
graffiti that I agree with…
to beggars and gypsies.
While it’s lovely in the day, like all beach towns, Bellaria shines at night. This is when EVERYONE comes out to play.
I took this pictures on a Sunday morning….
.. and Sunday night. Same street.
Same piazza and yarn covered ornaments.. just at night.
I don’t know if there’s anything else I can say to convey the fun and excitement that you feel. Yes you’re exhausted and some nights we stayed in, but… look how much fun there is to be had!!
And who doesn’t love bounce houses?! Especially when it’s 5euros per kid for UNLIMITED time!!
Thank you Bellaria. See you next year!