- What to See and Do
The city of Rimini is located at the crossroads from central to northern Italy, on the edge of the Po Valley, at the point where the plain joins the Adriatic Sea and the extreme northeastern slopes of the Apennines.
It is one of the largest cities on the west coast of the Adriatic and is one of the most famous tourist centers in Italy.
Rimini is famous for its many beaches and many opportunities for night entertainment. That is why it is an unavoidable destination for young people, and thousands of tourists flock to its long beaches during August.
Over 15 kilometers of golden sandy beaches will satisfied all your needs.
The Rimini Riviera is among the best equipped riviera in the world - lot of umbrellas and deck chairs, cabins, showers, music bars, lifeguards, beach volleyball courts, electric pedal boats, stalls, scooters, as well as several mega large aqua parks are just part of the offer.
The city also has a historical center and numerous sights that are a must visit. Despite being heavily bombed during World War II, the old city has been thoroughly rebuilt.
One of the symbols of Rimini is the Tiberius or Augustus Bridge over the Marekia River, which consists of five semicircular arches about eight meters wide. It was built from the 14th to the 20th century from stone from Istria.
Everything in Rimini is adapted to tourists, so there are bars and restaurants at every turn. The food is great and the atmosphere is extremely relaxed.
Rimini has more than 1,000 hotels, so accommodation is very easy to find, and the choice is really large and tailored to every taste and pocket.
The Gate of Augustus
The Gate of Augustus (Arco d'Augusto) is the oldest surviving Roman triumphal arch in the world. It was built in 27 AD in honor of Octavian Augustus who reconstruct the last section of the road Via Flamina (Rome - Rimini),
Tiberius Bridge is a powerful ancient building with five arches more than 2000 years old. Construction of the bridge began in the 14th C.E. under Emperor Augustus, and completed under Tiberius in 21 CE. Thanks to the unique technology of mixing lime and volcanic ash. People and even cars still cross the bridge today.
Temple of Malatestiano
The Tempio Malatestiano Cathedral is located in the historic part of Rimini. During the Renaissance, Rimini was ruled by the famous noble Malatesta family. The first building on the site of the temple was the Church of the Virgin Mary, built in the 9th century. During the Renaissance Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta gave an order to restore the church into a kind of private family mausoleum.
The construction was entrusted to the famous architect Matteo de Pasti. According to the project, the temple was supposed to have a dome which is planned to be among the largest in Italy. The grandiose plans were not realized due to financial difficulties that arose as a result of political disagreements between the ruler of Rimini and the pope.
The main construction and finishing works were completed only at the beginning of the 16th century, but part of the interior of the facade and interior was never completed. The main decoration of the cathedral was the crucifix of Giotto, a fresco by Piero della Francesca depicting Sigismund Malatesta, as well as a picturesque panorama of Rimini from the 15th century.
Piazza Tre Martiri Square
The Corso d'Augusto leads through the triumphal arch to Piazza tre Martiri, where the central Roman square once stood, and is still the largest city square, with a bell tower from the 15th century. In history, fairs and other important events have taken place here. Today, seasonal fairs, summer concerts and performances are also held, and there is no shortage of restaurants, cafes and shops.
Piazza Cavour Square
Cavour is the center of interesting architectural monuments.
The most interesting part of the square are the beautiful palaces of Teatro Amintore Galli and Pallazo del Arengo and the building of the old fish market. The third palace Palazzo del Podesta was intended for the ruler of the city. In the middle of the square is a monument to Pope Paul IV. and the Pigna Fountain of 1543 built of white marble. Another famous building located on Cavour Square is the Teatro Kommunale. The theater opened in 1857 and immediately became the center of Rimini's creative life. In 1916, the building was partially destroyed in an earthquake, during World War II - by bombing, so that only the front of the theater has been preserved in its original form.
Castello Sismondo Fortress
Across the square you can reach the Castello Sismondo fortress, whose construction began in 1437 and was rebuilt on several occasions. The walls were especially thick to defend the locals from a new weapon - a cannon.
Only a small part of the original structure has survived the ravages of the passing centuries, but depictions of the original palace can still be seen today on the bronze medallion by Matteo de 'Pasti and the fresco by Piero della Francesca in the Chapel of Relics inside the Malatesta Temple.
Parco Giovanni Paolo II is a beautiful green area in the middle of which is Lago Mariotti, and is rich in flora and fauna. Along the way it is in the city center and provides a perfect green oasis for all who want to rest their eyes and mind from the beach, sun and bustle of the city which is full of domestic and foreign tourists in summer.
Borgo San Giuliano
One of the charming neighborhoods in Rimini is Borgo San Giuliano. It consists of small, stone-paved streets, houses with vividly painted facades, greenery and flowers and street murals. Today it is one of the most popular parts of the city, although it is not as crowded as the rest of Rimini.
