Backpacking on the Adriatic Riviera
Situated on the Adriatic Riviera in the east of
Italy, the lively town of Rimini is renowned for its beaches and
nightlife. Although it can be quiet during the cold months, when
summer arrives this resort buzzes with all the charm and crowds
of the European seaside.
A favourite spot with Italian holidaymakers, Rimini
is a bit off the typical backpacking trail in Europe and so, away
from the more touristy destinations, offers a very different view
of the country and its culture.
Hostels in Rimini
In addition to the hundreds of hotels, there are
a handful of great hostels
in Rimini catering to backpackers and budget travellers exploring
the Adriatic coast. The hostels reflect the resort’s party
atmosphere and lively vibe, with many offering bars, discos and
happy hours on the premises.
The only problem can be finding accommodation
during the high season – the popularity of Rimini means backpackers
are advised to book their beds in advance!
Rimini is lined with 15 kilometres of stunning
beach stretching out along Italy’s eastern coastline. Known
as La Marina, the long stretch of sand is busy throughout both day
and night, and after dark, the crowds of sunbathers hit the bars
lining the seafront.
The beach also has a fashionable restaurant scene
with some top al fresco spots for people-watching. Many of these
eateries aren’t exactly cheap, however, although there are
also a number of cheap pizza bars along the seafront which make
a great budget alternative.
The Old Town
Whilst the crowds flock to Rimini for the beautiful
coastline, there is actually more to the resort than the beach.
The picturesque Old Town of stone buildings, ramparts and wide piazzas
has a history dating back to the Roman Empire.
Numerous significant Roman monuments still stand
in the Old Town, including the Augustus Arch and the ruins of an
amphitheatre just off Via Roma.
The Piazza Carvour is also an intriguing attraction
with its impressive historic architecture, 16th century fountain
and old fish market. The latter sells more than just produce, and
is well worth exploring for a few bargains.
Rimini’s most famous sight, however, is
the recently restored Tempio Malatestiano. Along with the beautiful
frescoes and artwork decorating the inside, the cathedral is notable
for its slightly odd history which features scandals with mistresses,
incest and looting!
Rimini has a reputation throughout Italy as one
of the nation’s top places to party. Considering it’s
in competition with such vibrant cities as Rome
and Milan, this gives some indication
of just how lively the resort can be!
The majority of venues are located to the south
of the centre and concentrated along the seafront, where lively
cafés and bars are packed shoulder to shoulder. Even though
there are plenty of teeming bars with DJs and lots of dancing, there
are few actual clubs in this part of the town.
As in much of Italy, the big dance clubs
are outside the town centre. Rimini, however, boasts a nightly (10.30pm-6am)
bus service out to these areas (called the Blue Line) which means
that all the great nightlife is accessible, even for travellers
without a car. The bus starts at Piazzale Kennedy and runs from
Bellariva to Cattolica or out to Covignano, with nightly passes
costing just a few Euros.