18 best sights of Rimini – description, photo and map

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City of Rimini (Italy)

Rimini is a city in northeastern Italy in the Emilia-Romagna region, located on the Adriatic Sea coast. It is one of Italy’s largest resorts, known for its riviera and as the birthplace of genius filmmaker Federico Fellini. Rimini is a city of lively nightlife during the holiday season, as well as a magnificent cultural heritage and ancient history, including many interesting places, beautiful parks, charming squares and wonderful museums. It is a popular youth resort with long sandy beaches that stretch for tens of kilometers to the north and south of the port.

Rimini has been known since ancient times. In ancient times there was a settlement called Ariminum and two important Roman roads crossed it: Via Aemilia and Via Flaminia. Much later Rimini became a busy port and in more modern times it has become a popular resort.

Rimini, overnight.

Rimini, overnight

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Geography and climate

Rimini is nestled on the eastern coast of Italy between the Adriatic Sea and the hills of the Apennine foothills in the southern part of the Po Valley. The rivers Marecchia and Ausa flow nearby. The sandy beaches stretch for almost 15 km. The climate is humid subtropical with a significant marine influence. Summers are hot and sunny, and winters are warm.

Beaches of Rimini

Beaches of Rimini

Tourist information

  1. The population is 146.6 thousand people.
  2. Area – 134 square kilometers.
  3. Language – Italian.
  4. Currency – euros.
  5. Visa – Schengen.
  6. Time – Central European UTC +1, in summer +2.
  7. The high season is in July and August. In June and September, there are considerably fewer holidaymakers.

History

The Etruscans were the first to settle on the site of modern Rimini. Their settlement dates from the first millennium BC. Later the Gauls and Greeks came to the land. In the 3rd century B.C. the Romans founded their stronghold, Ariminum, at the mouth of the Marecchia River. The city became an important transport hub. Several important Roman roads connecting the north and south of the Roman Empire converged here. The Roman past has left us a unique historical and cultural legacy.

The decline of Rimini (and the entire mighty empire) coincided with the barbarian invasions. In the 5th century the settlement was conquered by the Goths, who were driven out by the Byzantines in the middle of the 6th century. In the first half of the 8th century these lands were occupied by the Lombards, who after a while were replaced by the Franks. The latter handed them over to the Pope. In the 10th century Rimini was part of the Holy Roman Empire.

The Streets of Rimini

The streets of Rimini

In the 13th century, the Malatesta family came to power and after some time became the sole master of the city. This family ruled Rimini until 1528. After that, the city was a zone of papal influence. At the end of the 18th century Rimini was occupied by French troops. In 1860 the city became part of a united Italy. During World War II Rimini was partially destroyed. However, most of its attractions remained virtually intact.

How to get there

Rimini has its own airport, which offers a fairly large number of destinations: Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Moscow, Krasnodar, etc.

You can also get to Rimini by train from Bologna, Milan, Venice and Rome. From Rome and back, there are FlixBus buses. The city has excellent freeway connections via toll highways to Milan, Florence and Rome.

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Shopping

Rimini, neighboring Riccione and the Republic of San Marino are home to many boutiques of fashion brands, “Made in Italy” brand stores and discount outlets. Here you can find famous shoe factories: Casadei, Giuseppe Zanotti, Baldinini, Sergio Rossi, Gianvito Rossi. Many stores are located in the historic city center: Boulevard Augusta, Garibaldi Street, Piazza Tre Martini. A great place for shopping is Boulevard Ceccarini in Riccione and San Marino.

Rimini at night

Rimini at night

Rimini is excellent Italian cuisine from inexpensive pizzerias to upscale restaurants. Traditional dishes here are pizza, various pastas, lasagna and cheese. Of traditional products you should buy olive oil, soft cheese Squacquerone, fossa cheese, wine.

I would like to add that it was in Rimini, in an inconspicuous cafe on the Adriatic Sea, we tasted the most delicious lasagne in Italy.

Attractions

Rimini is not only a famous youth resort, but also a lot of attractions, some of which were built during the Antiquity.

