Rimini

Rimini is a resort town in Emilia-Romagna, on Italy's east coast.

Understand

There has been a settlement at Rimini since prehistoric times. Founded by the Romans in 268 B.C., Rimini boasts a 2,000-year history that has left important marks testifying to its grandeur. To the Romans, Ariminum was a link between the "Italic" and the "Gallic" lands, a stronghold on the Adriatic and a gateway to the Po valley. Three major roads converged here - Via Flaminia, Via Aemilia and Via Popilia.

Rimini today is a thriving, bustling resort on the Italian Riviera that boasts "over a thousand hotels". It is one of the least pretentious towns in Italy, and has a well-deserved reputation for.

This is a place where the Italians (and Russians!) go for their sea and sun, and therefore the food is excellent as well as the people being friendly and helpful. You won't find many tour buses filled with Americans or English here! This also means, however, that few speak anything but Italian (or Russian), so be sure to take your phrase book with you. The locals will work with you and are always happy to see a foreigner at least trying to communicate in their language.

Get in

By plane

As a renowned resort area, Rimini has its own airport. Rimini International Airport (IATA: RMI) Buses run the 7 km from the airport to the railway station in the centre of the town.

By train

There is a train line that runs up and down the coast from Rimini, to Ravenna and Bologna in the north and Ancona in the south, via any number of smaller resort towns.

The train station itself does not have any luggage deposit facilities, but you can drop by the Tourist Information next to the station and ask if they still have space for you to deposit your belongings for a fee (€3 per item as of May 2013).

By car

The A14, a six-lane motorway known as the autostrada del mare runs away to the north. The SS 72 heads inland towards San Marino. The SS16 heads in from the North and Ravenna.

Get around

Most hotels are within walking distance of the beach and the centre, but if you want to take a trip along the coast or inland, buses run regularly from the train station and are frequent and cheap.

See

Rimini museum open: Tuesday to Friday - 16:00 to 19:00, Saturday to Sunday - 10:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 19:00 Rimini museum admission: free

Do

Lounge on the 15km of beaches. Known as La Marina, the beachfront is by far the number one reason anybody comes to Rimini. Visiting the beach, swimming, etc., is free, but the major part of the beach, except for a narrow and over-crowded strip closest to the sea is occupied by sunchair-for-rent services. The beach is relatively busy, with loudspeakers shouting out commercials and vendors walking around, constantly offering their services.

Yes, there is an old town, but this is generally ignored by most tourists despite its major historical and cultural value, with valuable monuments dating back to Roman and medieval era.

Over winter, the marina side becomes a ghost town with a lot of shops shutting until the warm season starts up again, but the city centre is open all year round offering cultural events, good restaurants and great shopping opportunities, especially during sales period (jan-feb).

The new Rimini Fair host several important congress and fairs with a busy autumn-winter-spring schedule Rimini Fiera.

In late 2009 the new congress center will open very near the center of the city.

Remember to take a dip in the Adriatic. The bay is warm and inviting and home to many interesting and friendly mammals.

Buy

Downtown are the best fashion boutiques, where is it possible to find the best Italian designer brands (Gucci, Prada, Armani, D&G, ...). In early 2006 the first and one of the biggest (in Romagna) shopping malls, called "Le Befane", opened. It's so big that it changed the landscape of the west side of the city. For typically tourist stuff, the beachfront has small souvenir shops. If you enjoy scandalising the family or even your home country's postal service, don't miss some of the more risqué postcards on sale at any one of a number of the little shops on the seafront.

Eat

In Rimini you can find several good places to eat. Since the city is on the seashore it is suggested to have a fish-based dish. Some of the best restaurant are: Lo Squero, Il Lurido, Da Guido, Marinelli. Usually with every dish you will get the famous "Piadina", a thin and very tasty sort of bread.

At the beach in the San Guiliano a Mare area, there are restaurants on the beach where one typically dines Al Fresco in warm weather. Although one might be wary of such establishments, the food is excellent and inexpensive. A typical dinner might cost only €5-€6 for the meal alone. Sometimes they offer a multi-plate dinner (good for 2 or even 3 persons) for €18 that includes a 1/4 litre of wine. There are also excellent restaurants just off the main streets.

Nice and friendly atmosphere with young and multilingual staff. € 10 - 20.

Near Rimini, at the Montegridolfo Castle

Drink

The whole town is geared towards tourists, so the night life is very good and there are bars everywhere. Once the sun goes down, the streets of Rimini come alive with lights, colour and noise as the sunbathers of the day become the revellers of the evening. There are however no "real" clubs in Rimini; only bars with dance floors. For real clubbing you have to go to Riccione, the next town over, which is about a 15 minute drive away. There is however one club called Carnaby's which is on the outskirts of Rimini and it has a free shuttle bus; the club is also within walking distance.

Sleep

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