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    What to see in Rimini? guide with practical tips about the city

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    Rimini is often considered a summer destination, a land of fun and crowded beaches, but the destination has so much more to offer! The city of Romagna, land of good food (just think of the Rimini piade) and of cinema culture and memory, can be an ideal stop for a stay suitable for both children and families, and not only in summer!

    So let's find out together what to see in Rimini with this guide with practical tips about the city!


    1. Historic center and Piazza Cavour
    2. Arch of Augustus and Piazza Tre Martiri
    3. Tiberius Bridge
    4. Malatesta Temple
    5. City Museum
    6. Domus of the Surgeon
    7. Old Fish Market
    8. Borgo San Giuliano
    9. Castel Sismondo
    10. Arengo Palace and the Art Palaces of Rimini
    11. Amintore Galli Theater
    12. Marina di Rimini and beaches
    13. Italia in Miniatura
    14. mirabilandia
    15. Other attractions to visit
    16. 8 things to do in Rimini
    17. User questions and comments

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    1 - Historic center and Piazza Cavour

    A concentration of history, culture, charm and nightlife. Elements so different from each other, but not incompatible for this, have contributed to making the Rimini historic center a real highlight of the city. Lively and in constant ferment, the real heart of Rimini, it lives thanks to the massive presence of citizens and tourists in the most important squares and close to prominent museums and monuments of the Romagna town.

    The most important square is Piazza Cavour, a real meeting place. Numerous buildings overlook here and in the center is the Fontana Della Pigna, which until 1912 was the only point with drinking water in the center of Rimini! All around are the Palazzo del Podestà, the beautiful Amintore Galli Theater and the Palazzo Garampi, which today houses the Municipality of the city.

    The historic center is the heart of the city. It develops between the Arch of Augustus and the Tiberius Bridge, the best way to explore it is on foot. Piazza Cavour is a 5-minute walk from the Tiberius Bridge. Piazza Ferrari bus station (line 1) - Get directions

    Coffee break at Caffè Cavour: located right in Piazza Cavour, in the heart of the historic center, this is the reference point and meeting point for many of Rimini! Stop for breakfast or just have a mid-morning coffee with a beautiful view over the square.

    2 - Arch of Augustus and Piazza Tre Martiri

    The gateway to the historic center it is the Arch of Augustus and walking under it gives a more unique than rare sensation. This structure was built in 27 BC, it is undoubtedly the oldest among the various Roman triumphal arches present in our beautiful country. According to tradition, on the top of the monument, which is over 10 meters high, a marble quadriga was to have stood, led by Augustus himself; the versions, however, are quite discordant.

    Corso d'Augusto starts from the Arch of Augustus, the road that runs through the historic center, full of shops and clubs and which crosses Piazza Cavour reaching the Tiberius Bridge. About halfway is Piazza Tre Martiri, which in the past it represented the political and commercial heart of Rimini. Here the characteristic Tempietto di Sant'Antonio and the Clock Tower, dating back to 1547, overlook.

    The Arch of Augustus is located in the southernmost part of the historic center, Arco d'Augusto reference stop (numerous city lines). From here develops Corso d'Augusto, 900 m long (12 min on foot). From the Arco you can easily walk to Piazza Tre Martiri (300 m, 4 min) - Get directions

    A place that has made history: right in this square, after the Rubicon Passage, Julius Caesar spoke to his legions, pronouncing the famous phrase "Alea iacta est", or "the die is cast". As a reminder of this, you will find a small column placed in the exact spot where, according to tradition, Cesare uttered these words.

    3 - Tiberius Bridge

    In the northernmost part of the historic center is the Tiberius Bridge, one of the most important examples of Roman architecture of the city, together with the Arch of Augustus. The bridge, however, is also known as the bridge of Augustus, as it dates back to the years of the Emperor Augustus, only later was it completed by Tiberius.

    This imposing structure is also known as the Devil's Bridge. The reason is simple and is linked to a sort of legend: on the balustrade of the bridge, in fact, there are two notches in the shape of goat feet. In numerous iconographic works and stories, the goat shape of the feet is attributed precisely to Satan.

