Top 10 things to do in Rimini

Arc d'Auguste

Are you drawn to the shores of Italy’s Adriatic Sea? Then you need to visit Rimini, the coastal city of a thousand faces.

The Rimini region has been inhabited for hundreds of thousands of years. So when it comes to history, Rimini is no slouch. Indeed, over the centuries, Rimini has forged a strong character as a coastal town and major trading port, passing from Etruscan to Roman occupation.

Today, it’s a pleasant, historically rich Italian city on the shores of the Adriatic Sea.

Are you ready to visit Rimini, or rather, to have a date with history?

1. Tiberius Bridge

Pont de tibère

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It is located in the center of Rimini, at the entrance to the XXV April Park. Famous throughoutItaly, it is in fact one of the country’s oldest bridges. It was built between 14 and 21 A.D., under the aegis of Emperor Augustus, and completed during the empire of Tiberius. The bridge takes its name from Tiberius.

Built from Istrian stone (limestone rock), it offers a lovely view of the city of Rimini and the Marecchia river. Despite its age, it’s still possible to cross it!

2. Borgo San Giuliano

Borgo San Giuliano

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The Ponte di Tiberio is the gateway to the Borgo San Giuliano district, a little nugget in the heart of Rimini. Like Venetian islands such as Murano, Borgo San Giuliano has preserved its authentic character over the years.

Narrow cobbled streets, unexpected squares, colorful houses, murals… You’re in for an explosion of color. Closed to traffic, this enchanted district offers a unique way to visit Rimini, and above all, to discover its nightlife.

The area has become a dynamic epicenter for nightlife: bars and restaurants open their doors to you in a relaxed atmosphere. Antipasti is yours!

3. Sismondo Castle

Château Sismondo

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A true architectural and historical gem, the Castel Sismondo (or Sismondo Castle) sits proudly in Rimini’s historic center. It dates back to the 15th century, and was commissioned by Sigismund Malatesta, a lord of Rimini whose family ruled the city for over two centuries.

Today, all that remains is the central core of the castle, which served as the lord’s palace from which he ruled the town with his iron fist. Today, it houses a market and regularly hosts the town’s cultural events.

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4. Rimini’s museums

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Rimini is also a popular cultural center. Thanks to its extremely well-preserved Roman structures, you can also discover some very interesting museums. Start, for example, with the Museum of the City of Rimini, an unforgettable account of the city’s history, torments and successes.

If you’re a fan of two-wheeled machines, don’t miss the National Motorcycle Museum, which offers a veritable history of the machine. You’ll be able to see magnificent specimens from all eras and makes.

As for the little ones, they’ll love Italia in Miniatura, a huge park offering a fun and original way to discover Italy! Feel like giants, and set off to discover this marvellous country!

5. The Panoramic Wheel

Roue de Rimini

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Take advantage of the Panoramic Wheel to visit Rimini from the air! Located on the waterfront, this huge wheel offers an impressive view of Rimini, between the Adriatic Sea and the rolling hills of the Rimini hinterland. If you get the chance, climb the Panoramic Wheel at sunset.

Rimini then lights up with a thousand orange reflections. Please note that it is only accessible in mid and high season (between March/April and September) from 10:00 a.m. to midnight.

6. Local cuisine

Manger à Rimini

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The reputation of Italian cuisine is well established. Spread throughout the world, it delights millions of people every day. Renowned for its pastas, sauces and cheeses, among other things, Italian gastronomy is one of the most appreciated in the world. It’s a great way to discover a culture. So be sure to visit Rimini through your taste buds!

Rimini also boasts a local specialty: the piadina, a sandwich made from a stuffed wafer that can be sweet or savory.

7. Sant’Agostino Church

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This magnificent Gothic building will impress you with its imposing presence. As well as being one of the city’s largest buildings, it is also home to numerous paintings and decorations, including moldings and illuminations.

They bear witness to the art practiced in Rimini in the early 14th century, when they first appeared. Admission is free every day, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

8. The Arch of Augustus

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The Arch of Augustus is a handsome structure also made of Istrian stone, built in 27 BC. Measuring just under 18 metres high and almost 15 metres long, it serves as a gateway. Decorated with numerous engravings and other antique mouldings.

Long ago, it marked the entrance to the Via Flaminia, one of the Italian roads leading to Rome. At the time, it was an integral part of the walls of ancient Rimini, before Mussolini ordered their destruction.

9. The Roman Amphitheatre

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A visit to Rimini, far from the seaside resort you may think of, is a real encounter with history. And Rimini’s Roman amphitheatre, now sadly in ruins, is no exception. In fact, it’s one of the city’s oldest monuments.

Dating back to the 2nd century, this immense amphitheatre, with its 60 gates and 120-metre width, was no match for Rome’s Colosseum. The amphitheatre had fallen victim to several invasions, but it was not until the Second World War that it was finally completed. Nevertheless, you can still admire the feat of construction by visiting some of the stands still standing.

10. The Malatesta Temple

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A true emblem of the Renaissance, this temple, considered Rimini’s cathedral, symbolizes both Italian values and history, as well as the Malatesta family. Originally a church, Sigismondo Malatesta had it transformed into a temple, which eventually became a mausoleum for his dynasty.

To carry out the transformations, the lord called on the greatest artists in vogue in the country. These included architect Leon Battista Alberti and painter Piero della Francesca. There are 8 chapels, magnificent moldings and illuminations, and an impressive nave.

What else to see in and around Rimini

  • Rimini’s parks :
    • Parc Federico Fellini, with its fountain and the Macchina Fotografica Gigante,
    • the XXV April Park near the center,
    • and last but not least, Parco GiovanniPaolo II (John Paul II Park ), with its long lines and Lake Mariotti;
  • Fiabilandia: around Lake Bernardo, have fun with all your family and friends at this small amusement park;
  • Rimini’s very long beach and its bagni, bordered by the paradisiacal Adriatic Sea;
  • Rimini Marina: with its many boats and chic, seafaring atmosphere;
  • Monte San Bartolo Nature Park: a verdant park bordering the Adriatic Sea, offering magnificent views.

How to get to Rimini

To visit Rimini, as with many places, you can choose between car, plane or train. The A14 freeway, called Adriatica, will take you from Bologna to Rimini. To reach Bologna from Lyon or Switzerland, take the sections via Turin or Milan respectively. On the other hand, if you’re coming from Nice, you’ll pass through Genoa before taking the same freeway via Piacenza.

By plane, few practical options. Rimini does have an airport, but it offers flights to and from Russia only, due to the large number of Russian tourists. By contrast, you can fly to Bologna and then rent a car. Bologna is only an hour and 20 minutes’ drive from Rimini.

Ancona-Falconara airport, 1 hour away, is also an option. To find the perfect flight, don’t hesitate to visit flight comparators such as Ulysse. You’ll find some very interesting offers that you might not think of.

Finally, you can choose to come to Rimini by train. The station is ideally located, just a few minutes’ walk from the city center and the beaches. You’ll find it easy to get to your accommodation, possibly helped by the cabs that ply the city.

Where to stay in Rimini?

Rimini is a popular tourist destination, with a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll always find something to suit you. Airbnb apartments, classic or luxury hotels, bed and breakfasts or residences, there’s something for everyone.

Whether by the beach or a little further inland, Rimini’s offer is extensive. Of course, we recommend the seaside, where you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views of the Adriatic. Ask us about the highly sought-after Miramar area. But you can also opt for the historic center or the Rivabella district, with its considerable charm.

Of course, a visit to a hotel comparator will enable you to find all the available offers at the best price, and maybe even find that rare pearl! And who knows?

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