What to see in Rimini – the main tourist attractions
Rimini is one of the most popular resorts in Italy among the citizens of the CIS. A large number of airlines fly exactly to Rimini, as well as here they sell tours and from here begins the journey throughout Italy. But let’s look at the resort not only in terms of “transfer point”, there is a lot to see and there are many interesting things to do, and the cuisine here is as Italian as in all of Italy
Some tourists are not satisfied with the usual beach vacation, for them it is boring. And lying on the beach, you will not feel the unique energy of Italy and Rimini in particular. Below is a small list of places to spend time in this city.
What you need to do in Rimini.
- Visit the sights. The city has a rich history, and therefore there are a great number of interesting places, more about some of them are described a bit below.
- Find your favorite beach . There are a lot of beaches in the city and they are all different, you can come to a new beach every day.
- Go to a park . The park “Italy in miniature”, is different in that you can see the famous Italian landmarks in a greatly reduced form. In addition to these sights, there are sights from other countries in the park.
- Listen to music . After a pleasant walk along the promenade, towards evening, you can come to the promenade in Fellini Park and listen to live jazz music.
- Find the Rubicon . When leaving the city you can find a sign that says “Rubicon”, here is a favorite place for tourists to take pictures. The Rubicon is a river north of Rimini, and it is associated with Caesar’s famous expression.
- Try the local cuisine . Prices in restaurants are quite reasonable, and the dishes are unusually delicious. Here you can try the famous lasagna, tiramissu dessert, delicious varieties of cheeses and local amazing wine.
- Go clubbing . There are several popular nightclubs in Rimini, all different from each other. For example, Carnaby Club, which has as many as three floors at its disposal.
- Go to a water park . Water park called Aquafan is one of the most famous in all of Europe. There are a lot of slides and water rides, up to the most eccentric.
- Find yourself in the land of fairy tales. Park Fyabilandia is made by fairy tale motifs, on the lake in the park moves a pirate ship, there is also a lot of water birds. There is Wizard Merlin’s Castle, Ant Cave, and more.
- Find yourself in the 15th century . From Rimino you can take a day trip to the town of Urbino. This city is preserved in its original form, Renaissance style buildings, narrow streets, as if transported back a few centuries.
Attractions of Rimino
Since Rimino has a rich heritage, there are a lot of sights in Rimino:
- Tiberius Bridge . This bridge is a symbol of the city, it is one of the oldest and it is the only one that has not been destroyed but has been preserved in the same form. It was on this bridge that Julius Caesar made his significant decision to cross the Rubicon River.
- Arch of Augustus . This gate-like structure was erected more than two thousand years ago. It was named in honor of Octavian Augustus, as it is stated on the beautifully preserved atikos. Nowadays it’s only possible to see the arch itself which is decorated with images of four ancient gods.
- The Arengo Palace . The palace is part of a composition consisting of three buildings. In ancient times, meetings were held here to hear the cases of local residents. In the palace you can see the famous “Last Judgment” fresco, which has been perfectly preserved until today. The other two buildings in the composition are the Palace of the Commons and the Palace of the Aldermen. All of them are located in the Cavour Square, where there are several other interesting buildings, such as the Public Theatre, the market and others. Also in the center of the square is the Pigna Fountain, which still has clean, drinkable water.
- Sismondo Castle . The castle, a fortress built in the 15th century, was surrounded by a moat and thick outer walls. Now you can see only the building itself, and get inside only during the events.
- City Museum . Previously it belonged to a church built in the early 18th century. Nowadays it’s possible to see various exhibits that are stored on the four floors of the building. It is a place where you can see artefacts found during excavations, jewelry and art.
- Malatestiano Cathedral . Originally a church, later in the 15th century the Malatesta ruler had it rebuilt as a tomb for himself and his family. The building is still unfinished, as there were money problems at the time. Now you can see the building, with a beautiful marble facade, without a dome. The ancient style of architecture was used in the construction.