    The Tiberius Bridge is located north of the historic center, easily reachable on foot from Piazza Cavour (400 m, 5 min) or from the City Museum (350 m, 4 min). Reference bus stop Via D'Azeglio (line 1) - Get directions

    Enjoy the bridge from another perspective: in addition to crossing it, we advise you to enjoy the bridge also from Parco XXV Aprile, a wonderful city park with paths and play areas for children. But not only that, it is also one of the most photographed places in the city, especially at sunset!

    4 - Malatesta Temple

    We always remain in the historic center, where between a walk and another you can come across the Malatesta Temple, unfinished religious architecture but, perhaps also for this reason, extraordinary in the eyes of visitors, believers and non-believers, which for the Rimini people is simply the Duomo.

    This important religious building was built at the behest of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, with the aim of celebrating the glories of his family. Its construction it saw the participation of well-known names in art and architecture. Among these, Leon Battista Alberti took care of the exterior and the structure of the Duomo, while the interiors were embellished with frescoes and sculptures of "sacred monsters" such as Piero della Francesca, Giotto, Giorgio Vasari and Agostino di Duccio.

    • in Via IV Novembre 35, in the historic center. Easily reachable from Piazza Cavour (450 m, 6 min) and from the Arch of Augustus (400 m, 5 min). Reference bus stop Alberti - Get directions
    • Mon-Fri 8: 30-12: 00 and 15: 30-18: 30, Sat 8: 30-12: 30 and 15: 30-19: 00, Sun 9: 00-12: 30 and 15: 30-18 : 30. Tourist visits suspended for the celebrations of the Holy Mass and religious anniversaries
    • free

    5 - City Museum

    In the historic center, a few steps from Piazza Cavour, there is the prestigious City Museum, housed in the former Jesuit college and former civic hospital, located in via Luigi Tonini. Inside, the museum is rich in finds, mosaics, furnishings and furnishings and a very rich picture gallery arranged on two floors, with works ranging from the fourteenth-century Rimini school to the great masters of seventeenth-century art.

    Make sure you organize your visit well and do not miss some of the great masterpieces exhibited here. Among these, absolutely worth mentioning is the Crucifix by Giovanni di Rimini, the Last Judgment also attributed to Giovanni di Rimini and the works exhibited in the Maltesian Rooms, works that the Malatesta family commissioned from artists of great caliber.

    Plan the visit: the City Museum and the Surgeon's House observe the same opening hours, so we advise you to visit them both in one morning (open all day in summer). Be sure to grab a map at the Museum entrance to not miss the most important works. For the Surgeon's House you will have to follow a predetermined path.

    • in Via Luigi Tonini 1, in the historic center, next to the Domus del Chirurgo. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Cavour (300 m, 4 min). Reference bus stop Piazza Ferrari (line 1) - Get directions
    • from June to August Tue-Sun and holidays 10: 00-19: 00, closed Mon. From September to May Tue-Fri 9: 30-13: 00 and 16: 00-19: 00, Sat-Sun and holidays 10: 00-19: 00, Mon closed
    • full € 7,00, reduced € 5,00

    6 - The Surgeon's House

    Next to the City Museum is the Surgeon's House, an unmissable stop, above all for lovers of "naked and pure" archeology. The discovery of this archaeological excavation of 700 square meters occurred almost by luck, following road works in Piazza Ferrari, when an excavator dug too deeply, bringing this beauty to light.

    Probably the dwelling was of a rd century surgeon and his discovery represented a historic turning point to say the least to reconstruct the healthcare and pharmaceutical profession in Roman times. The domus represents the ideal "extension" of the City Museum and places the view of its numerous finds is available to the public: instrumentation closely linked to the medical profession, in addition to the beauty of the house, with wonderful mosaics, including that of Orpheus.

    • in Piazza Luigi Ferrari, in the historic center, next to the City Museum. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Cavour (240 m, 3 min). Reference bus stop Piazza Ferrari (line 1) - Get directions
    • from June to August Tue-Sun and holidays 10: 00-19: 00, closed Mon. From September to May Tue-Fri 9: 30-13: 00 and 16: 00-19: 00, Sat-Sun and holidays 10: 00-19: 00, Mon closed
    • full € 7,00, reduced € 5,00

    7 - Old Fish Market

    The area of ​​the Vecchia Pescheria, which develops from Piazza Cavour, is the ideal location to breathe the younger and more lively atmosphere of the beautiful Rimini. It is, in fact, a real meeting point for the population, thanks above all to the widespread presence of pubs and restaurants in this area,

    But the Vecchia Pescheria by day it will immediately attract your attention for its architectural elegance, the result of the inspiration of a true expert in the sector, the architect Buonamici. Under these arches, once the fish market was held, today you can shop at the nearby covered market of the city.