Arch of Augusta

Arch of Augusta

The Arch of Augusta is one of the main attractions of Rimini, the oldest Roman triumphal arch in Northern Italy, built in 27 B.C. to commemorate the construction of the ancient road of Flaminia. It is located at the southern end of Corso di Augusto, the main street of the city. The arch is unusual in that it was not adapted for a gate, thus symbolizing the newly achieved peace after a long period of wars. The crenellated wall above is a medieval addition, replacing the crown, which was probably topped by a statue of Augustus.

Beaches

Beaches

Along the Adriatic coast northeast of the old town extend the famous beaches of Rimini with hotels, sports fields, and rows of colorful beach umbrellas with sun loungers. The beach areas are available for rent. Not far from the port there is a huge Ferris wheel.

Let’s face it: the sea in Rimini is not the most beautiful. In Croatia, for example, the Adriatic Sea is much better. But the beach infrastructure is above all praise!

Tempio Malatestiano

Tempio Malatestiano

Tempio Malatestiano is a structure built in early Renaissance style as the tomb of the Malatesta family on the site of a small medieval church. Construction dates back to the 15th century. The façade was designed by Leon Battista Alberti in the Roman tradition, who drew inspiration from the Arch of Augustus. The interior is decorated with frescoes by Piero della Francesco and the only work by Giotto in Rimini. The marble veneers of the six watchmen’s chapels are so finely carved that they appear to be almost monochromatic paintings.

Ponte Tiberio

Ponte Tiberio

Ponte Tiberio is an ancient Roman bridge over the Marecchia River, built in 20 AD.

Borgo San Giuliano

Borgo San Giuliano

San Giuliano is a picturesque area of Rimini just beyond the Bridge of Tiberius with small, brightly painted houses and narrow, charming streets. Here are the old fishermen’s quarters.

Piazza Cavour

Piazza Cavour

Piazza Cavour is a charming square in Rimini. The center of the city since the Middle Ages. A lively place with weekly markets on Wednesday and Saturday. You can enjoy a fragrant cappuccino at the café until 11 o’clock.

Piazza Tre Martiri

Piazza Tre Martiri

Piazza Tre Martiri is the historic heart of the city, with stunning design, diverse buildings and magnificent architecture. In good weather, the piazza hosts seasonal markets and concerts. Piazza Tre Martiri is a popular location with many administrative buildings.

Castel Sismondo

Sismondo Castle

Castle Sismondo was built in the 15th century by the lord of Rimini Sigismondo Malatesta. It was once a large complex and surrounded by strong walls, but only the central fortress has survived. This impressive structure still occupies an important place in the culture and history of the city and is also a venue for markets and exhibitions.

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Port of Montanara

Port of Montanara

The Porta Montanara is the gateway to the ancient city, dating back to the 2nd century B.C.

Roman Amphitheatre

Roman Amphitheater

The Roman amphitheater was built in Rimini in the 2nd century AD and was used for gladiatorial fights. It was located on the outskirts of the ancient city and has survived only as ruins.

Basilica of Saint Mary

Church of Santa Maria

Parrocchia Santa Maria Ausiliatrice is a religious building built in the early 20th century in neo-Gothic style.

Church of Santa Maria dei Servi

Church of Santa Maria dei Servi

The Church of Santa Maria dei Servi is a Baroque Catholic church founded in the first half of the 14th century. It has a beautiful nave, richly decorated with stucco and gilding.

Church of Sant'Agostino

Church of Sant’Agostino

The Church of Sant’Agostino is an ancient religious structure, first mentioned in the 11th century. From the 13th century until the Napoleonic Wars, the church was run by Augustinian monks.

Church of San Nicolo

Church of San Nicolo

The Church of San Nicolo is a 12th-century Catholic church originally dedicated to San Lorenzo. In 1087, the relics of St. Nicholas were stolen from a church in the ancient city of Mira (now Turkey) and brought to Bari. In the summer of 1177, part of them (the left humerus) was stolen by a German bishop named Goto. A ship bound for Germany made an emergency stop in Rimini. Thinking it a sign from above, the bishop confessed to the theft and left the relic in the Church of the Sailors of San Lorenzo, which was formerly outside the city walls, near the port.

