Despite being known for its hospitality, fun, and good food, Rimini is also a city of art with over 22 centuries of history.
The ancient Arimiunm, in fact, was founded by the Romans in 268 BC. This colony was a crucial node of communication between the North and South of the peninsula and here the Roman emperors erected monuments such as the Arch of Augustus (point of arrival of the Via Flaminia), the Tiberius Bridge (from which the Via Emilia begins, and Via Popilia) and the Amphitheater. In addition to numerous remains of Roman villas, the Domus del Chirurgo has been found here, the most important archaeological finding in recent years with a complete collection of surgical instruments from antiquity.
In Rimini in 1300, a school of Giotto painting was formed which was one of the fundamental chapters in the history of art. Testimonies of this can be found in the church of Sant’Agostino, in the Civic Museum, and in the Tempio Malatestiano, by Leon Battista Alberti, which in addition to important works, houses a crucifix by Giotto and a fresco by Piero della Francesca.
Sigismondo Malatesta was the Lord of Rimini and his court was one of the most lively of the time, hosting the likes of Leon Battista Alberti, Piero della Francesca, Roberto Valturio, Matteo de ‘Pasti, and producing works that are among the most important of the Italian Renaissance: the Malatesta Temple and Castel Sismondo, by Filippo Brunelleschi.
Rimini is also the home of the “Amintore Galli” Theater, a neoclassical masterpiece by Luigi Poletti, inaugurated by Giuseppe Verdi in 1857. In 1943, during the 2nd World War, it was bombed and was left abandoned for decades, however it is now about to be reopened.
Rimini is, therefore, first and foremost an important historical city, which over time has become a famous holiday resort on the Romagna Riviera and one of the major exhibition and congress centers in Europe (Rimini Fiera and Palacongressi).
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To be seen
- Castel Sismondo
- Piazza Cavour
- Palazzo dell’Arengo
- Fountain of the Pine Cone (mentioned by Leonardo)
- Pescheria dating back to 1500
- The Malatesta Temple
- Church of Sant’Agostino with the frescoes from the 300th
- Arch of Augustus with its medieval walls
- Bridge of Tiberius
- Roman Amphitheater
- City Museum with the surgeon’s domus
- Piazza Tre Martiri
- Mountain Port
- Church of Santa Chiara
- Church of San Bernardino
- Village and Church in San Giuliano
- Sanctuary of the Graces
- Cloister of San Fortunato
- Portocanale and the lighthouse
- Miniature Italy
Ice cream shops
- il Castello
- la Romana
- lo Zodiaco (fish)
- Cavalieri al Mare (fish)
- Ricci di mare (fish)
- Casa Tua (fish)
- Club Nautico (fish)
- Guido (3 Michelon stars – fish)
- Storie di Mare (fish)
- Novecento (meat and fish)
- da Marco (fish)
- Rock Island (evening and dinner aperitifs)
- Bocciodoromo (piadina)
- Lella (piadina)
- Pizza Italia (pizza of Neaples)