Rimini, the largest tourist seaside resort of the Adriatic Riviera, it stands between the Adriatic sea and the gentle hills of the Apennines.
The reasons for visiting it and when
Rimini, synonymous with entertainment and culture, can be visited all year round. Its art treasures consider unique masterpieces from the Roman to the Renaissance period. A place to visit by following the imposing and full of charm evidence left throughout twenty centuries of history, such as Augustus’s Arch, Tiberio’s Bridge, Sismondo’s Castle, the Temple of the Malatesta family, the Roman piazza Tre Martiri (Tre Martiri square) or the medieval piazza Cavour (Cavour square) and, to finish with the Museum of the city which keeps its past through over 1500 works of art.
Not to miss is a walk along those areas immortalized by Fellini, from the historic centre to the grand Hotel of Rimini, going by the Fellini Foundation and the sea front, all the way up to the Borgo San Giuliano, frescoed with murals that bring back to the characters and lines of the great director from Rimini.
Rimini is also the city of congresses and big events. Rimini Fair was inaugurated in 2001, today the new fair complex is considered one of the most modern ones in Europe. The opening of the new Conference Building is recent too, it’s an International level structure.
Not to miss
Obviously, the coast of Rimini and its sea. The very long coast connects the city to the nearby seaside towns, such as Torre Pedrera, Viserbella, Viserba and Miramare, places that in summer are transformed into endless, lively and dynamic centres where at all ages it’s possible to party and have fun.
Rimini never goes to sleep, here it’s possible to enjoy life both during daytime and nighttime. But entertainment is cheerful, never transgressive. In Rimini the movida kindles every night in various parts of the city, in the area of the Harbour and in Marina Centro where the trendiest clubs are, as well as along the sea front and on the beach. Even the historic centre and in particular the area of the Vecchia Pescheria (Old Fish Market) in Piazza Cavour, swarm with the so-called cantinette (small clubs), pubs and restaurants, which are the year round meeting points.
How to reach it
By car: from North, it’s possible to reach Rimini through the motorway A14 from Bologna, where the motorway del Sole A1, the A21 Torino-Piacenza and the A22 Brennero meet.
Coming from Venice the fastest way remains the main road 309 "Romea", on which the roads coming from Padova and Ferrara join. From South, in addition to motorways A1 and A14 there is also the clearway E45 that through the Apennines connects the nearby Cesena to Rome and, the Adriatic main road 16.
It’s easy to reach Rimini by train too, since it’s located along the railway line Ancona-Bologna; for those who reach Rimini by sea, it’s possible to moor at the Canal Harbour or use the services available at the New Basin.
Nearby Rimini, along the coast of Romagna, there are some of the most important seaside resorts, such as Riccione, Cattolica, Misano and Bellaria.
The city offers everybody thousands of opportunities, both in daytime and nighttime. In the daytime there are amusement parks such as Acquafan and Oltremare, where young people and families with children may spend memorable hours.
At night it’s possible to enjoy discos that are famous all over Europe. Every night, on the beach, there are numerous clubs which attract a lot of young people who are fascinated by the music and dancing on the seashore, under the stars.
In the evening hours, Viale Ceccarini, along which there are prestigious boutiques and fashionable cafés, is the privileged destination for taking walks. In the afternoon, bars get crowded with people who love the rite of having aperitifs. For those who love having active holidays, it’s impossible not to love Riccione.
On the regional boundary between Romagna and Marche, Cattolica boasts an old tradition with regard to hospitality and thanks to its numerous hotels, it’s one of the most popular destinations of the Riviera of Romagna. It’s called the Queen of the Adriatic for its elegance and distinction.
All you need to do is have a stroll along the tree-lined avenue and the squares of the city centre. From Roosevelt square, where the Town Hall stands, it’s possible to walk along this outdoor drawing-room all the way to Piazza Primo Maggio (Primo Maggio Square), which overlooks the sea.
Nearby and south from the centre there is Piazza della Repubblica (della Repubblica Square), where the Centro Culturale Polivalente (Multivalent Cultural Centre) stands, it comprises the library, the media library and the Teatro della Regina (Theatre of the Queen).
Inside the Museo della Regina (Museum of the Queen), it’s possible to discover the old seafaring tradition of Cattolica. Last but not least is the Aquarium of Cattolica, perfect for families and children.
Misano is the land of racing drivers and motor vehicles. The small city knows how to attract sports lovers, in the area it’s in fact possible to find a full network of facilities able to satisfy any interest: from football to basketball, from swimming to minigolf.
With regard to hospitality the city offers a qualified network of hotels where it’s possible to appreciate the traditional welcome that characterizes the area of Romagna. Guests, in Misano Adriatico, will find a large three-kilometre long beach that is protected by a ring of green hills.