Borgo was once a poor fishing village but has grown into a very desirable part of the city where a summer festival is held every summer with music, dancing, fantastic food, street theater and performances, all ending with huge fireworks over the bridge.
Do you know who adored Borgo? Fellini, who was born in Rimini although in a completely opposite part of the city. In 1994, the Festa del Borgo was officially dedicated to Fellini, and today many murals on the walls of buildings in Borgo show characters and scenes from his films as well as Fellini himself. If you love Fellini, and especially if you are a fan of Amarcord, a film that is a real homage to this city, then Rimini is a city you should not miss.
You should not neglect the street food in Rimini (or anywhere else in Italy) because the quality of food and flavors could positively shock you. The stalls where street food is prepared and sold are often inconspicuous and easy to overlook, except at a time when Italians have a break from work and go to lunch, so there are usually queues and crowds in such places.
It pays to stand in line and wait because little is better than Italian sandwiches that are special and authentic in every region and you will never find the same. Barrachini, food stalls, are scattered throughout the city, and everyone prepares and sells local specialties.
Do you know what is best? Hot cassoni alle erbe (spice cake) or hot piada (same type of irregular cake), stuffed with soft cheese or cold cuts
The beaches are fully landscaped and equipped with about twenty rows of umbrellas, deck chairs and in summer are full of people. Still, those rows to the restaurant are fuller than those by the sea. The water is shallow and warm. The space is fully used to provide guests with all possible comfort and leisure. There are cafes, fast food restaurants, bowling alley, children's playground, billiards, video games, fitness equipment, several jacuzzis, courts for various sports.
There is a promenade along the beach, and there are unavoidable stands here and there. Each beach has its own number and name for easy navigation and is about fifty meters long. Each has its own concessionaire, and some belong to hotels while some are public.
There, on the promenade, there is a stormy night life. On almost every beach, a band plays as part of the animation and entertainment of hotel guests or travel agencies. People are dancing and having fun. Pancakes, juices and wine are even shared for free.
Parallel to the promenade, there is a street with hotels, restaurants, shops and everything, but mostly cloths, shoes, beach props, souvenirs, jewelry of dubious quality. There are many street vendors coming from black Africa, India or Pakistan.
There are not many restaurants as most guests dine in their hotels. Mostly pizza, hot dogs, pancakes and sometimes kebabs can be ordered. Fish restaurants are rare, and the smell of barbecue is felt almost nowhere. But that’s why every other facility is a patisserie.
For those who do not want to just lie under umbrellas on the beach, there are many interesting opportunities. There are three amusement parks. Italia in miniature, Mirabilandia and Fabilandia, not as big parks as Gardaland or Disneyland, but with a similar theme. Aquafun is an amusement water park, and Aquario di Cattolica aquarium, while in Rimini delfinario you can enjoy an entertainment program with dolphins.
Italy in miniature
Italia Miniature or miniature Italy is an interesting attraction and theme park just 15 minutes drive from Rimini, and has its own parking lot.
This attraction contains 270 architectural landmarks of the country, executed on a scale from 1:25 to 1:50. including the Colosseum, the Cathedral of Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The perfection of the details of the workmanship is astonishing, because the buildings are literally a copy of the real ones with all details.
Theme park is constantly being upgraded, from new attractions to completely new facilities. The park itself was built in the shape of a scaled-down Italian "boot", and the models are located where they are in reality. A train is circling around the park on high tracks, from which everything can be seen even better.
For children, there are also themed sections with dinosaurs, a school of driving mini cars on the streets with traffic lights, Sismondo Castle for fighting water cannons and interactive models for learning physics.
For those who want adrenaline, there is also an amusement park with adrenaline bungee jumping, with the proviso that you are not thrown from above, but thrown out from below in pairs in a special cage, as well as canoeing. Those a little more romantic can enjoy a peaceful boat ride through the model of Venice (1: 5). Too bad the boats don't look like gondolas.
So you will not regret coming. The tour lasts at least 3 hours. There are restaurants and stalls selling drinks and ice cream, so the stay can be extended. It is especially interesting to stay at night, when everything changes under lighting. The ticket price is 6-19 euros, depending on the season, year of birth and group size. Admission is free on the second day. It is possible to take a ticket in combination with other parks, so you can save some money. In any case, see more about everything at www.italiainminiatura.com.
This amusement park offers exciting rides and activities for all ages, with magical villages, a dwarf valley, a carousel, a "pool" of plastic balls for very young children and a variety of water games.
Southeast of Rimini is Riccione, one of the most popular Italian resorts with thermal springs. Shortly afterwards there is a small health resort and seaside resort Misano Adriatico, and a little further the largest of them, Cattolica. In addition to its long beach, the city offers a choice of active sports: sailing, surfing, water skiing, tennis and horse riding.
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