- Piazza Tre Martiri . During the Second World War, three Italian partisans were executed here, after whom the square is named. But the history of the square itself is much older, it is believed that Julius Caesar himself was here. In the square there is a small Clock Tower, which in addition to the time will show the moon phase.
This is not a complete list of things to do in Rimini, as well as interesting places to visit. For the lovers of architecture and history you will find many interesting places to visit. Tourists who want to get active will also find plenty of things to do. Rimini is a wonderful place to take a walk, sit in small cafes and restaurants and enjoy the sunshine and the sea breeze.
10 reasons to visit Rimini
It is with Rimini that many people discover Italy. This small city of Emilia-Romagna, has everything we love in this country: beautiful nature, the sea, the atmosphere of the resort town, the Roman heritage and Renaissance monuments.
Alea jacta est, or “the lot is cast” – with these words Caesar’s march to Rome across the Rubicon River began. It is located right here, on the outskirts of Rimini. This city is the birthplace of the famous film director Fellini, and it is also home to the first image of glasses and unique archaeological finds for which specialists from all over the world come to Rimini. As the famous Italian singer Luciano Ligabue said, “Rimini is like the blues: everything is here”.
1. Visit Tempio Malatestiano
The “Temple of the Malatesta Family” or Tempio Malatestiano was built in the fifteenth century by the most famous ruler of Rimini, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, on the site of an old church that served as the family tomb. The main architect was one of the most important representatives of the Renaissance, Leon Battista Alberti. The plan was truly grandiose, but the large dome was never realized.
The interior of the cathedral is austere. In the niches you can see various symbols, statues of exotic animals such as elephants – the heraldic symbol of the Malatesta family – and even signs of the zodiac. Sigismondo himself and his wife Isotta degli Atti are buried in the cathedral. The large crucifix above the altar is the work of Giotto himself. To the right of the altar is a depiction of Sigismondo Malatesta by Piero della Francesca.
2. See the legacy of ancient Rome
In Rimini there are important monuments of ancient Rome: the Arch of Augustus, the Bridge of Tiberius and the “Surgeon’s House”.
The Arch of Augustus served as the main gateway of the city from the Flaminia road that ran from Rome to the Adriatic coast. It is the oldest extant Roman arch (27 B.C., during the reign of Augustus). In the Middle Ages it still served as a gateway to the city, and when it partially collapsed in the 10th century, battlements with loopholes were added to it. The medieval superstructure is very striking.
The Tiberius Bridge over the Marecchia River is one of the oldest in the world. Its construction began under Emperor Augustus and was finished under his heir, adopted son Tiberius. The bridge separates the city center from the fishermen’s district of San Giuliano, which, incidentally, Fellini was very fond of. From here you have an excellent view of the city’s only skyscraper, the Grattacello di Rimini, and the old part of town.
“The Surgeon’s House” is the most famous part of the archaeological complex located in Piazza Ferrari. Scientists call it the “little Pompeii” in the center of Rimini. A box containing 150 of the oldest surgical instruments was discovered here. They are now preserved in the city’s museum.
3. Take a walk through the historic center
Piazza Tre Martiri © Nick_Nick / Shutterstock
Piazza Tre Martiri, or Piazza Tre Martiri, is the largest in the city. It follows the shape of the Roman forum that was there. In the square are the church and chapel of St. Anthony of Padua. It was built on the spot where, according to legend, during the sermon of the priest a donkey knelt down.
Another interesting place on the square is the memorial pillar-tribute in honor of Caesar’s famous crossing of the Rubicon, after which he addressed the troops at the forum that used to be there. The square itself used to be named after Julius Caesar, but in 1946 it was renamed Piazza Tre Martyrs, the Partisans of Rimini executed by the Germans during the war.
Piazza Cavour © ET1972 / Shutterstock
Piazza Cavour is considered the main piazza, as it has been the seat of the town hall since the Middle Ages. Palazzo del’Arengo, the palace of the council of the people of Rimini, built in 1204, and the 14th-century Palazzo del Podesta are all of interest here. There is also the Galli Theatre, at the opening of which Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Harold” was staged in 1857. To the left of the theater is the fish market “La Pesqueria” of the first half of the XVIII century, and next to it is the fountain della Pigna. Leonardo da Vinci himself admired its beauty when he visited Rimini in 1502.
