The city of Rimini, Italy is one that offers a varied scale of excitement to all who visit. If your interests lie in historical sights or basking in the glory of the Adriatic coastline, Rimini has it all for those who want to explore at length.
1. Arch of Augustus
The Arch of Augustus stands tall at the end of Rimini’s main road, the Corso di Augusto. It dates back to 27 B.C. when it was built as part of the Via Flaminia, which were defensive walls that surrounded the city. It is the oldest of arch-like structures from the Roman era to still exist intact. When the wall was taken down in the 1930s, the arch remained as a captivating sight for tourists with a distinctive open gateway with no doors meant as a sign of peace.
Arch of Augustus
Address: Corso d'Augusto, 47921 Rimini RN, Italy
2. Museo della Citta
The Museo della Citta or the City Museum is where Rimini houses a rich part of its history. The building is a former Jesuit monastery, and the exhibits are arranged and displayed in a chronological order that shows off history from the eyes of the nation and from Rimini itself. One major exhibit that can be found here is the “Surgeon’s house,” a Roman villa that was discovered down the road from where the museum is in 1989 along with all of the medical instruments of the time. There is also an extensive array of other artifacts like ancient coins and bronze items to be seen.
Address: Via Luigi Tonini 1, 47921
Website: City Museum
3. The Wheel of Rimini
Situated on the waterfront, the Wheel of Rimini has grown to become a way to take in the scenic vista of the city and the ocean beyond. The giant Ferris wheel was built in 2009, complete with self-enclosed booths at the end of a marina. After paying a fee, those riding the Wheel will be taken up to the top and for a few seconds, the attraction pauses in order for those to get prime snapshots of the entire area. Be advised that the operators do tend to close down at times to perform maintenance and repairs.
The Wheel Of Rimini
Address: Largo Ruggero Boscovich 1 | Via Destra del Porto, 47921, Rimini, Italy
Website: The Wheel Of Rimini (in Italian)
4. Ponte di Tiberio
Not too far from the Corso di Augusto lies the Ariminus River and the Ponte di Tiberio aka the Tiberius Bridge. It began under the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus, but was completed during the reign of Tiberius and then named in his honor somewhere around 21 A.D. Bearing original inscriptions from back then, the Ponte di Tiberio has remained largely untouched throughout the years.
Ponte di Tiberio
Address: Ponte di Tiberio, 47921 Rimini RN, Italy
5. Rimini beaches
You can’t visit Rimini without taking some time to soak up the sun at its beaches. The most popular beach is northeast of the old town of Rimini, and it consists of sparkling white sand that is dotted by rows of beach chairs bestowed with large beach umbrellas of all the incandescent colors you can imagine. It’s a sight that obviously inspired one of its most famous natives, Federico Fellini the film director. If you prefer somewhere a bit less packed, there are also nearby stretches of beach at Rivabella. Each of these are fringed with welcoming hotels, villas, and cafes.
Address: Viale Regina Margherita 62/A, 47924 Rivazzurra, Rimini, Italy
Website: Rimini Beaches
6. Museo Nazionale del Motociclo
Italians do have a love affair with speed, and that’s reflected highly in the Museo Nazionale del Motociclo. This museum is dedicated to the motorcycle and its place in Italian culture, located a short distance from the airport. Inside, there are close to 200 rare and restored motorbikes in the museum from various points in history. You’ve got Ducati, Harley Davidson, Honda, and many more here along with vintage photos and clippings, especially of the Misano circuit track event of the MotoGP nearby that has been going on since 1972.
Museo Nazionale del Motociclo
Address: Via Casalecchio, 58/N, 47924 Rimini RN, Italy
7. The Tempio Malatestiano
The Tempio Malatestiano is arguably Rimini’s most popular attraction. Referred to as the Church of San Francisco until the 19th century, the Tempio Malatestiano occupies a position of reverence and to some, controversy. This lies in the changing of the name, which some have speculated was a pagan-influenced homage to the ruler of Remini at the time of the church’s construction, Sigismondo Panfdolfo Malatesta. Visitors will find a structure that is wonderfully preserved, with all of the elements that made this one of the earliest religious buildings to have classical architecture pre-eminent in its façade. Located five minutes from the train station, those who venture inside will be struck by the ornate marble work and the frescoes upon the walls. One thing to note for potential guests — it is probably better to avoid coming here during Sunday services because one wouldn’t be able to see the entirety of the church at that time as opposed to other times.
The Tempio Maletestiano
Address: Via Quattro Novembre 35, 47921, Rimini, Italy
Website: The Tempio Maletestiano
8. Italy in Miniature
A sight that’s great for all big and small in Remini is the Italy in Miniature amusement park. The park is nestled in the center of town and easily accessible to all. Once inside, visitors are greeted with a vast amount of dioramas built to miniature scale that capture a number of sights to be seen around Italy from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the vigorous Mount Etna in Sicily. There is a train that will allow guests to traverse the entire park and check out all of the exhibits. And if a change of pace is needed, Italy In Miniature also has some rides (one of which mimics taking a gondola in Venice) and an interactive science park.
Italy In Miniature
Address: Via Popilia 239 | Viserba di Rimini - R I M I N I, 47922, Rimini, Italy
Website: Italy In Miniature
For those who want to explore a town steeped in sunshine and riveting energy, no matter the pace, Rimini presents itself as a place like no other. All of the charms of Italy that one can expect to find in a traditional sense are here in its historical sights, and a sense of adventure also lives here. Rimini is indeed a bright spot for travelers looking for a different Italian experience.
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