Rimini Historic Center

Who told you that people come to Rimini only in the summer to go to the beach? It must be someone who has never visited Rimini.

Here is a very concise overview of what is the Historic Centre of the town of Rimini.

How to get to historic Rimini

Keep a day free, have a nice breakfast at the Hotel Amicizia, and then head for the historic centre of Rimini, which is just under 2 km from the sea.

This is the route we recommend you take in daylight:

  • Leave the hotel, reacg the promenade and turn left
  • Continue to the second square, Piazzale Kennedy.
  • turn left, now you are a car park, walk through it , at the end begins the Parco Renzi Maria Elisabetta. Go straight on.
  • At the end of the park you will find a bridge. Walk over the main road and you will be at the beginning of  Alcide Cervi Park. When you are on the bridge on your right you can see the remains of the Roman amphitheatre.
  • Go through the whole park and on the right, you will see the Arch of Augustus. The arch is one of the gates to the historic centre of Rimini.

Rimini historic centre – What to visit

Here a short summary :

Arco d’Augusto

It dates back to Roman times when the city of Rimini was still called Ariminum.

This is where the Via Flaminia ends. From the Arch begins the Augustus Avenue which ends at the Tiberius Bridge.

Ponte di Tiberio 

This also dates to Roman times. It is also known as the Devil’s Bridge.

After 2000 years the bridge is still perfectly preserved and functional.

Anfiteatro romano

Unfortunately, part of it has been lost; only one half is still visible.

L’anfiteatro rimane sulla via Roma.

Domus del chirurgo

Also known as the Surgeon’s House, this also dates back to Roman times and was the home of a surgeon of the time. You can find it in Piazza Ferrari.

Castel Sismondo

Built around 1450 it was the residence of the lord Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta.

Nowadays the whole area around the fortress has been completely renovated and in the evening,  the lighting on it is real a masterpiece.

Tempio Malatestiano

Also known as the Cathedral of Rimini or the Church of Santa Colomba.

It was completely renovated by Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta. Artists such as Leon Battista Alberti, Agostino di Duccio, Piero della Francesca and Matteo de’ Pasti participated.

The peculiarity of the temple is that the outer marble covers an old, pre-existing church.

This can be clearly seen by looking at the top, above the entrance door you can see a piece of the old church.

Piazza Tre Martiri

In Roman times this was the forum of the city of Rimini. Here you can see the statue of Julius Caesar and some Roman remains.

Piazza Cavour, the palaces, the theatre, the fish market and the fountain

The square is not so big, it is smaller than piazza Tre Martiri. You can see the Fontana della Pigna (which is one of the symbols of the town of Rimini), the statue of Pope Paul V, Palazzo Garampi (the current seat of the Municipality), Palazzo dell’Arengo and Palazzo del Podestà.

At the end of the square you can see the wonderful Galli Theatre, recently renovated.

As you can see, in just a few lines I have shown you the historical part of the city of Rimini. Don’t you want to visit Rimini and its historic centre?

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