Gatteo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Forlì-Cesena in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 90 km southeast of Bologna and about 30 km southeast of Forlì. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 7,252.

Gatteo born as a Roman settlement, built in the vicinity of the ancient "Compitum" - St. John in Compito in the current task - as evidenced by the numerous archaeological finds such as: brick, marble, metals, coins and statues, found in the surrounding area.

Gatteo a Mare - The beach

Sea, Sun and Fitness...

Gatteo a Mare is considered a positive example of organization and efficiency of tourism, in the more traditional atmosphere of the Riviera Romagnola.

A small village on the shores of the Adriatic, by the simple beauty, rich in traditions and history, at the mouth of one of the most famous rivers of all time: the Rubicon, where Julius Caesar changed the history of antiquity, uttering the famous phrase "Alea iacta est" (The die is cast).

The main attraction of Gatteo a Mare is represented, doubtless, from its stunning beach of golden sand, fine and smooth, ideal for children's play and rest of the adults, with a bottom smooth and without holes, which slopes down very slowly.

A sandy beach served by thirty well-equipped bathing establishments, made even more secure and attractive from the breakwater barriers, creating a single, large natural swimming pool.

Many, of course, sports and leisure opportunities for everyone: swimming schools; windsurf; beach volley; basket; children's play areas; rental boats; a mooring equipped and much more.

Events and culture in Gatteo

History and Traditions...

Gatteo is not only sea, sun and beach life. In fact, the old town is rich in history and culture.

Without forgetting the renowned local cuisine - seafood, pasta, piadina and the ancient focaccia of flour, water and sault - and the countless festivals, traditional events, concerts and shows.

A very special initiative is "the Week of the Micizia", which is an important summer festival dedicated to all cats, with shows, competitions and exhibitions.

The castle of Gatteo was built in the thirteenth century, presumably at an earlier Roman camp. Over the centuries, it has undergone several transformations.

His configuration is almost rectangular and it is equipped with a tower and five bastions and surrounded by a large pit, originally always full of water, overcome it with a drawbridge.

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