Rimini is an Italian dynamic, open, easily accessible and technological “plug & play” city, located on the Northeastern coast facing the Adriatic sea that counts nearly 150.000 inhabitants.
It is one of the most famous European tourist locations but since the mid-1970's it has become an important congress destination. Nowadays Rimini and the Riviera host 7,000 events with over 1 million 200 hundreds participants (both national and international) per year.
It has been one of the most important city of the ancient Roman Empire and today it is a flourishing center for congresses and trade fairs as already discussed. The new and technologically advanced Palacongressi di Rimini is the largest in Italy. The new Trade Exhibition Complex, an array of steel, glass and fountains designed by famous architects, is one of the foremost in Europe.
Founded by the Romans in 268 B.C., Rimini has been the scene of many disputes in its two-thousand year history. Significant traces of the city's past remain today: the Arch of Augustus (27 B.C.), the Tiberius bridge (21 A.D.), the Roman Amphitheatre (2 A.D.), and the Malatesta Temple, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture anywhere in Italy. Today, the old town is full of charm and vitality. Not to be missed is a visit to Domus, an archaeological excavation site of a Roman Surgeon’s House, inaugurated in 2007.
SOME GOOD REASONS TO CHOOSE RIMINI
Rimini is a top quality destination that combines facilities client-oriented with the top quality tourism hospitality.
>> ACCESSIBLE: it can be easily reached from any destination, both national and international. It provides a comfortable system of 24hour buses connections and a complete system of local public transportation;
>> ACCOMMODATION CAPACITY: one of the best in Europe in terms of facilities and number of rooms and in terms of wide range of accommodation (Bed & Breakfast and Hotels) solutions offered (over 2500 rooms and more than 3,500 different solution provided);
>> HUMAN SIZE TOWN: the small size of Rimini, guarantees to manage logistics with a perfect control and in perfect security: the walking distance can prevent the dissemination of delegates .
It is very easy to reach and to get around by bike which is the perfect means of transport indeed, since good and pleasant cycle paths are available and connect every corner of the town;
>> FOOD AND WINE CULTURE: along the streets you can find many kiosks where it is difficult to resist buying and tasting the real PIADINA a typical thin Italian flatbread served filled with a variety of cheeses, cold cuts and vegetables, while the main attraction on the local menus is “pesce azzurro” (specific fish from the Adriatic Sea) and all kinds of other fish such as mackerel, red mullet, mantis prawns, sprats, etc. The local housewives and typical taverns prepare fish soup or barbecued fish cooked on the over coals.
>> TRENDS AND TRADITION: anticipating the latest fashions, Rimini has innovative and in the meanwhile traditional way of living. Close to the fashion district where to have some shopping, you’ll find another ancient and more traditional soul;
>> BORGO SAN GIULIANO is the enchanting village of fishermen and “anarchists” just a few steps away from the Bridge of Tiberius, which over recent years has become the nightlife meeting point, all year round.
Just one piece of advice: lose your way through the alleys and small squares of the town embellished by murals dedicated to Fellini, choose a bar or restaurant that look good to you, and you cannot go wrong;
You’ll find wine cellars, pubs, little restaurants, tables outside and candlelight where to enjoy a pleasant time in the area around the OLD FISH MARKET, in the heart of the historic center of town, named the Montmartre of Rimini. It’s where the local young people meet to enjoy the nightlife which enlivens its little mediaeval squares and romantic alleys. They dine under the stars in an age-old square or have a drink chatting under a white colonnade;
>> REPUBBLICA DI SAN MARINO
The Repubblica di San Marino is located few kilometers from Rimini, excellent location for cultural tours. It is the third smallest country in Europe, after Vatican City and Monaco. During the first half of the 20th century, San Marino was still mainly based on agriculture, with a little more than 10,000 inhabitants.
This figure had been reached only during the preceding century since at the end of 1700s the entire territory was inhabited by a maximum of 3,500 people.
However, starting from the 60s, San Marino profile radically changed on account of the extremely rapid increase in the population, now amounting to about 32,000 inhabitants, and because of the development of connections, both internally and with the surrounding areas, as well as of commerce, industry and services. www.visitsanmarino.com
>> ROMAN AND MEDIEVAL HYSTORY: The Bridge of Tiberius is a testament to the engineering know-how of the ancient Romans. Built 2000 years ago it has remained standing, despite the rigours of war and bombing. The secret is that its pillars rest on a single foundation.
Piazza Tre Martiri marks the position of the ancient Roman forum at the intersection of the Decumanus Maxima and the Cardo Romano. The forum was the center of civic life for the Latin-speaking citizens of Rimini. Arch of Augustus of all the surviving ancient Roman triumphal arches it is the oldest; the ruins of the Amphitheatre, the church of st. Augustine One of the pearls of the city’s historic center.
It is worth a visit to admire the frescos decorating the apse and the bell tower chapel;
>> CINEMA AND FEDERICO FELLINI: Rimini also has ties with the cinema since it is representative of Federico Fellini’s world of fantasy. Hollywood awarded this film director (born in Rimini on 20th January 1920) 5 Oscars and in his famous films, his past life in Rimini recurs again and again. Even if the Maestro is no longer in life, he died on 31st October 1993, Rimini continues to celebrate his work. La Dolce Vita (1960), 8½ (Otto e Mezzo, 1963), Amarcord(1974) just to mention a few of his masterpieces.
>> BEACH LIFE and WELLNESS: a resort town with a mild climate, on the coast and offering lots of parks and gardens; Rimini is the ideal destination for body and soul;
There are more than two hundred beach establishments, the philosophy is that life on the beach goes on day and night. It begins at dawn when people go walking along the water’s edge and finishes well into the night after dinner, barefoot on the sand. The idea is that you can do anything on the beach enjoying the time spent: yoga lessons, sandcastle competitions and piadina making. The Rimini thermal baths are housed in a building directly on the beach with large windows overlooking the sea. It was, in fact, the very first thalasso therapy center to be opened in Italy (1876) and specialized in the wellbeing of its guests.
>> NIGHT LIFE: During your stay in Rimini, after a long working day, you may relax along the seaside where there is plenty of bars, cafès and restaurants, or enjoy the city, profiting from the rich and varied offer of cultural events and facilities, such as museums and galleries, theatres, concerts halls.
Some of these places are along the promenade, others are directly on the beach where you can dine or just go after dinner for a fruit cocktail, to listen to music or to dance.