An interesting sacred monument is also the Catholic Church of San Giovanni Battista (Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista), built sometime in the 5th century under the patronage of Galla Placidia. The basilica was destroyed during the wars of the 8th century. In the 12th century, a church dedicated to John the Baptist was built on the site of the ancient shrine. In 1573 this religious edifice was attributed to the Carmelite order, and in 1605 it was joined to the parish of San Gregorio. In 1767-1772 the Carmelites rebuilt the church in late Baroque style.

What else to see and visit in and around Rimini:

  • The City Museum in the former Jesuit monastery — collections of Roman mosaics, sculptures, coins, ceramics, which ancient surgical and pharmaceutical equipment. The highlight of the collection is the surgical equipment of an ancient doctor whose house was excavated in Piazza Ferrari.
  • Italy in miniature – more than 200 of Italy’s most famous landmarks, reproduced in scale (Via Popilia 239, Viserba di Rimini).
  • San Marino is a dwarf state and the oldest republic in the world. We recommend to see the historical center on Monte Titano.
  • Riccione is a town southeast of Rimini with excellent beaches.
  • Fiabilandia is a popular amusement park.
  • The Old Fish Market is one of the nightlife centers of Rimini.
  • Marina Centro – the center of the waterfront.
  • The harbor (Marina di Rimini) is a great place for walks.

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18 recommended sights in Rimini

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Rimini is probably one of the most famous resorts in all of Europe, thanks to its long 15 kilometers of gorgeous white sand beaches, an abundance of hotels and many cozy bars and restaurants. Thousands of visitors flock here to relax on the beaches, distract themselves from the busy modern life, as well as see with their own eyes the grand sights of Rimini, photos and descriptions which often adorn the tourist booklets.

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As the capital of the province of the same name, Rimini has a population of about 146,000 people, making it one of the largest cities in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The region was once prominent in the Roman Empire, and to this day Rimini is still home to ancient ruins.

In addition to fantastic beaches, Rimini offers many historical sites, picturesque parks, beautiful squares and interesting museums. It’s easy to see why this city is so popular, and why it’s tourism revenue that makes up a large part of Rimini’s economy.v

City Museum

City Museum

City Museum.

This interesting, though somewhat chaotic, museum is widely known for its Roman section. Several spacious halls feature displays with finds from two nearby Roman villas, including magnificent mosaics, a rare and exquisite depiction of fish made in colored glass, and the largest collection of Roman surgical instruments in the world.

Other highlights include the colorful and imaginative sketches of Federico Felini, whose Il libro dei sogni, or The Book of My Dreams, is also on display.

Address: Museo della Città, Via Luigi Tonini, Rimini, Italy.

Tempio Malatestiano

Tempio Malatestiano

Tempio Malatestiano. | Photo: ermakov / Flickr.

Originally built in the 13th century in the Gothic style and dedicated to St. Francis, Rimini’s cathedral was radically transformed into a Renaissance Taj Mahal in the mid 1400s to house the tomb of Isotta degli Atti, mistress and then wife of Rimini’s knavish ruler Sigismondo Malatesta.

Sigismondo hired the Florentine architect Leon Battista Alberti in 1450 to reconstruct the church; as a result of the transformation, though not completed, the building is replete with grandiose Romanesque touches by Alberti as well as elements that celebrate Sigismondo and Isotta, including numerous medallions bearing the initials of the two lovers.

Alberti’s grandiose project was interrupted and eventually abandoned as Sigismondo’s popularity and influence waned in the 1460s. Sigismondo, disparagingly called “The Wolf of Rimini”, came into direct conflict with Pope Pius II through his aggressive military campaigns, who burned his effigy in Rome and excommunicated him for a long list of sins including rape, murder, incest, adultery and brutal oppression of his own people.

Sigismondo lost much of his territory in subsequent battles with papal forces and died in 1468. His sarcophagus is next to Isotta inside the church.

Address: Tempio Malatestiano, Via IV Novembre, Rimini, Italy.

Bridge of Tiberius

Tiberius Bridge

Bridge of Tiberius.

The majestic five-arch bridge of Tiberius dates back to 21 AD. In Roman times it marked the beginning of the Via Emilia, an important thoroughfare between the Adriatic coast in Rimini and the Po valley in Piacenza, which connected here to the Via Flaminia, providing a link to Rome.