    It is located in Via Pescheria, in the historic center, next to Piazza Cavour. Easily accessible from the Tiberius Bridge (400 m, 5 min) and from the Arch of Augustus (600 m, 8 min). Reference bus stop Piazza Ferrari (line 1) - Get directions

    Experience the Vecchia Pescheria: this area of ​​the historic center is a real jewel. During the day, take a trip to the Rimini bookshop, one of the oldest in Rimini, while in the evening you will be spoiled for choice thanks to all the restaurants! For after dinner, we recommend the Guenda Cocktail Sartoriali, a music venue specializing in cocktails and much loved by young people from Rimini.

    8 - Borgo San Giuliano

    The city of Rimini it gave birth to one of the best Italian filmmakers "exported" all over the world: Federico Fellini.

    To get to know Fellini better, we recommend you absolutely visit Borgo San Giuliano, the popular neighborhood where the director was born, an ancient fishing village Strolling through the streets you will come across numerous murals that represent and depict some of the most important works of the filmmaker of "Otto e Mezzo"! But not only, this is an extremely romantic neighborhood, where the people of Rimini meet for a more peaceful and relaxed aperitif in a more authentic atmosphere, or for a romantic candlelit dinner with your sweetheart!

    The Borgo San Giuliano district develops on the opposite bank of the Rimini Canal Port, around Via Giovanni Battista Gervasoni. It can be easily reached on foot from the Tiberius Bridge (300 m, 4 min). Matteotti bus stop (lines 2, 8, 9 and 91) - Get directions

    Take part in the Festa de 'Borg: if you are in Rimini in the first week of September during an even year, you absolutely cannot miss the Festa de 'Borg, an event where you can taste excellent street food, attend shows and listen to stories about the history of the village.

    9 - Castel Sismondo

    In the historic center of Rimini there is also the ancient Castel Sismondo, also called Rocca Malatestiana, one of the most interesting and unmissable to fully understand the history of the city! Its construction began in 1437 at the behest of Sigismondo and the works officially ended in 1446. This imposing building was built with a dual function, palace and fortress, a sign of power and supremacy over the city.

    At the moment, the castle is open to the public and can also be visited through guided tours, which will lead you to discover the interiors and the numerous rooms. It has also become a real meeting point for the people of Rimini, as several temporary exhibitions are held here as well as a bi-weekly market, as well as numerous events. Absolutely a place to live!

    Look for the coat of arms of the Malatesta family: right on the entrance overlooking the city, on the door you can admire the coat of arms of the Malatesta family, with the classic shield with checkered bands, the symbol of this powerful family. On the left and right of the coat of arms is written "Sigismondo Pandolfo" in lowercase, tall and picturesque Gothic characters.

    • in Piazza Malatesta, in the historic center. Easily reachable on foot from Piazza Cavour (230 m, 3 min) and from the Arch of Augustus (850 m, 10 min). Reference bus stop Circonvallazione Occidentale (line 1) - Get directions
    • lun-ven 10:00-19:00, sab-dom 14:00-19:00
    • single € 2,00

    10 - Palazzo dell'Arengo and the Art Palaces of Rimini

    Among the many buildings that overlook the central Piazza Cavour, you absolutely must not miss Palazzo dell'Arengo, one of the historic buildings of the city, unmistakable in its apparent austere architecture, built in Romanesque-Gothic crenellated style, with a wonderful loggia from which to admire different views of the square through the arches. It is about a real gem of the city.

    Next to it is the smaller Palazzo del Podestà, of medieval origin and built in 1334. Its function was purely residential, hence the name "del Podestà". It could be defined as a miniature Palazzo dell'Arengo, with three arches at the base and a crenellated upper part.

    Recently, from September 2020, these two buildings, joined directly within each other, host the Palazzi dell'Arte of Rimini (PART), where contemporary art works are exhibited!

    Buy the single museum ticket: if you are interested in visiting this museum and also the City Museum and the Domus del Chiururgo, then we recommend the purchase of a single ticket (full € 12,00, reduced € 8,00).

