Rimini is a city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and capital city of the Province of Rimini. It is located on the Adriatic Sea, on the coast between the rivers Marecchia, and Ausa. It is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Italy and Europe, thanks to its 15 kilometer sandy beach, over 1 000 hotels, and thousands of bars, restaurants and discos. The first bathing establishment opened in 1843. An art city with ancient Roman and Renaissance monuments, Rimini is the hometown of the famous film director Federico Fellini as well.
History and General Information
Founded by the Romans in 268 BC, throughout their period of rule Rimini was a key communications link between the north and south of the peninsula, and on its soil Roman emperors erected monuments like the Arch of Augustus and the Tiberius Bridge, while during the Renaissance, the city benefited from the court of the House of Malatesta, which hosted artists like Leonardo and produced works such as the Malatesta Temple. In the 19th century, Rimini was one of the most active cities in the revolutionary front, hosting many of the movements aimed at the unification of Italy. In the course of World War II, the city was the scene of clashes and bombings, but also of a fierce partisan resistance that earned it the honor of a gold medal for civic valor. Finally, in recent years it has become one of the most important sites for trade fairs and conferences in Italy.
Things to See
- The Augustus Arch – a Roman arch built to celebrate the Roman emperor who lent it his name
- The Tiberius Bridge – the Roman bridge that marks the beginning of the Aemilian Way
- The Domus of the Surgeon – an impressive archeological area documenting 20 centuries of Rimini history.
- The Federico Fellini Museum (in Via Clementini 2) – Fellini’s Museum is located within Rimini’s historic centre and is popular with both Italian public and foreign visitors alike. This museum covers everything related to the great film director’s life and career, from the earliest days of Federico Fellini (1920 – 1993) to his greatest masterpieces, including five Oscars. The Museo Fellini hosts regular exhibitions of drawings, photographs and sketches.
Lounge on the 15km of beaches. Known as La Marina, the beachfront is by far the number one reason anybody comes to Rimini. Yes, there is an old town, but this is generally ignored by most tourists although its major historical and cultural value with valuable monuments dating back to Roman and medieval era. Over winter, the marina side becomes a ghost town with a lot of shops shutting until the warm season starts up again, but the city centre is open all year round offering cultural events, good restaurants and great shopping opportunities. The new Rimini Fair host several important congress and fairs with a busy autumn-winter-spring schedule Rimini Fiera. In late 2009 the new congress center will open very near the center of the city. Remember to take a dip in the Adriatic. The bay is warm and inviting and home to many interesting and friendly mammals.
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