Today the bridge still connects the center of Rimini with the old fishermen’s quarter of Borgo San Giuliano and rests on its original foundations made up of intricately woven wooden piles.

Address: Ponte di Tiberio, Rimini, Italy.

Arch of Augusto

Arch of Augusto

Arch of Augusto.

This triumphal arch, the oldest of its kind in northern Italy, was commissioned by Emperor Augusto in 27 BC. Its impressive 17-meter height can be seen on Corso d’ Augusto.

It was once the terminus of the Via Flaminia, the street that linked Rimini with Rome. The buildings that grew up around the arch were demolished in 1935 to emphasize its exceptional status.

Address: Arco di Augusto, Corso d’Augusto, Rimini, Italy.

Cinema Fulgor

Cinema Fulgor

Fulgor Cinema.

In January 2018, the recently restored theater of the legendary Italian director and Rimini native Federico Fellini, where he watched films since childhood and developed his passion for cinema, was opened to the public.

A part of the new Federico Fellini Museum is housed here and the other part is located in Castel Sismondo. The museum includes exhibitions dedicated to Fellini’s work, narrated through poetry, photographs, drawings and film projects, including even those films that have never been available to the public, as well as interactive and multimedia installations.

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Address: Cinema Fulgor, Corso d’Augusto, Rimini, Italy.

Surgeon’s House

Surgeon's House

Surgeon’s House | Photo: Puntin1969 /

This recently excavated Roman villa, once the home of a prosperous surgeon, contains a number of beautiful floor mosaics in various stages of decay. In the nearby Museo del Chirta you can see many surgical instruments recovered from the ruins.

Address: Domus del Chirurgo, Piazza Luigi Ferrari, Rimini, Italy.

Borgo San Giuliano Historic Quarter

Borgo San Giuliano Historic Quarter

Borgo San Giuliano historical quarter.

Located just beyond the Tiberius Bridge, Rimini’s old fisherman’s quarter has been renovated and is now a colorful patchwork of cobblestone streets, trendy trattorias, wine bars and houses with neat terraces. Note the numerous murals on the walls.

Address: Via S. Via S.S. Giuliano, Rimini, Italy.

Castel Sismondo

Castel Sismondo

Castel Sismondo.

A classic Renaissance castle, also known as Rocca Malatestiana. It was designed by the great warlord and ruler of the city Sigismondo Malatesta himself

It will open to the public at the end of 2019 and the rooms of the castle will show reconstructed sets of Fellini films, recreated by international artists as part of an addition to the Fellini Museum at the Fulgor cinema.

Address: Castel Sismondo, Piazza Malatesta, Rimini, Italy.

aRimini Caput Viarum

aRimini Caput Viarum

aRimini Caput Viarum.

It is a church and a hospital, dating back to 1368. Today it has been magnificently restored and converted into a small museum that tells the story of ancient Ariminum through four short videos, an interactive display that shows the layout of the city in Roman times, a second century AD sarcophagus and other exhibits.

Address: aRimini Caput Viarum, Corso d’Augusto, Rimini, Italy.

Municipal Palace

Palazzo del Podesta

Palazzo del Podesta.

At the northern end of Piazza Cavour is the Palazzo del Municipio, or Palace of the Municipality, erected back in 1562 and subsequently reconstructed after it was destroyed during World War II. It adjoins the majestic fourteenth-century Gothic Palazzo del Podesta.

Unfortunately neither of them is open to the public, so visitors have only to admire their monumental architecture.

Address: Palazzo del Podestà, Piazza Cavour, Rimini, Italy.

Rimini Beach

Rimini Beach

Rimini’s beach.

Rimini, famous for its long golden sands, is the ideal place to relax, enjoy the sun and swim in the Adriatic Sea. Starting from Federico Fellini Park, the beach stretches for many kilometers and is surrounded by first-class hotels, beach bars, restaurants and dotted with sunbeds.

Think about relaxing in the sun, having a cocktail or even two, swimming in the sea and building a sand castle!

Address: Spiaggia Libera, Via Largo Ruggero Boscovich, Rimini, Italy.

Piazza del Tre Martyrs

Piazza del Tre Martyrs

Piazza Tre Martiri. | Photo: W*** / Flickr.

