Rimini is probably one of the most famous and famous beach resorts in the whole of Europe – thanks to its 15 kilometers of beautiful white sand, numerous hotels and countless bars and restaurants. Thousands of tourists flock here to soak up the sun, relax on the beach and escape the busy modern life.
As the capital of the province of Rimini, the city has a population of around 146,000 and is one of the largest cities in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. This region of Italy once held an important place in the Roman Empire, and the remains of the Roman city can still be seen in Rimini today. Originally founded in 268 BC as an important communications outpost, the city was an important stronghold on the Adriatic Sea. Throughout the Middle Ages, Rimini changed hands and came under Ostrogoth rule. It was also very important during the Italian Revolution in the 19th century.
In addition to its stunning beaches, Rimini has numerous historical sites, beautiful parks, charming squares and interesting museums. It’s easy to see why the city is so popular and why tourism makes up a large part of Rimini’s economy.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Rimini:
1. The Arch of Augusto
The Arch of Augustus, at the end of the Corso d’Augusto, is a fantastic location and the main historic building in the center of Rimini.
The arch was built in 27 BC as part of the Flaminia fortifications, which were destroyed in the 1930s and named after Caesar Augustus.
Originally, an impressive statue of the emperor stood at the top of the gate, but this was replaced by serrations added later in the Middle Ages.
Today, despite its history, the arch is still intact, and once you’ve admired this important Roman relic, it’s a pleasant walk through the surrounding grounds.
2. Rimini Beach
Rimini is known for its long stretches of golden sand, the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and swim in the warm Adriatic Sea.
From Parco Federico Fellini, the beach stretches for miles and is lined with first-class hotels, beach bars, restaurants and large stretches of sand covered with sun loungers.
Consider taking a break in the sun, having a cocktail or two, taking a dip in the sea, and maybe building a sandcastle! Numerous resorts and amenities will keep you and your family entertained for days, and you’ll love the laid-back coastal vibe and charm.
3. Tempio Malatestiano
Rimini has a plethora of religious buildings, but none are as impressive or famous as the Temple of Malatesta.
This unfinished cathedral was built in the 9th century and is thought to have been completed in the 1400s.
Sitting on Via IV Novembre, the cathedral looks nearly finished, but it’s clear that the front façade should have a central tower – in its place a gap and an exposed brick wall.
Inside is a wealth of decorative and religious artifacts, including an ornate cross designed by Giotto and a sculpture by Agostino di Duccio.
In addition, there are many marble and stucco artworks on the walls, columns and arches.
3. City Museum
For those interested in archaeology and ancient history, the Museo della Citta is the perfect place to visit.
You can find this delightful museum within the confines of an old monastery on Via Luigi Tonini, a short walk from Ponte di Tiberio and Piazza Tre Martiri.
Inside this museum you can find a staggering 1500 artifacts and artifacts dating from prehistoric times to the present day.
Particularly impressive exhibits include stunning Roman mosaics, ancient coins and glassware, and even ancient surgical equipment.
Renaissance art and some famous masterpieces by artists such as Bellini are also displayed here.
5. Italy in miniature
Miniature displays are fascinating on their own, and Italy in Miniatura is a truly epic attraction, showcasing some beautifully detailed models of famous Italian buildings.
The attraction is located approximately 15 minutes north-east of Rimini, accessible via the SS16 route and has a dedicated car park.
Inside the grounds, you’ll find more than 200 miniature models, including the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Florence Cathedral.
Each structure has an amazing level of detail and has been faithfully recreated using scaled plans.
In addition to the models, there are monorails, restaurants and a children’s education center.
6. Tiberio Bridge
Another marvellous ruin of Roman settlement in Rimini, the Ponte di Tiberio sits at the end of the canal from the beach to Parco XXV Aprile.
If you walk towards the canal from the Arch of Augustus, you will eventually cross the beautiful Tiberius Bridge.
The bridge was built in 20 BC, and despite being nearly 2,000 years old, it remains in almost perfect condition, which is a remarkable feat.
Its 5 arches span the canal, and on calm days the reflections of the bridge in the deep blue water create a perfect picture.
