Vittorio Salmoni, Mario Piccinini, INU – URBIT

The Adriatic city of Romagna
The Riviera Romagnola goes from the mouth of the river Reno to the promontory of Gabicce Monte, crossing the provinces of Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini.
The “Adriatic city”, along the coast of Romagna, was formed in the 1950s with the expansion of Rimini and Milano Marittima and the creation of the beaches of Romagna, consisting of a continuous beach extending for 130 kilometres, characterised to the north by the landscape of the Po Delta, to the south by the Adriatic conurbation of Romagna for 70 kilometres.
The urban structure is formed by State Road 16 which runs parallel to the coast and by the railway line, a barrier to pass from the road to the sea. To these is added the A 14 motorway, which also acts as a ring road to connect the municipalities of the conurbation.

The Adriatic city of the Marches
The development of the axis along the coast led to a rapid process of urbanization towards the coast with an imbalance in the demographic structure that had been evenly distributed until then. The thickening has not generated large cities: the most populated reach only 100 thousand inhabitants (14% of the population).
Infrastructures have also developed, generating the linear city, which has now reached saturation. The particular morphology of the Region has prevented the urban ribbon from having continuity: the pauses of the transversal valley intersections fragment the linear layout and are arranged as gates to the internal areas. The coastal urbanisation of the Marche region is configured from Gabicce to Falconara Marittima as the continuation of the settlement model of Romagna, dragged by the powerful development of the tourist activity of that pole. In the centre, the 12 miles of the Conero cliff, constitute a uniqueness for the entire Adriatic coast and the strongest discontinuity of the linear layout where urban models, scattered villages set on the slopes of the Mount, naturalistic areas, countryside, coast, and marinas change structures. From Porto Recanati to S. Benedetto the linear, dense and compact order returns, around urban poles in exponential growth.


Mario Piccinini, Vittorio Salmoni, INU – URBIT

Presentation of projects by municipalities on the Romagna and Marche coasts:

Municipality of Cattolica
Fausto Battistel,
Councillor for Urban Planning, Municipality of Cattolica

StrategicAncona 2025: Ancona a contemporary city of the sea
Claudio Centanni, City Planning Director of the Municipality of Ancona, President of INU Marche Section

Interreg Italy – Croatia “Joint_SECAP”: Strategies and joint actions for the adaptation to climate change of the Adriatic Sea city
Rosalba D’Onofrio, Unicam-School of Architecture and Design

Mario Piccinini, Vittorio Salmoni, INU – URBIT


Curators and speakers:
Vittorio Salmoni INU - URBIT
Architect, he carries out activities in the fields of architecture and urban planning, in particular in strategic territorial planning and urban regeneration, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Urbit, Urbanistica Italiana and Istao, Istituto Adriano Olivetti.
Claudio Centanni Municipality of Ancona
Born in Rome in 1969. He studied architecture at the University of Florence where he graduated with honors in 1995. In 2005 he obtained his PhD at the Faculty of Architecture of Ascoli Piceno. Since 2008 he has been President of the INU Section, National Institute of Urban Planning, Marche Region. Since 2014 he has been Director of the Town Planning, Public Building, Port and Mobility Directorate of the Municipality of Ancona.
Rosalba D'Onofrio University of Camerino
Rosalba D'Onofrio, Associate Professor in Urbanism -School of Architecture and Design-University of Camerino. Research fields: urban regeneration and urban design, LP project Interreg Italy-Croatia "Joint_SECAP".