    • in Piazza Cavour, in the historic center. Easily reachable on foot from the Tiberius Bridge (450 m, 6 min). Piazza Ferrari bus station (line 1) - Get directions
    • loggia always accessible / Museum PART from June to August Tue-Sun and holidays 10 am-00pm, closed Mon. From September to May Tue-Fri 19: 00-9: 30 and 13: 00-16: 00, Sat-Sun and holidays 19: 00-10: 00, Mon closed
    • free loggia / museum PART full € 8,00, reduced € 6,00

    11 - Amintore Galli Theater

    We always stay in Piazza Cavour, this time to visit the beautiful Amintore Galli Theater. Its history begins in 1841, when the architect Luigi Poletti of Modena was commissioned to create the project for the new Rimini theater. It was then inaugurated in 1857 by Giuseppe Verdi! Thanks to its large hall and important architecture, this theater quickly became one of the largest theaters in Italy!

    You will be happy to know that you can also visit the wonderful interiors through guided tours! The path you will follow accompanied by a theater guide will take you to discover the foyer, the stalls and the splendid foyer, or the entertainment halls. The complete tour lasts 45 minutes and reservations are required.

    An evening at the theater: we really advise you to book a ticket to attend a theater show. The review is very broad and includes music, dance and theater performances. You can consult the complete calendar on the official website.

    • in Piazza Cavour, in the historic center. Easily reachable on foot from the Tiberius Bridge (450 m, 6 min). Piazza Ferrari bus station (line 1) - Get directions
    • guided tours organized on weekends, reservations required. Consult the official website
    • single € 5,00, up to 7 years free

    12 - Marina di Rimini and beaches

    If you think of Rimini mint immediately flies to the sea and to fun! If you are visiting this destination in the summer, it is impossible not to spend a few relaxing hours in Marina di Rimini and its beautiful beaches!

    Marina di Rimini is all the part that develops along the coast, very lively and popular in summer, quieter in winter, when the nightlife moves mainly in the historic center. Here you will find numerous bathing establishments, to choose from according to your needs: there are some more lively, with music and bars for the youngest, others more peaceful with all the services for those traveling with the family. Moreover, there are stretches of free beach and paid stretches, equipped with umbrellas and deck chairs. Don't forget to also enjoy a nice sunset walk in the Porto area!

    Marina di Rimini is located east of the historic center, just 3 km away, on the long coastal stretch. The whole area is served by several bus lines, if you are staying in the historic center, the bus line 18 connects the train station to the beaches - Get directions

    The perfect stay in the summer: if you visit Rimini in the summer, this is definitely the area to stay! Marina Centro is the busiest area, especially in the evening, due to all the nightclubs, so if you are traveling with your family we advise you to opt for areas a little more distant.

    13 - Italy in Miniature

    If you are traveling with children, you absolutely cannot miss the Italia in Miniatura theme park, one of the best known attractions of Rimini! It is a true "wonderland", with all the main attractions of Italy reconstructed in miniature.

    So you can walk along the path and pass in a second from the Rialto Bridge in Venice to the Colosseum in Rome, passing by the Tower of Pisa and arriving at the Greek Theater in Syracuse. A journey among 273 miniatures representing all the symbols of our beautiful country. There is also a smaller section dedicated to Europe in Miniature and several fun areas designed for the little ones, such as the trunks on the water, the interactive driving school, the Cinema7D and the AreAvventura.

    • in Via Popilia 239, outside the historic center. Reachable by car via Via Ennio Coletti and SS16 (6 km, 12 min). By public transport, bus line 8 "Italia in Miniatura" (circular line) from the Rimini or Viserba railway station to the park (€ 1,30) - Get directions
    • very variable, in the summer generally 10: 30-18: 00. Consult the official website
    • full € 23,00, reduced € 18,00

    14 - Mirabilandia

    Impossible to stay in Rimini without spending a day at the wonderful Mirabilandia amusement park, the amusement park of the Riviera Romagnola, one of the most famous in Italy! Not only attractions and entertainment, the park also hosts Mirabilandia Beach, an area with swimming pools, water slides of all kinds and many water games, ideal for hot summer days.

    Back to the amusement park area, here attractions can basically be divided into three categories: quiet, ideal especially for the little ones; moderate, like rides for the older ones, and extreme, or roller coasters and all the more adrenaline-pumping rides! In short, there really is something for everyone! Also, there are six different thematic areas: Ducati World, Far West Valley, Bimbopoli, Dinoland, Route 66 and Adventureland. There is no shortage of shows of all kinds, themed restaurants and many services.

