Hotel Turistica - Senigallia, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images

Just a block over from the hustle and bustle of the lungomare (boardwalk) sits the second most popular family-friendly hotel in all of Senigallia, the Hotel Turistica.

According to TripAdvisor, the user-generated travel website, actual vacationers who have made the Spiaggia Velluto their summertime destination return to the Turistica again and again.

Fresh off a weeklong stay there with my posse, I give the Turistica — a three-star, 59-room, renovated mid-rise along the Riviera Adriatica of the Marche region — a tip of my white Borsalino. And, for lots of great reasons.

Hotel Turistica - Senigallia, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images

A comfortable establishment, owned and operated by Franco Manoni and family, with a warm, friendly and relaxing atmosphere, the Turistica has a time-tested reputation of delivering high-quality service at affordable rates. My seven-night, single-room stay, with full board option (beverages not included), set me back 560€, or just 80€ a day during late August.

There’s a good reason why the Turistica is #2, la famiglia Manoni just tries harder.

The hotel doesn’t have a swimming pool, spa or other amenities you’d find at a pricey resort hotel, and why should it? The long and wide velvety-sand beach fronting the Adriatic Sea is less than a five-minute leisurely stroll from the hotel lobby.

Hotel Turistica - Senigallia, Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesWhat the Turistica does deliver for its highly competitive prices are comfortable, squeaky-clean air-conditioned rooms in an array of single, double and family-size layouts with balconies, private baths, flatscreen satellite TVs, and in-room safes.

There’s also complimentary parking, WIFI access, use of the hotel’s stable of bicycles, and, a reciprocal arrangement with one of the private bagni (beach clubs) for hotel guests and use of all of its amenities: loungers, umbrellas, cabanas, showers, restrooms, kiddie playground, trampolines, ping-pong, soccer and volleyball.

Still not enough? Then, how about the Turistica’s large wrap-around veranda for enjoying that pre-dinner aperitivo or post-dinner caffè as the warm summer breeze stops by to keep you company, or the hotel’s rooftop terrace with its picture-postcard perfect views of the sea.

Executive Chef Luca Santini & staff - Turistica Hotel - Senigallia, Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesAnd, I’ve saved the best reason of all for last: the incredible three-course lunch and dinner menus — part of the full-board package — prepared daily by executive chef, sommelier, professor of culinary arts and author, Luca Santini.

If the Blue Flag-rated Spiaggia Velluto’s Levante and Ponente sides of the kilometers-long beach and the amazing sunrises and sunsets you can admire barefoot draw you to Senigallia, then it’s Chef Santini and his creative Marchegiano kitchen that’ll have you booking the Turistica for an authentic Italian seaside vacation.

Rather than read about it, why not enjoy a virtual tasting of some of the dishes that’ll be placed in front of you inside the festive dining room of the Turistica.

If you really want to go native and experience a true Italian beach vacation just like gli italiani, then the Turistica should be your family’s choice if Senigallia is your destination.

Hotel Turistica - Senigallia, Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesFor complete information on the Hotel Turistica, just click HERE for the English language website.

To read more of my dispatches about Senigallia, click HERE for Spiaggia Velluto, click HERE for the Fish Market, click HERE for the Centro Storico, and click HERE for Rotonda a Mare.

Surprising Senigallia: Fun in the sun for both families and foodies in the Marche region along central Italy’s Riviera Adriatica.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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