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Rimini somehow manages to pull off its mixed bag of attractions and incongruous groups of visitors without sinking under the weight of their contradictions. This seaside resort appeals to hedonistic clubbers and families, it offers Roman relics and fine contemporary cuisine, and, at the same time, it is the birthplace of elite art house film director Federico Fellini and a dedicated seaside resort that attracts mass tourism. Admittedly it is the long, boisterous beach that pulls in the crowds yet Rimini manages to somehow avoid a headlong descent into absolute tackiness. Drop your pretensions and embrace the pleasures of Italy’s Blackpool.
The Main Drag - A 12 mile stretch of nightclubs, souvenir shops, arcades, bars and restaurants snakes along the coast from Torre Pedrera to Miramare. This is where the family fun is to be found and the nightclubs keep those with energy going until the sun rises.
The Beach - Do not expect the sands to yourself. Especially in August Rimini’s beaches are jam-packed. There are plenty of opportunities for watersports and the waters are great for families: it’s just getting some elbow room that can be a problem.
The Old Town - Many visitors never get to see this part of Rimini, which is a real shame, as it reveals a very different side to it. Here old stone buildings huddle around the attractive Piazza Tre Martiri and Piazza Cavour whilst the port-canal and town ramparts provide surprisingly tranquil places to take a stroll.
Hilltop Towns and Valleys - The countryside that surrounds Rimini is well worth a visit: valleys covered in fir and chestnut trees and attractive little towns like Santarcángelo perch on hills.
Things to See in Rimini
The beach may not be isolated but it's an attractive beach and a great place to watch the mix of Italian families on their summer holidays and young clubbers in recovery mode. The surrounding countryside offers some welcome respite from the brash pleasures of the seafront as does the old town just a short walk away.
The Ibiza of Italy offers nightlife on tap for those looking to party. Families will enjoy the arcades, watersports, open air films and beach fun that the resort offers. Art house lovers will find homages and souvenirs related to Fellini throughout the town. The restaurants offer food that is well above what you may expect - just stroll along the beachfront and follow your nose.