Rimini beach – Photo © T. Mosconi
A blue line of sea and 15 kilometers of beach from Torre Pedrera to Miramare – this is the visiting card of the 10 districts of the Municipality of Rimini that overlook the coast.
Seven kilometers north of Rimini city center lies Torre Pedrera that welcomes visitors with two kilometers of sandy beach, characteristic reefs and great hospitality, guaranteed by the tourist committee CT (tel. 0541.720290) that is ever ready to organize festivals and events.
A local market is held every Sunday along the road that skirts the railway line.
The district immediately to the south is Viserbella (events are organized almost every evening by the CT tel. 0541.734504), famous for its rich water table whose springs began to draw holidaymakers here as early as the start of last century.
Worth visiting is the exhibition on equipment linked to the world of fishing and on Mediterranean shells (Rimini, Via Minguzzi, for information and visits on request tel. 0541.721060).
Viserba (the home of Italy in Miniature theme park) is famous for the sand sculpture competition that has been held on the beach here every summer for more than 50 years (CT tel. 0541.738656). Two kilometers north of the city center is Rivabella (CT tel. 0541.26977), the ideal destination for all those who wish to take the diuretic waters that rise from the same vein as the Sacramora spring.
Between the Rimini port and the Marecchia River deviator is San Giuliano Mare (CT tel. 0541.730165) that is mainly famous for its fish restaurants and also nowadays, for its innovative beach organization. Bellariva is famed for its fish ‘grills’ and Sangiovese red wine festivals (CT tel. 0541.382748). Further south is Marebello (CT tel. 0541.376354) and this is where a lovely cycle path starts to wind its way along the coast, passing beside the beach huts. Rivazzurra (CT tel. 0541.372229) is a must for children because Fiabiliandia, the Riviera’s very own ‘Disneyland’, is situated here. The Rimini district that lies furthest south is Miramare (CT tel. 0541.373435) where on the free beach holidaymakers will find Riminiterme thermal spa and, close by, a funfair and go-kart track.
The first bathing establishment was built in 1843. Since then, Rimini has been the principal summer resort on the Adriatic Coast and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Italy.
Rimini is also a city of notable historical interest.
In 390 B.C., Rimini was occupied by the Senone Gauls who established a workshop to coin their own currency.
In 295 B.C. the Romans arrived and founded a real colony in 286. Ariminum thus acquired strategic importance.
Rimini became a crucial junction for communications; a starting point for the Flaminian Way leading to Rome (220 B.C.), the Aemilian Way toward Piacenza (197 B.C.) and the Popilian Way toward Aquileia (132 B.C.).
Caesar passed through Rimini after crossing the Rubicon (50 B.C.). After him the Emperor Augustus (9 B.C.) also came this way and had the bridge over the River Marecchia built. The same bridge was later completed by Tiberius, who gave it its name. It was, in fact, to honor Augustus that the people of Rimini erected the famous arch, doorway to the city.
After the barbarian invasions Rimini enjoyed a golden age in the 13th century when it became an independent municipality. New constructions such as Palazzo dell’Arengo (1204), Palazzo del Podesta’ (1330) and new city walls were added to the city.
An important school of painting developed, due in part to the presence of Giotto.
In 1295 the Malatesta name appeared and belonged to a family that was not only concerned with warfare but was also a patron of art. They beautified the city with works like: the Malatesta Temple, the principle example of Renaissance architecture, and Sismondo Castle.
Courtesy of Rimini Tourist Office