Rimini is situated in central Italy; in the Emilia Romagna region.
Being a sea side resort, most of the people go to Rimini in order to spend some hours (or most of their time) on the beaches.
In Rimini there is practically a long strip of beach. It is 15 kilometers long or maybe more.
Many beaches are of private property, but there are free of charge ones. There are dogs friendly beaches as well.
As in most of the Italian seaside resort these beaches are very crowded during the month of august. Thus I' d suggest to spend your days in Rimini in june or at the beginning of september.
The Malatestian temple is one of the main sights in Rimini.
There was a church since the IX century on its site.Then it was built the church of Saint Francis in the XIII century. It was redesigned in 1450 by order of Sigismondo Malatesta as his and her mistress' burial site.
Inside it is richly ornated with sculptures. Its main sights are a crucifix by Giotto; created in 1312 and a fresco by Piero della Francesca of 1451 depicting Sigismondo kneeling in front of Saint Sigismond.
This church was restored after it suffered serious damages in the WWII war.
Piazza tre Martiri is one of the two main squares in Rimini. It occupies partly the forum or Ariminum; the Roman colony founded in 268 B. C.
Its previous names were; Piazza Grande, Piazza Sant Antonio, Piazza Giulio Cesare and Piazza delle Erbe. It was named "tre Martiri" to commemorate the death of three partisans hanged there in 1944. Martiri means "marthyrs".
Here you see a nice clock tower, built in 1547 and rebuilt in 1753 and the small chapel dedicated to Saint Anthony. This dates between 1575 and 1578.
Saint Anthony' s chapel.
Corso 101 Vulpitta dolciumi is one of my favourite shops in Rimini. Here they sell sweets, wines, alcoholic drinks, tea, coffee and lots of other items. You can find it around the corner of piazza Tre Martiri; in corso d' Augusto.
This is a small shop but full of things. I could stay into this shop for a lot of time; really.
La Casa del Chirurgo. The Surgeon' s house.
There are some Roman remains in Rimini. One of these is a large floor mostly decorated with mosaics. This is what is left of the house of a surgeon. It was built during the second half of the second century A. D.
It was a two storey building with several rooms and a garden. There was even a workplace for visits and operations.
Various surgical tools were found here. Now these are in the city museum.
If you are quite attentive you can spot a couple of skeletons among the mosaics.
Piazza Cavour is another square in this town.
There are three palace joined together in Piazza Cavour. On your right; near the street you see Palazzo Garampi; built at the end of the XVII century. It is used as town hall today.
Palazzo dell' Arengo that housed a tribunal, is located in the middle of this group of palaces. It was built in 1204. The third palace is Palazzo del Podestà . This was were the lord of the town lived. It dates between 1330 e il 1334. Today it is the seat of various expositions .
Next to the palaces there is the theater Amintore Galli built between 1843 and 1856.
In piazza Cavour there is a large fountain; fontana della Pigna (i. e. pine cone). There is also a big statue of Pope Paul V. I am sorry, but I didn' t take a pic of this statue.
Opposite the three palaces you see an old fish market; built in 1743. Today there is a flowers market inside this building. I suppose it is in operation every morning.
Here you can see the teather Amintore Galli.
Città del Sole is another favourite shops of mine in Rimini. Here you can find mostly toys, but also something for adults, as table games and books. This shop is part of a chain which has shops located in various towns in Italy.
Città del Sole is located at via Tempio Malatestiano. At n. 45.
Get lost in Rimini! You will discover several nice areas.
The Tiberius bridge is a beautiful Roman bridge. This five arched Istrian stone bridge was started during the reign of Augustus in 14 A. D. and completed under Tiberius' reign in 21 A. D.
Originally it was built to cross the Marecchia river, but this was later diverted to avoid floods. This bridge has survived floods, war attacks and earthquakes.
It connects corso d' Augusto; the old town' s main street with Saint Giuliano quarter (Borgo San Giuliano). This bridge is open to pedestrians and cars except for heavy vehicles.