Bellaria - Igea Marina
Is an old small fishing village that in the twentieth century has become a successful holiday seaside resort.
The seven-kilometre long beach aligned in front of the Adriatic, in the summer becomes the wide scenario for living and enjoying the sea. Hotels with modern and comfortable facilities, restaurants where it’s possible to enjoy fish from the Adriatic and products from local agriculture, facilities for practising any kind of sports, a network of bars, pubs and enternainments.
The centre of Bellaria and Igea Marina is made up by pedestrianized tree-lined avenues on which boutiques, ice-cream shops, pizzerias and night clubs overlook. They are the privileged theatre of evening walks, shopping, as well as entertainment events that the city organizes for its guests.
The hinterland: Valmarecchia
The hinterland of Rimini is characterized by two valleys, the one to the north crossed by the river Marecchia and the one to the south crossed by the river Conca. They both share the fact they are the heart of an old historic region: the Malatesta Signory, one of the most important families that have marked the history of the lands of Rimini between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
The long valley is marked by the course of the river Marecchia which starts in Tuscany from Mount Zucca and flows into Rimini. The green hills and the well tilled lands alternate with spurs of calcareous rocks, on which the Malatesta Signory have built towers and strongholds for controlling the territory.
In Valmarecchia the Malatesta Signory comprises 4 Towns:
- Santarcangelo di Romagna
- Poggio Berni
- Torriana / Montebello
Santarcangelo di Romagna
The medieval village is all tied up around its beautiful stronghold and it’s possible to reach it through the small roads which open before broad lookouts overlooking the Riviera. The hill of Santarcangelo keeps the mystery of the over 200 caves hollowed out in tuff.
The town has a typical medieval structure. It’s surrounded by walls, expands over a low hill and is dominated by the Stronghold which had been the residence of the local Lords for a long time. In fact, Verucchio lived its best glories under the Malatesta signory, who kept the bridles of the coastal territory of Rimini and Marche from that feud between the end of the twelfth century and the beginning of the fifteenth century.
This territory has been settled since ancient times and there is evidence that in 1197 it had already belonged to the Malatesta signory. Its fertile and fascinating countryside, its hills, low but yet able to offer broad panoramas, are disseminated with prominent historic buildings. The Marcosanti Palace, the antique tomb of Poggio Berni, is visible along the street that connects Santarcangelo with the historic centre and, it’s one of the Signory’s best kept small fortresses, with beautiful fourteenth-century walls.
Torriana / Montebello
There are two rocky spurs in the Marecchia Valley. The Middle Ages had put to good account such configuration by building the impregnable strongholds of Scorticata and Montebello and, the following centuries have done the rest, creating small villages, fortifications and castles.
The two small villages had different destinies: Torriana underwent architectural and institutional transformations becoming the village capital, while Montebello has kept intact.
It’s surrounded by an interesting and rich natural environment which is protected through the animal reserve institution of Torriana and Montebello and, an environmental study and research centre called Valmarecchia Naturalistic Obervatory.
The river Conca rises in the region of Marche on Mount Carpegna at about 1400 metres. It first runs through the area which belongs to the province of Pesaro, then through the Malatesta Signory’s lands marking the hills and, in the end it extends to the wide plain that reaches the beaches between Cattolica and Misano.
In the Conca Valley there are nine villages that belong to the Signory:
- San Clemente
- San Giovanni in Marignano
Among the most known:
A small town surrounded by vegetation, famous for the Onferno Caves, the only natural caves that are easy to reach and visit in the territory of Rimini, populated by over 6000 bats.
Morciano di Romagna
The area of Conca is the village of reference, thanks to the develpment it’s had in the last 150 years that has transformed it into the greatest business and service centre. With no doubt, its favourable position, at the foot of the Montefeltro hills, not far from San Marino and at the intersection of streets that lead to the coast, have played a considerable role. The board arranged streets of the centre are an enjoyable place for a stopover and going shopping.
The beautiful urban structure of Saludecio develops along the top of a hill in a network of flanked alleys which intersect with the elegant main street. The medieval aspects of the village are caught in the minor streets that flank it, above all in the easterly side, narrow and steep, often stepped, characterized by close-knit and modest housing and, passed over by picturesque vaults.
Another particular characteristic which marks out Saludecio from other Malatesta Signory villages, is the presence of murals that are scattered throughout the small village. These pictorial works are carried out every summer during the Ottocento Festival (Nineteenth-century Festival). On this occasion, the famous Murals of the Small Village which adorn the walls of the houses, are painted under the visitors’ eyes.