Castel Sismondo, or Rocca Malatestiana, was a castle built for Sigismondo Malatesta in the fifteenth century. Due to frequent wars and constant strife with the neighbouring Duchy of Urbino, represented by Federico de Montefeltro, the rulers of Rimini were forced to fortify the city. The architects of the castle were the incomparable Filippo Brunelleschi and the ruler himself, Sigismondo Malatesta.
4. See the world’s first image of spectacles
The Church of St. Augustine is said to contain one of the oldest, or even the oldest, image of spectacles in the world. In the altar apse among the 13th-century frescoes by Giovanni da Rimini is “The Resurrection of Drusiana,” depicting the miracle performed by St. John the Evangelist.
The second figure to the right of the resurrected Drusiana is a monk wearing glasses. It is possible that Dante and Petrarch are depicted in the same fresco.
5. Seeing Federico Fellini’s Dreams
The Four Horses Fountain.
Federico Fellini was born in Rimini, loved his city and praised it in his films. The main attraction associated with Fellini is the Grand Hotel, the most expensive and luxurious hotel in the city, where the maestro always stayed when he came to town – they always left a room free for him. The hotel is surrounded by the beautiful Fellini Park, which has one of the symbols of the city – the Four Horses fountain.
The city museum in Piazza Ferrari has an exhibition dedicated to Fellini. Here there are albums in which the director sketched his dreams in order to reproduce these scenes in his films. Each visitor can thumb through the copies of the albums and see the real dreams of the great director.
6. Take a walk through “Italy in miniature”.
In Rimini there is a park “Italy in miniature”, which presents more than 270 reduced sights of Italy. Here you can see the whole country and choose the next place to go. In addition to Italy, here you can see other major places of power of European cities, as well as ride rides.
7. To visit a state within a state.
We are talking about the Republic of San Marino, the oldest republic in the world, founded by St. Marino in 301 AD. The country is located on Mount Titano, which is perfectly visible from Rimini. The capital of the republic, the city of San Marino, is located on the highest point of the mountain, from which you can see the mountains, the plains and the Adriatic Sea. Worth seeing are the three fortress towers: Guaita, Cesta and Montale, the Cathedral of St. Marino and the neo-Gothic Palazzo Pubblico. San Marino is a duty-free zone, so get ready for a long shopping spree. From Rimini, the Republic of San Marino can be reached in less than an hour by bus or car.
8. Try Piadina.
Piadina Romagnola is the pride of the region. The local variety of Piadina di Rimini is thinner and crispier than the same dish in Forlì or Ravenna. Each chef has a different recipe for the filling; you can find piadina with ham, or you can find it with mozzarella or even chocolate. An important element of the local cuisine is Adriatic fish, such as mackerel. The most famous wine of the area is the red Sangiovese di Romagna.
9. Wander along the promenade
The coastline of Rimini is 15 kilometers of sandy beaches. Most of them are well equipped: sports grounds, children’s attractions, night beach discos. The beaches of Rimini provide a high level of safety, which is especially important for holidays with children. Be sure to go to the city dolphinarium “Leoni Marini Rimini”, the Ferris wheel, the park “Fiabilandia” and the most famous water park in Europe – “Aquafan” (located in the nearby town of Riccione, as well as the dolphinarium “Oltremare”). And if you have time, you can go to the most famous amusement park in Italy, “Mirabilandia”.
10. Have fun at the “Pink Night”.
Rimini’s most famous holiday event is Pink Night, or “Summer New Year”, which is celebrated in late June and early July. On this night the Emilia-Romagna coast is illuminated by the pink light of the sunset and turns into a festive arena. Various shows, performances and exhibitions take place, the streets are lavishly decorated, and restaurants, clubs and beaches hold parties with a “pink” dresscode. The festivities end with a grand fireworks display.