Borgo San Giuliano is one of the oldest areas in Rimini. It was originally inhabited by seafarers and fishermen.
Today this area is a kind of village, with lots of colorful houses, the main square with a church; several cafes, restaurants and shops.
I stayed some times at a nice three stars hotel in Rimini. Hotel Clitunno. It is situated in Viserbella; an area part of Rimini.
Last time I booked a room there, I was given a double room with bathroom en suite there. It had also a small balcony.
Breakfast at this hotel is buffet style with various pastries, bread, cold cuts, jam and other food. Hot drinks, as coffee, cappuccino and hot chocolate are served at your table. Lunch and dinner are partly buffet style. Food at hotel Clitunno was really good.
Hotel Clitunno has a communal room, a cafe and a terrace. This hotel is located near the sea. See; www.hotelclitunno.net
Cesenatico is a beautiful sea side resort located between Rimini and Ravenna.
I did a day trip from Rimini to this town last time I visited Rimini. The journey from Rimini to Cesenatico lasted around half an hour by train.
I didn' t visit any beaches in Cesenatico the day I was there, I only stayed in the old center and I walked a lot.
I think the highlight of this town is its canal port. It is said it was designed by Leonardo da Vinci in 1502. It is situated in the center of Cesenatico.
This canal port is bordered by lots of buildings painted in various colours. Many of these house shops, cafes and restaurants. There are some colourful old boats moored at this port which are part of the museo della marineria (a naval museum).
Santarcangelo di Romagna is a beautiful village some 10 kilometers far from Rimini. I went there by bus from Rimini.
It has a fortress (Rocca), built in 1386 (there was a previous one); enlarged and modified after a century.
Near and below the fortress you can explore the Medieval area of the village with a network of narrow cobbled streets and nice houses. The "modern" area has lots of shops and cafes to rest a bit.
Santarcangelo has also a couple of museums. A museum of buttons; where you can see a large display of buttons from various ages and an archaeological museum.
In this picture you see the upper area of Santarcangelo from a park.
Beside Cesenatico and Santarcangelo di Romagna you can visit San Marino as a day trip from Rimini.
San Marino is a country located within Italy. It is the third smallest country in Europe and one of the oldest in the world.
You can go from Rimini to San Marino by coach. You can take one just outside the train station.
According a legend San Marino was founded by Marinus, a Dalmatian stomemason, in 301 A. D. He left his country to avoid the christian persecutions of Diocleatianus.
There are nine municipalities in this country. These are called "castelli".
I will tell you something about its capitol town; San Marino. Yes, it bears the same name of the state.
Piazza della Libertà is San Marino main square. Here you can see the Palazzo Pubblico. This palace is the seat of the parliament and where important official happenings take place. It was built in 1894.
This country has several shops that offer tax free goods for foreigners. San Marino even if it is a small town has a good choice of shops of various kinds.
There are three towers in San Marino. Well; two of them are fortresses, The other is a proper tower.
The first tower is called Torre Rocca or Guaita. It dates around to the XI century.
This is the witches' path (its Italian name is il Sentiero delle Streghe). It is the path which links the fist the first and the second towers.
This arch lies under the witches' path.
The second tower; Torre Cesta or Fratta was built around the 1400. It is situated on the highest point of the Mount Titano. Here you see a view from this tower.
This tower houses a weaponry museum inside.
The third tower is called Montale and housed a prison. It is not opened to visitors. I didn' t take any picture of this tower.
The garden you see in this picture is next to the Cava dei Balestrieri (the crossbowmen' s cave). This cave is the site of many events.
There are some nice statues inside this garden.
After a long stroll you can rest a bit at this garden; the Giardino dei Liburni.
This garden is quite simple, but nice.
I had a good ice cream at cafe Titanium. At this small place they sell a large choice of ice creams flavours.
This is a close up of the main gate' s door of the town.