Rimini has been dedicated to tourism since 1830 primarily due to being
one of Europe's largest and safest beach resorts when at that
time 'sea-bathing' was fast becoming a popular activity
in the Italian Riviera.
Rimini was founded
by the Romans in 268AD and prospered as a Malatesta fiefdom from
the 13th century onwards. (Sigismondo Malatesta 1417-1468 was the
evil ruler of Rimini) Apart from the seafront and tree-lined promenades,
there is a bustling coastal strip and a quiet historic centre.
Set at the landward end of Porto Canale is Borgo
di San Giuliano which is full of unique cottages and medieval alleyways.
The best preserved Roman bridge built in the first century AD, Ponte
Tiberio, can be found here. Corso d'Augusto will lead you
to the centre and Piazza Cavour which is surrounded by old palaces,
an 18th century arcaded fish market and the 14th century Palazzo
del Podestà. The Tempio Malatestiano is the city's
most celebrated Renaissance monument. Its interior houses the Malatesta
tomb as well as works of art by Giotto, Piero della Francesco and
The Grand Hotel is one of the few along the coast
that can rival the grandest on the French Riviera. In summer a shuttle
bus connects all the Rimini nightclubs, while the Treno Azzurro
ferries clubbers between Rimini and Cattolica. The beaches, which
stretch for almost 15 kilometers, are clean and well-groomed, and
the sea is regularly monitored for pollution. Facilities on the
beach include beach volley-ball, a wind surfing school, paddle boats
and the Rovazzurra theme park.