Some years ago we stayed at the Hotel Carlton in the resort of Cattolica. We we flew with Thomsons, and the hotel was used by them as an overspill when they needed to fill seats on a plane. It is a small family run concern and we were so impressed with the food and the quality of service that we went back the following year- DIY. The daughter of the proprietor met us at the airport and took us back on our return. The rates were very reasonable and they do full board. The hotel is not listed in any brochures.
We would very much like to go back again, but the only flights from the UK seem to be through My Travel from Manchester, the cost of them is quite expensive.
We long for the day when Ryan Air do flights to Rimini from Liverpool. Does anyone out there know of any other companies who fly from the UK to Rimini other than My Travel?
Nice area is Cattolica....Why don't you look at flights to and from Bologna.....they are much cheaper and you are not too far away, probably an hour to one and a half hours at the most, there are regular trains going down that coast....Its certainly worth looking into and you will also have a wider choice of flights.
In 2002 we flew from Glasgow-Stansted with easyjet, then Stansted-Forli (Bologna) with Ryanair.
In 2004 we flew to Rome and stayed 4nts, then got the train to Florence and stayed 3 nts, then got the train to Rimini for 5nts. We then got the train up to Milan and stayed a few nights before travelling home.
The trains in Italy are cheap and good. You may want to consider flying to another airport and seeing a city too!
It's not too long ago that we were on a Med cruise and at our dinner table we became friendly with a couple from London, who decided to venture to Pompei from the port of Naples by rail. They came back poorer than when they left, having been mugged in broad daylight in front of other passengers. The culprits, who apparently were not believed to be Italian, were never caught.
That aside it's a great place to holiday. From Catollica we visited Venice and on another occasion we visited Florence. Each time we were accompanied by the same guide, even though our trips were a year apart.
She was Italian, very astute and possessing of a great knowledge of the places visited. Above all she had a tremendous sense of humour. Definitely the safest and best way to see the sights in Italy, as far as we are concerned is to go with a guide.
It's just a shame that here in the Northwest we don't have an airline operator that is prepared to do Rimini in the same way as flights are available from Stanstead.
Regards to you both.
I'm quite surprised by what you have said....could it just be a bad experience someone had but not a regular occurrence?
Yes they most certainly did get mugged and that was from Naples to Pompei. I don't suppose the incidents are any more prevalent than on our own London Underground or for that matter any other busy local line. I just think that when you are in a different country and don't speak the language - you are more likely to be targeted. Wherever we have been throughout Italy our guides have always warned us to be careful. I notice that there are elsewhere, postings about such happenings. Of course I would be the first to admit that theft from the person crime is up all over Europe. It won't stop us travelling but it certainly puts us on our guard.
Thanks for your reply, and take care.
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