8 places to visit in and around Rimini, Italy

8 places to visit in and around Rimini, Italy

Take a trip from Rimini to discover the many wonders of Emilia-Romagna. Like the coastal area, the interior of Rimini also offers numerous recreational opportunities. You can spend entire days exploring the area and its historical and numerous attractions.

The fortifications and defensive villages of the ancient lords of these Malatesta lands have left places where you can still breathe in the medieval atmosphere and immerse yourself in a past world. Walk in the footsteps of the various civilizations that lived in these places thousands of years ago. Enjoy breathtaking views of the coast from the hilltops and mountains of the interior of Rimini. Here are a few places not to be missed on a trip from Rimini.

1. Santarcangelo di Romagna

Santarcangelo di Romagna is a medieval village about ten kilometers from Rimini, inland. Walking through its streets, you will notice strange stone squares with the words “granary” engraved on them, indicating that there is a real underground citadel under the surface of the town.

This excavated underground world can be visited: it is a tangled maze of tunnels, wells and round rooms. It was a refuge where the population fled or hid goods and food during a siege that could last for months. As many as 300 granaries and 150 caves were created and used as cellars as well as chapels for prayers. The Lords of Malatesta are said to have dug an escape route for horseback riding that overlooked the countryside beyond the walls.

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1. Santarcangelo di Romagna

2. Verucchio: the medieval atmosphere in the Malatesta fortress

If you are fascinated by archaeology and ancient civilizations or you like to walk through villages that have retained their medieval charm, you must spend a day in Verucchio . This hilltop village played a leading role in the history of the region. Between the ninth and sixth centuries B.C. it was the nerve center of the so-called Villanovan civilization, which is said to be of Etruscan origin. Numerous finds have been found in the necropolis excavated around the city and are now on display in the Civic Archaeological Museum.

Centuries later, Verucchio was the cradle of the powerful Malatesta family . Their fortress still stands in the surrounding landscape. In July Verucchio comes alive with a music festival and in August the fortress hosts historical re-enactments and medieval dinners. In the streets of the historic center you can admire the old buildings, breathe the atmosphere of past centuries and take pictures.

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2. Verucchio: the medieval atmosphere in the Malatesta fortress

3. Mount Titano: find the sentinels at the top of San Marino’s most famous castle

From San Marino it is impossible not to notice it, because the profile of Monte Titano stands out against the surrounding countryside. There are towers on each of the three peaks: these are the fortifications that protected San Marino from the Malatesta of Rimini, and today they represent one of the main attractions for holidaymakers in the seaside resort. Rocca Guaita dates back to the 10th century.

It is the oldest of the three fortresses of San Marino and rests directly on the rock of Mount Titano. On the highest point of the mountain stands the Tower of Cesta, inside the castle, which used to be the guardhouse and now houses the Museum of Ancient Weapons. The tower of Montale is the smallest, but it is of the greatest strategic importance because it is in an optimal location for surveillance. Inside is the prison: a room 8 meters deep, accessible only from above.

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3. Mount Titano: find the sentinels at the top of San Marino’s most famous castle

4. Misano World Circuit: get your adrenaline pumping in a MotoGP race

The Misano World Circuit is the site of the Emilia-Romagna World Championship. Since 2012 it is dedicated to Marco Simoncelli, who started his career on this track. It is a historic building where sports competitions have been held since 1972. A guided tour allows you to see the paddock and the pits, the pit lane, the pitwall and the control room, the room from which races are controlled. You can go to the press center, to the speaker’s booth and up to the podium where the legends of the World Championship were awarded.

You can also ride an electric bike around the track and try its turns in complete safety. Even if you won’t go as fast as the two-wheeled champions, it’s worth a try . If you love cars and motorcycles, you should definitely visit the Misano World Circuit during your vacation in Rimini.

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4. Misano World Circuit: get your adrenaline pumping in a MotoGP race

5. Cattolica: between the Dancing Fountains and the fish lanes

An afternoon in Cattolica is a good idea to visit this beautiful seaside resort, which originated around an ancient fishing village. The port at the mouth of the Tavollo River is organized on two piers. If you like to walk along the waterfront, you can take a long walk among the flowerbeds, vegetation and the Dancing Fountains, whose water beats to the beat of music.

If you are looking for curiosities, look for the house where Guglielmo Marconi stayed. The village also has a small museum with archaeological finds from the Roman era.

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5. Cattolica: between the Dancing Fountains and the fish lanes

6. Saludecio: a medieval nineteenth-century village

If you like places rich in history, about thirty kilometers from Rimini you can visit Saludecio, which still retains the features of a medieval village. At that time it was the stronghold of the Malatesta family, threatened from the south by the Montefeltro di Urbino. The two fortified entrance gates of the municipality and the civic tower are reminders of those years of struggle and battles to defend the territory. Even the church itself, with its size and beauty of decoration, testifies to the importance of this place in the past.

Here, in Saludecio, in August, the 800 Festival is held, an event dedicated to the nineteenth century . The center is transformed into a large stage with dance, music and folklore performances and street artists. On the occasion of the festival, an area dedicated to old-time taverns is set up, and food stalls offer drinks and delicacies to eat.

7. Montegridolfo

Montegridolfo is a beautiful medieval village with a castle, cobbled streets and houses in stone and brick which reminds you of the past. This ancient-looking town on the border between Romagna and the Marche is known for historic facts from a much later era than its buildings.

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Here during World War II was the Goth Line, a defensive bastion created by the Germans between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas to prevent the advance of the Anglo-American army. The Allied forces decided to attack the enemy lines in this area because these were the lowest and therefore most vulnerable hills. Today, the battle is remembered in a museum that contains artifacts, war relics, documents and testimonies. The building stands at the foot of the castle, where there was a German observation post from which the vast area could be controlled.

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7. Montegridolfo

8. Museum of Views: see art from a new perspective at the Museo degli Sguardi

The Museo degli Sguardi houses a number of works of art, and visitors are asked to observe them, paying attention to what they are looking at. In this way, the viewer becomes an integral part of the piece. You can look at a piece with amazement or indifference, you can look at it with the interest of a collector, you can admire it or you can resent it.

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8. Museum of Views: see art from a new perspective at the Museo degli Sguardi

The path of the exhibition will lead you through the reactions that the cultures of distant worlds evoked in the West, from the scientific gaze of the rationalism of the Enlightenment to the aesthetic gaze of artists in search of new inspirations. This very interesting museum is located in the Villa Alvarado, next to the sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie on the hill of Covignano, not far from Rimini and can be visited on request.

Rimini

Rimini (Italy) – the most detailed information about the city with photos and videos. The best sights of Rimini with descriptions, guides and maps.

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.

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Rimini, overnight

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Geography and climate

Rimini is situated 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.

The 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 July and August. In June and September there are significantly fewer holidaymakers.

History

The Etruscans were the first to settle in what is now Rimini. Their settlement dates back to 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 sole masters of the city. This family ruled Rimini until 1528. After that the city was an area 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.

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.

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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 facings 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 its 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 the most famous sights of Italy, 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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