Even the name is romantic. Rimini. It rolls off the tongue in a most Italian way.
The seaside town Rimini, Italy demands more than a day trip. But, if you’re on a whirlwind tour of Europe and you find yourself near Rimini, here are the things you can (and should) do in a day.
At the center of all villages, towns and cities in Italy is the Duomo, the house of God. Rimini is no different– although this Duomo wasn’t built with God in mind.
The Tempio Malatestiano was never completed. A simple exterior recalls Roman architecture and the interior decorations reference Rimini history and the nobleman that funded the project, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta.
Malatesta funded the church and had it built as a personal mausoleum and monument to his lover, Isotta degli Atti. Isotta became Malatesta’s third wife, and the Tempio Malatestiano still stands today as a testament of his love and complete disregard for what church’s are meant for.
Arch of Augustus
Across Italy are Roman arches that are devoted to Caesar Augustus. Once such arch is in Rimini. The arch is from 27 BC and it is the oldest arch of its kind still intact.
Fiabilandia is a children’s theme park, the main draw of which is simply seeing a classic theme park in Italy. There are themed areas, including Medieval, Eastern, Peter Pan and the Wild West and simple rides like a log flume and scenic rides.
Fiabilandia is a reminder that Rimini was a vacation spot for Italians before it attracted an international scene. The park is cheesy and old but a fun way to experience mainstream Italian culture.
The Main Piazzas
No, not pizza. Piazza is the Italian word for square and there are two main piazza’s in Rimini.
Piazza Tre Martiti, Martyr’s Square, is named after three martyrs that were hung in the square. Piazza Tre Martiti is the original center of Rimini and is the larger of the two squares.
In many ways though, Piazza Cavour is the center of Rimini. Rimini’s politics and commerce are based out of the square. A fountain dating back to Roman times sits off the square as does the grand entrance to the old fish market. Piazza Cavour is the place to go for evening aperitivis and to people-watch.
The main draw of Rimini is its long beautiful beaches. The beaches draw out locals looking for relief from summer heat. Rimini has managed to hold onto a small local feel even as its coastline grows in popularity with international crowds.
Italians enjoy a good club and Rimini boasts nightlife right on the coast. Nightclubs in most Italian towns are located near the city center, but Rimini’s nightlife is right on the beach.