Piazza Tre Martiri, which is the heart of the city, has been the site of some historic events in the history of Rimini and is also the center of the concentration of the most important buildings of the city. At its southern end you will find the small but impressive Church of San Antonio and the Church of St. Francis Paolo, while at the other end of the square you will find a number of fantastic stores, first-class restaurants and cafes.

At certain times of the year there are seasonal markets and sometimes even music concerts. The stunning design of the piazza, its fabulous architecture and the variety of facilities on offer make it a great place to visit.

Address: Piazza Tre Martiri, Piazza Tre Martiri, Rimini, Italy.

Riccione Beach

Piazza Riccione

Riccione Beach | Photo: Daniele Marzocchi Flickr.

Rimini is known for its upscale beaches, but a short drive along the coast will take you to the resort of Riccione, which is just as beautiful. This small coastal town has a beautiful golden sand beach that is also full of amenities and surrounded by comfortable hotels.

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In addition to the beach, Riccione is known for its thermal springs and spa treatments. Come here to truly relax and rejuvenate your body and mind.

Address: Riccione, Rimini, Italy.

Piazza Cavour

Piazza Cavour

Piazza Cavour.

Located in the historic center of Rimini, Piazza Cavour is a fantastic area with beautiful architecture and local markets. You can find this charming square about 5 minutes walk from Piazza Tre Martiri and just a short walk from the Museo del Città.

The sights located here include the town hall and the splendid Galli Theater. In addition, in the center of the square is the Antica Pescheria, an ancient columned walkway that leads to the Via Pescheria. The piazza has many restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy delicious food.

Address: Piazza Cavour, Piazza Cavour, Rimini, Italy.

Ferris wheel

Ferris Wheel

Ferris wheel.

Near the main beach of Rimini there is a large Ferris wheel called La Ruota Panoramica. This truly gigantic wheel is 55 meters high, weighs about 360 tons and has 28 cabins that can accommodate up to 168 people.

What can be better than to see a magnificent panorama of the city from the height of the Ruota Panoramica? The wheel moves rather slowly, and a full turn takes about 20 minutes.

Address: La Ruota Panoramica, Via Largo Ruggero Boscovich, Rimini, Italy.

Park Giovanni Paolo II

Giovanni Paolo II Park

Park Giovanni Paolo II.

Although Rimini is a world-class coastal resort, it also has some absolutely stunning city parks, with Park Giovanni Paolo II being the most notable. You can find this wonderful scenic area in the southern districts of Rimini, near the Palazzo Congress.

In the center of the park is the large Lake Mariotti, home to a variety of wildlife and fauna. This park is ideal for those who like to walk, enjoy the fresh air and do sports. The park is ideal for those who love walking, enjoying the fresh air and sports, where hiking paths wind around the park and the large open space is a great place for families and children to play.

Address: Parco Giovanni Paolo II, Rimini, Italy.

Italy in miniature

Italy in Miniature

Italy in miniature.

There is something inherently fascinating about miniature models of various objects, and Italy in miniature is a truly epic landmark that is astonishingly accurate in its detailed models of Italy’s most famous structures.

It is about 15 minutes north-east of Rimini and can be reached via the SS16.

The exhibition includes more than 200 miniature models, including the Colosseum, the Tower of Pisa and the Florence Cathedral. Each element has been recreated with amazing precision through the use of scale plans. In addition to models, there is a monorail, a restaurant and an educational center for children.

Address: Italia in Miniatura, Via Popilia, Viserba, Rimini, Italy.

Mirabilandia Theme Park

Mirabilandia Theme Park

Mirabilandia Theme Park | Photo: Simone Ramella / Flickr.

If you’re looking for a place to spend an entire day with the whole family, head to the Mirabilandia Theme Park. Located northwest of Rimini near Lake Standiana, this amazing park is full of different attractions for people of all ages and sizes.

It is one of the most popular theme parks in Italy and is visited by a huge number of guests every year. Here you can take a ride on a high-speed roller coaster, a water slide, or even a big Ferris wheel.

There are a number of extreme rides, as well as quieter ones for young audiences and a few action shows. So if you’re tired of the beach, be sure to head to Mirabilandia!

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