For other uses, see Cattolica (disambiguation).
Comune di Cattolica

The Fountain of Sirens

Coat of arms

Location of Cattolica in Italy

Coordinates: 43°58′N 12°44′E / 43.967°N 12.733°E / 43.967; 12.733Coordinates: 43°58′N 12°44′E / 43.967°N 12.733°E / 43.967; 12.733
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province / Metropolitan city Rimini (RN)
Frazioni Torconca
  Mayor Mariano Gennari
  Total 5 km2 (2 sq mi)
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Population (31 December 2014)
  Total 17,084
  Density 3,400/km2 (8,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cattolichini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 47841
Dialing code 0541
Patron saint St. Pius V
Saint day April 30
Website Official website

Cattolica (Emilian: Catòlga) is a town and comune in the Province of Rimini, Italy, with 16,233 (2007) inhabitants. [1]


Archaeological excavations show that the area was already settled in Roman times.

Cattolica rose as a resting place for pilgrims who traveled the Bologna-Ancona-Rome route, on their way to the sanctuary of Loreto or to St. Peter's in Rome. In 1500 it counted more than twenty taverns and inns. Only from the second half of the 19th century did the fishing industry became relevant in the economy of the town.

One of the first notable visitors to Cattolica's beach was Lucien Bonaparte, brother of the French Emperor, who preferred it to the noisy Rimini, in 1823. The town became an independent commune in 1896.

After the end of World War I the tourism industry became predominant.

Main sights


International relations

Cattolica is twinned with:



  1. "The World Gazetteer". Retrieved 2007-02-23.
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