Rimini Mini Guide
Rimini says it’s one of the most famous seaside resorts in Europe and it probably has a right to that title. Its 15km sandy beach began the craze for seaside holidays in Italy in 1843 when the first bathing facilities were provided. Since then many other facilities to accommodate the tourist have sprung up and the city now boasts over a thousand hotels plus many excellent bars and restaurants.
History of Rimini
The city was founded by the Romans in 268BC. It was an important communications centre between the north and the south of the empire. In the 6th century it was captured by the Goths and began a slow decline that was hastened by famines, floods, earthquakes, marauding armies and pirates. From the ruins emerged a fishing port which then developed into the renowned holiday resort in the mid to late 19th century. Its most impressive hotel, The Grand, opened at the turn of the century.
Travelling to Rimini
Rimini is easily accessed by air. The airport is only 7km away and the biggest carrier is Ryanair. Many people also consider Forli airport
55kms away if fares are cheaper. The city is also close to major motorway links, West to East and North to South.
What to see in Rimini
There are lots of reminders of the ancient importance of Rimini in the Augustus Arch in the city. Nearly 10m long and 10m wide it is a stunning example of Roman commemorative architecture. Also from that period is the very attractive Tiberius Bridge whilst the Domus of the Surgeon is a museum setting out the development of the city over two millennia. The old town is picturesque and worth a trip but few tourists make it here.
What to do in Rimini
The main activity for people visiting Rimini is to enjoy the beautiful beach but there’s much more to the city. Rimini Fair, held annually, is a big event with dancing, processions and many stalls selling local food and drink. If you tire of a day on the beach then many boat trips are available from the old fishing port that will take you out to enjoy a view of the city from the sea on the gentle waters of the Adriatic.
Shopping in Rimini
Rimini and the surrounding area are a shopper’s paradise. Rimini has a number of markets selling quality local crafts and produce. They also have a number of excellent shopping malls with fashion high on the agenda. For those with a limited budget, head out of the city on the way to San Marino and you’ll find factory outlet stores for the main Italian fashion designers. If you make it all the way to San Marino, you’ll find that it’s a tax free shopping zone.
Eating out in Rimini
Rimini is famed for its fish restaurants and one of those recommended is Lo Squero. There the meals are served with the thin local bread called Piadina. If meat is more your style, try Yummy’s where the steaks are legendary. Finally for very nice food served in wonderful surroundings, try the Osteria dell’Accademia for fine Italian cooking. Rimini is also famed for its nightlife but has no nightclubs, simply bars with dance floors where all are welcomed. A popular one is the Carnaby Club.
Festivals in Rimini
Rimini celebrates the usual religious festivals celebrated in Italy including Holy Week but puts in a special effort if the festivals occur in the holiday season. Tourists are encouraged to join in the festivities.
Rimini is simply wonderful and has it all as a holiday destination. The city is packed with history and culture yet its fame rests on the length of sandy beach that turned it into the favourite holiday destination of the rich and famous in the seventies.
It has a quaint, old world charm about it which can be soaked up with a leisurely drive in your hire car. Take time to visit the Tempio Malatestiano, a huge cathedral whose construction stopped when its patron ran out of funds. The unfinished part is still obvious today!