Rimini Travel Guide

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Rimini is the no. 1 beach resort on the Adriatic Sea. It is part of a stretch of coast that runs from the Po Delta to Cattolica with lots of sandy beaches, nightlife and restaurants.

Of all the towns on the coast Rimini is the biggest and has most to offer. The city dates back to the 1 st century before Christ, and the Arch of Augustus is one of the monuments stemming from Roman times. In the historic centre you should also have a look at the Palazzo della Podestà and the Palazzo Arengo, the Fish Market and the Fontana della Pigna. They are all located on the main square (Piazza Cavour). Other sights include the Castel Sismondo, the Roman Bridge of Tiberius, the Tempio Malatestiano, and the Museo Civico housing works from the fourteenth century Riminese school. 

You can make some great daytrips from Rimini.  Florence, Bologna and Venice are within reach if you have a car. Ravenna with its great frescoes is just 30 km away.

You can also visit the Republic of San Marino, 25 km west of Rimini. It is touristy and you might want to consider going to San Leo on the same road of San Marino: smaller, nicer and not so crowed of tourists.

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This Rimini travel guide details why this is one of the most popular seaside resorts along the Adriatic Sea. It is found between the Ausa River and the Marecchia River. The Romans were most likely the first to settle in the area, and this was an important road juncture between central and northern Italy.

Main Attractions

The temple Malatestiano is a 13th-century cathedral built in the gothic style. A historic arch that dates back to 27 BC is the Arch of Augustus, which was completely restored in the 18th century. A famous painting by Paul Veronese is found in the San Giuliano Martire church. The church also contains several paintings by Bittino da Faenza. The Tiberius Bridge connects the center of the city to Via Emilia and Via Popila, going north. It was built completely of Istria stone, and has five arches that are on top of massive pillars. A few other great sites include the Roman amphitheatre, Castel Sismondo, San Giovanni Battista church, the archaeological museum, and the Santa Colomba bell tower.

Beaches

This is the spot for beaches, as they extend to the north and the south of the city. The farther you go from the center, the more family-friendly the beaches are. There is a promenade that runs along the coast. Most beaches are private, and for a fee, you can stay on the beach and use the beach chairs, umbrellas and cabanas.

Nightlife

This city is considered to be the spot for Italian nightlife. The central beach area is lined with night clubs, bars, arcades, pubs and restaurants. Many nightlife spots are open all night long. The main discos are on the hills outside of town, but many of them have shuttle services, so you can take the free blue line bus from the beach.

Rimini by Fellini

The famous director Federico Fellini used Rimini in several of his films, and you can see many of these famous spots. You can stay at the Grand Hotel Rimini, which was used in the movie Amaracord . A favorite haunt of Fellini’s was Borgo S. Guiliano, and there are many murals of Fellini and his famous characters.

Food and Drink

The region of Emilia-Romagna is known for its food. The main distinctive food is Piadina, or flat bread. There have been many poems and books dedicated to this lovely bread. The main wine of the region is Sangiovese. Sangiovese is the main grape in the famous wines Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti. The local pasta is called Strozzapreti, which translates to Priest-Choker. Ask a local about the story behind this name.

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