One of northern Italy’s focal points for tourists, the city of Rimini in the region of Emilia-Romagna possesses a mix of culture, relaxation and partying which few areas can rival in the country.

Previously inhabited by the Greeks, the Gauls and the Etruscans, the foundation of the Roman colony of Ariminum near the current site of Rimini in 268 BC was a pivotal moment in the settlement’s history. Expansion quickly followed due to trade and numerous monuments were erected, particularly during the reigns of Augustus and Hadrian.

Invaded by the Goths, the Byzantines and the Lombards in the post-Empire period, it was only in the 13th century that some semblance of stability was re-established courtesy of the Malatesta family. Dominating the city until the early 16th century, Rimini’s pedigree was firmly re-established, as rulers like Sigismondo Pandolfo proved major patrons of the arts.

Later part of the Papal States and the French-controlled Cisalpine Republic, Rimini was incorporated into the new Italy in 1860. Today the city is a tourist epicentre, retaining its architecture and charm as well as providing everything you need for a great holiday.


Undoubtedly the most lavish piece of architecture in Rimini is the Duomo di San Francesco. Initially built in the 13th century in gothic style, it was transformed by the Malatesta family two centuries later but never completed. Nevertheless, its design makes it a fantastic sight, while the interior is remarkable for the incredible fresco by the great Piero della Francesca as well as the tombs of Sigismondo and Isotta Malatesta.

Rimini has also preserved a number of Roman monuments. Particularly spectacular is the Arch of Augustus, built in 27 BC, but the 2nd century AD amphitheatre is also impressive, along with the still functional Tiberius' Bridge, completed in 21 AD over the Marrechia River and connecting the city centre to Borgo San Giuliano.

Found in the Via Tonini, the City Museum contains further archaeological evidence of the city’s Roman past along with an art gallery. However, the town hall is the main spot for art, containing works by the Old Master Tintoretto and Bellini.

Towering above Rimini is the Fortress of San Leo, another fine piece of architecture and in a spot which provides a fantastic panoramic of the city itself.

However, Rimini is also a city for relaxation, as reflected in the 15 km long beach known as La Marina. Indeed, the Gradisca beach party on the 21st June is one of the highpoints of the city calendar, marking the start of summer. If the sea isn’t enough for you though, check out the Dolphinarium and Aquafan parks in Riccione.

Rimini plays host to a number of festivals during the year, the most prestigious being the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana classical concerts in September. The local music scene is also represented by the Jazz Festival, which takes place during the summer in the Marina Centro.

Football fans should take note of the local team, Rimini Calcio FC, who play their games in Serie B at the Stadio Romeo Neri (where tickets can be bought cheaply).


Being a major tourist destination, Rimini is packed with places to shop. Recently opened, the huge Le Befane shopping mall is one of the main locations. However, the Marina Centro seaside area and the Corso d’Augusto are equally good, particularly for high-street fashion.

Local crafts include ceramics and cloth printing. You can find plenty of outlets in the Via Bertani and Vicolo San Gregorio.

On Wednesdays and Fridays, the local market takes place in the Piazza Malatesta and Piazza Cavour respectively.

Nightlife and Eating Out

The regional cuisine of Emilia-Romagna seemingly revolves around the crepe-like Piadina bread, which comes with most speciality dishes such as strozzapreti pasta and brodetto (fish stew), and is washed down with the excellent local wines.

For convenience, you can find plenty of beachside restaurants in the San Guilano a Mare area, and you’ll find a plethora of restaurants in the Viale Vespucci and Piazzale Fellini. However, Lo Squero in the Viale Lungomare Tintori and Osteria de Borg in the Via del Forzieri are also highly recommended. You can also find international alternatives like Chinese and Japanese.

Renowned as the 'Ibiza of the Adriatic', Rimini’s vibrant nightlife owes everything to its twenty nightclubs and even greater number of pubs and bars. Fortunately for tourists, the Blue Line bus services runs to the main clubs like Paradiso on the Via Covignano throughout the night, starting out from the Piazzale Kennedy seafront.

If you simply want a place to drink though, the 'Old Fishmarket' area around the central Piazza Tre Martiri is great for winebars.

Families should be sure to visit the Galvanina Thermal Park, containing rides and amusements for children.

Tourist Information

Rimini Tourist OfficePiazzale Fellini, 347900RiminiTel: +39 (0)541 704587turismo@comune.rimini.it


Rimini is served by Federico Fellini International Airport, some 8 km from the city. Buses and taxis can be used to reach Rimini itself.

International and domestic connecting flights are available to limited destinations within the continent.

EasyJet (London-Luton) uses Federico Fellini to and from British destinations.

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