    Avoid weekends: Especially in the summer months the park is very crowded and there could be long queues at the individual attractions.

    • along the SS16, locality Savio, province of Ravenna. 40 km from Rimini, by car via SS16 (40 min, on-site parking, average cost € 5,00). By public transport, you must first arrive in Ravenna, then from there direct line 176 or dedicated Shuttle bus - Get directions
    • from April to November from 10:00. Closing times vary according to season and day, consult the official website
    • for one day and an online park from € 29,90, at the ticket office of the entire park from € 35,90, reduced from € 31,90. Different packages available, consult the official website

    Other attractions to visit

    Strolling through the streets of the historic center you can come across the remains of the Roman Amphitheater (free) or the facade of the Ex Convent of San Francesco (free), as well as come across small hidden jewels such as the Chiesa dei Paolotti (free) and the Chiesa Di S. Bernardino (free) . Finally, enjoy a tour of the covered market in Rimini, a real paradise for gourmets, full of fresh and local products!

    If you love green areas we suggest you take a walk in the Alcide Cervi Park or the Fabbri Park surrounding the Arch of Augustus, or in the XXV Aprile Park near the Tiberius Bridge. If you are traveling with children, don't miss the Fiabilandia Amusement Park (€ 24,00, children € 17,00), designed for the little ones with slides and water games.

    Finally, if the time available allows it, we advise you to visit the wonderful villages of the hinterland. Among the most beautiful you can find San Leo, Sant'Arcangelo di Romagna, Montegridolfo and Saludecio. Surrounded by greenery and with wonderful castles to visit, these villages are located at most one hour's drive from Rimini.

    8 things to do in Rimini

    1. Discovery of Fellini's places: follow an itinerary to discover Borgo San Giuliano, Piazza Cavour, the Fulgor Cinema and the Grand Hotel on the seafront, and then conclude with a visit to the Federico Fellini Foundation
    2. Relax at the Riminiterme: enjoy an afternoon, or a day, of relaxation at the Terme di Rimini, a large thermal complex opened in 1873 and directly overlooking the sea
    3. Take a ride on the Ferris wheel: on the seafront there is the large Ferris wheel of Rimini, clearly visible even from a distance! In the evening it is fully illuminated and by taking a tour you can admire the whole city from above
    4. Pure fun at BoaBay: directly on the sea, it is a real floating water park. Open in July and August, here you can jump on inflatables and dive directly into the water, a paradise for young and old
    5. Live the nightlife: Especially in summer, Rimini and other places on the Riviera such as Milano Marittima and Riccione come alive. Among the most famous discos in the area we mention Baia Imperiale, Carnaby, Velvet, Altromondo and Coconuts.
    6. Attend the Kite Festival: on April 9th ​​and 10th the wonderful Kite Festival is held in Rimini on the beaches from Office 15 to 25. Various workshops and workshops are also organized, ideal to participate with the little ones
    7. Shopping at Le Befane Shopping Center: this huge mall is a shopper's paradise! Over 100 shops with the best known brands, but not only, here you will find numerous restaurants and even a theater
    8. Excursion to San Marino: given the proximity, if you have time available, take a trip to San Marino. Between spectacular views, ancient towers and good food, this is the perfect day trip

    Plan your stay in Rimini: flights and hotels

    Rimini is easily accessible by car, train or bus. For those arriving by plane, the most convenient airport is Bologna (124 km away, flights from € 79,00). The city is frequented especially in the summer, with a consequent increase in prices, but it is also worth a visit in mid-seasons!

    For accommodation, choose between the historic center and the marina (accommodation from € 45,00 per night). The Movida is concentrated in the areas of the Marina in summer, and in the historic center in winter, especially near the Vecchia Pescheria! Staying in the center, you can easily move on foot, to reach the beach area there are several buses available.

    If you are traveling with children, there are so many activities to do with them: in addition to the sea, you can go to Fiabilandia and Mirabilandia, run in city parks and visit Italy in Miniature! Finally, if you travel low cost, the prices in the summer soar! Better to opt for a period like May and June or September. We recommend buying a single ticket for the museums, and many characteristic areas of the city can be easily visited for free!

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