Rimini, Italy

Along the Adriatic Sea, within the Italian province of Emilia-Romagna, the city of Rimini can be found. Home to more than 140,000 residents, Rimini has been a popular tourism destination for well over 150 years. In addition, the city boasts a rich and diverse historical background, including Roman and Renaissance inhabitants in the past. While most visitors today appreciate the city for its stunning white beaches and pleasant climate, it has much more to offer those interested in the heritage of Rimini.

In 286 BC, Rimini was founded by Romans in an area that was previously inhabited by a great number of different cultures. However, the Romans claimed the land and gave it the name Ariminun, which was the name of present day Rimini for hundreds of years. Remaining under Roman control for centuries, Rimini was transformed in the middle ages. Under rule by the Ostrogoths and later Lombards, the city became a significant destination within Italy, and many merchant families flourished, building elaborate structures and homes that can be seen today. Although there was serious damage as a result of fighting during World War II, much of the city was rebuilt for tourism immediately following the end of the war.

Tiberius Bridge at Sunset, Rimini, ItalyAs a seaside resort, Rimini is perhaps best known today for the long stretch of sandy beaches located along the coastline. The beaches is roughly 6 miles in length, and visitors can walk from one end to the other easily. While this is a noted tourism destination, most of the guests are from other areas of Italy. To native residents, it is almost the secret hidden resort that other nations have yet to discover. With over 1,000 hotels within Rimini, it is clear that accommodation is plentiful for the large number of guests that visit each year.

Aside from the attractive beaches and incredible cuisine, Rimini also boasts many historical landmarks that remain standing after hundreds, and even thousands, of years. Some of the most popular attractions include the Augustus Arch, Federico Fellini Film Museum, Tempio Malatestiano, Tiberius Bridge and the Domus of the Surgeon.

During the summer months the climate is comfortable and suitable for dips in the Adriatic, but in the winter as the colder weather approaches much of the city shuts down. As it is very reliant on tourism, it can also seem like a ghost town in the cooler months. However, this is the perfect time to see the historical sites without the crowds.


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