Relax on a sandy beach, go dancing and explore the architecture and historical monuments in this former Roman city.
Rimini is an enchanting seaside town on Italy’s eastern coast. Its miles of sandy beaches and hotel resorts attract travelers from across Europe and the world. There is also a busy nightlife with many bars and restaurants in the animated city. The hot climate, scenic landscape and Roman ruins make it the ideal spot for a relaxing and cultured vacation.
Romans founded the city in the third century B.C. and used it as a critical part of the communication system between the north and south of Italy during the Roman Empire. It was also heavily involved in World War II. Explore this rich history that separates Rimini from a typical seaside resort.
The Arch of Augustus, a monument dating back to 27 B.C., is one of the oldest Roman arches that is still intact. Admire its simplistic design with columns and a grand central arch. Gaze at the emblems of Roman gods on either side of the structure. Once part of a wall around the city, the gate now stands alone.
Cross the Tiberius Bridge and admire its five symmetrical arches above the water. Construction began during the reign of Augustus and was completed during that of his successor Tiberius in around A.D. 20.
Visit the 13th-century gothic cathedral, Tempio Malatestiano. Admire its broad, marble façade and the simple triangular pediment above the grand entrance. Inside the church you’ll find intriguing works of art, including frescoes, paintings and sculptures.
In the historic center of Rimini is the Piazza Cavour with an elegant fountain and old Roman architecture. Sit at a café in the square near the street artists and souvenir shops.
After sightseeing and learning about the city’s rich history, discover Rimini’s miles of sandy beaches. Head to one of the discos at night and make friends with locals.
Rimini is less than a 30-minute drive from the capital city of the Republic of San Marino, a small country surrounded by Italy. Get around Rimini using the bus service or rent a bicycle or scooter.