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City Facts

Rimini is a 136.100 inhabitants-city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and capital city of the Rimini Province.
It is located on the Adriatic Sea and, together with Riccione, is probably the most famous seaside resort on the Adriatic Riviera, among Italians.

The patron of the city is St. Gaudentius - it's celebrated on October 14.

Rimini is provided wth 5 railway stations (Rimini, Rimini Fiera, Rimini Miramare, Rimini Viserba and Rimini Torre Pedrera).
It is served by the Federico Fellini International Airport, airport of Rimini and San Marino.

Historic Sites

Rimini’s history began at the beach. Up to the 8th millennium BC, primitive men lived in the coastal area as far back as the hillside of Covignano.
The Malatesta family, whose most famous member was Sigismondo Pandolfo, a condottiere and patron of art (he had Alberti build the famous Tempio Malatestiano) who was lord of Rimini between 1432 and 1468, emerged from the struggles between municipal factions.
At the beginning of the 16th century, once the Malatesta family had been banished, Rimini, now a small town of the Papal States, had a local government under the Apostolic Legate of Ravenna. Towards the end of the same century, the municipal square (Piazza Cavour), which had been closed off on a site where the Poletti Theatre was subsequently built, was redesigned. The statue of Pope Paul V has stood in the centre of the square next to the fountain since 1614.
In the 16th century, the 'grand square' (now the Piazza Tre Martiri in honor of three civilians hanged by the retreating Nazis at the end of World War II), which was where markets and tournaments were held, underwent various changes. For example, a small temple dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua and the Clock Tower block were built, giving the square its present shape and size.
Until the 18th century, raiding armies, earthquakes, famines, floods and pirate attacks ravaged the city. In this gloomy situation and due to a weakened local economy, fishing took on great importance, a fact testified by the construction of functional structures such as the fish market and the lighthouse.
During World War II, the city was torn apart by heavy bombardments and by the passage of the front along the Gothic Line but after liberation on September 21, 1944, impressive reconstruction work began, culminating in the explosive development of the tourist economy that created a new urban reality.

Seaside

Lounge on the 15km of beaches. Known as La Marina, the beachfront is by far the number one reason anybody comes to Rimini. Yes, there is an old town, but this is generally ignored by most tourists.

The whole town is geared towards tourists, so there are bars and nightclubs everywhere. Once the sun goes down, the streets of Rimini come alive with lights, colour and noise as the sunbathers of the day become the revellers of the evening.

Over winter, the whole place becomes a ghost town with a lot of shops shutting until the warm season starts up again.

The seaside provinces of Rimini are called: Bellariva, Corpolò, Marebello, Miramare di Rimini, Rivabella, Rivazzurra, San Fortunato, San Giuliano a Mare, Santa Aquilina, Torre Pedrera, Viserba and Viserbella

See my Viserba-page for more pics and Info.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:sun, sea, beaches plus historic sites - WONDERFUL!
  • Cons:crowded of tourists in summer - ghost town in winter
  • In a nutshell:Not the most beautiful in Italy, but worth a visit!
  • Last visit to Rimini: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated Apr 12, 2006
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  • CandS's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2006 at 2:56 PM

    Hi Petra! Great page you have here!!!! I love the photos especially... Borgo San Giuliano reminds me a bit of a street we visited in Prague...so beautiful! :)

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