Easter and Easter Monday in Rimini: discovering the villages of the hinterland

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Easter is approaching. Italians are beginning to move towards the cities of art and towards the most captivating seaside destinations, which have found a way to offer much more than beach and umbrellas. An example? From decades to Rimini the Easter weekend coincides with the weekend of Paganello, the World Championship of acrobatic frisbee on the sand that gathers thousands of sportsmen and fans of the genre around the Rimini beaches.

Rimini actually has a lot to offer, thanks to a policy that in recent years has promoted the territory at 360 degrees, ranging from the sea to the hills, passing from food and wine to the cultural offer. The undisputed protagonist of this change was theoutback, a varied territory rich in small medieval villages that each year attract thousands of people from all over Europe. Today we propose some of these villages to visit at Easter and Easter MondayEtc.


  1. San Leo, the prison of Cagliostro
  2. Verucchio, the Middle Ages in our times
  3. Underground, in the caves of Santarcangelo
  4. Four steps in the Roman Rimini
  5. Useful information and links
  6. User questions and comments

San Leo, the prison of Cagliostro

It starts from San Leo, one of the "most beautiful villages in Italy", known to most for hosting the fortress where he was imprisoned and died - in 1795 - the count of Cagliostro. San Leo stands on a rocky boulder with suggestive overhanging walls. The historic center has preserved its original beauty with Romanesque buildings and the fortress that overlooks everything.

Verucchio, the Middle Ages in our times

We are in full Valmarecchia - the valley crossed by the Marecchia river - and we meet verucchio - capital of the Malatesta Lordship which houses one of the most impressive medieval fortresses in the entire territory (it seems that it is from these rooms that the advance of the family towards the conquest of Rimini began).

The town has the classic medieval layout with sacred buildings and important archaeological evidence of the Villanovan presence between the th and th centuries. B.C
Numerous necropolises and settlements emerged from the city excavations, so much so that in Verucchio there is a museum that houses gold and amber jewels, weapons and furnishings.

Underground, in the caves of Santarcangelo

Driving south, it is worth a visit Santarcangelo di Romagna, the town that rests on Colle Giove, and which is characterized by the presence of 160 tufaceous caves, many of which can be visited. The city is part of the international network of cities of good living (cittàslow) and is considered the capital of Italian theater by virtue of the historic festival which - every year - gathers thousands of artists from all over the world for the Theater Festival in the square.

Today it is a well-kept village - which owes part of its genuineness to the presence of taverns and restaurants built inside ancient buildings - with some squares and monuments typical of the Middle Ages and others more modern and "dreamy" designed by Tonino Guerra, who was home.

Four steps in the Roman Rimini

But back to Rimini. Away from the beach, in the Old Town we meet a city with a Roman heart with numerous monuments, evidence of the passage of "Rome". The city center develops between the Arch of Augustus and the Tiberius Bridge: the first marks the triumphal entry of the city, from the road that connected Rimini to Rome; the second is the 2-year-old bridge that crosses the Marecchia river, commissioned by Augustus himself.
Another piece of Roman history can be found in Piazza Ferrari: it is the Domus del Chirurgo, the Eutyches house (Eutiche) a doctor of oriental origin who practiced in Rimini. The Domus was returned to the public in 2007, and preserves the division of the rooms and some important murals intact; in addition, in the nearby Museum of the City there are 150 medical instruments that were found during the excavations and that belonged to Eutyches.

Useful information and links

To organize a tour in Rimini and in the Rimini hinterland you may need some information:

  • Historical notes on the territory - https://www.riviera.rimini.it/situr/scopri-il-territorio
  • Welcome and hospitality - http://www.info-alberghi.com/rimini.php
  • Tourist information - https://www.emiliaromagnaturismo.it/it

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