7. Trematri Square
As the heart of the city, Piazza Tre Martiri bears witness to some historic moments in Rimini’s history and is a popular location full of important buildings.
At the southern end of the square you’ll find the small but impressive Tempietto di Sant Antonio and Chiesa Dei Paolotti, while at the other end a range of great shops and high-quality restaurants and cafés.
There are also seasonal markets and sometimes concerts at certain times of the year.
The plaza’s stunning design, majestic architecture, and various amenities make the plaza a great place to visit.
8. Riccione Beach
While Rimini is known for its high-quality beaches, a short trip along the coast will take you to an equally beautiful resort, Riccione.
This small seaside town has vast golden sands and is well-equipped with a range of quality hotels.
Besides the beaches, Riccione is also known for its natural hot springs and spas – come here to truly relax and rejuvenate.
9. Cavour Plaza
Located in the historic center of Rimini, Piazza Cavour is an excellent public area with some fine architecture and often hosts local markets.
You can find this charming square about a 5-minute walk from Piazza Tre Martiri and a few steps from the Museo della Citta.
Notable buildings on the square include the Town Hall and the palatial Galli Theatre.
Also, in the center of the square is the Antica Pescheria, an ancient columned walkway leading to Via Pescheria.
In addition, there is a range of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy delicious food.
10. Parco Giovanni Paolo II
While Rimini is a world-class seaside resort, it also has several stunning parks, the most famous of which is Parco Giovanni Paolo II. You can find this wonderful natural space in the southern area of Rimini, next to the Congress Palace.
At the heart of the park is the large Lago Mariotti Lake, home to a variety of wildlife and fauna.
This park is perfect for those who enjoy walking and enjoying the outdoors, or families who want an open space to relax and exercise.
Walkways meander through the park, and open pastures provide space for games.
11. Sismondo Castle
Founded in the 1400s by Sigismondo Malatesta, lord of Rimini, Castel Sismondo was once a large complex surrounded by walls, but today only the central fortress remains.
If Rimini and exhibitions and markets are often held inside the castle, this impressive structure still holds an important place in culture and history.
Everything about the castle is unusual; from its irregular design, to the fusion of various styles.
Take a guided tour of the castle and learn about its rich history.
12. Panorama of La Rota
Sitting on the edge of Rimini’s main beach is a giant Ferris wheel called La Ruota Panoramica.
This huge wheel is 55m high, weighs about 360 tons, has 28 cabins and can fully carry 168 people.
What better way to see the city and relax than with a Ruota Panoramica? The wheels move slowly, and a full cycle takes about 20 minutes.
13. Mirabilandia Theme Park
If you’re looking for a place to take your family out for a day, head to Mirabilandia theme park.
Located in the northwest of Rimini, next to Lago Standiana, this stunning park offers a variety of fun rides and attractions for people of all ages and sizes.
This is one of the most popular theme parks in Italy and attracts huge numbers of tourists every year.
Here, you can ride a super-fast roller coaster, get soaked on a log water tank, or even ride a giant Ferris wheel.
In addition, there is a range of thrill rides, more modest rides for younger audiences, and some action-packed shows and restaurants.
If you are tired of beaches, go to Mirabilandia!
14. Play crazy golf at the Rivergreen Course
For a unique activity, why not try a round or two of adventure golf? Rivergreen Golf is (as you might expect) right next to the Rimini canal and beach.
Covering 6000 meters, this delightful course is proud to be Italy’s first eco-miniature golf course, and its grounds are covered with beautiful trees and water features.
Two courses await your golf skills, both with 18 challenging but fun holes.
It’s really a great way to spend a sunny afternoon and have some friendly competition with your friends or family.
15. Seafood at Guido Restaurant
Due to its coastal location, Rimini has numerous pleasant sea-facing restaurants serving high-quality seafood.
Guido restaurant is one of them, located on the main promenade of the city’s Rivazurra district.
Gaze at the Adriatic Sea and watch the world go by as you try a variety of delicious food and wine.
Each meal is freshly prepared using locally sourced ingredients and freshly caught fish/seafood.
Why not try some squid or prawns? Or some traditional pasta? In the evenings, Guido also hosts regular live entertainment for you to enjoy.
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