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There is no question as to why holidays to Rimini are favoured among sand and sun seekers - the popular coastal town is full of character. From its impressive stretch of beaches, fresh seafood cuisine and rich cultural heritage, to its inviting summer temperatures and lively entertainment scene, Rimini possesses the best of everything Italy has to offer.
The jewel in the crown of the Adriatic coastline and arguably Italy’s most eminent seaside resort, Rimini is located within the Emilia Romagna region. Set back from the vigour and fast-pace of the numerous bars, restaurants and dancehalls that line the promenade, the fascinating character of Rimini is the result of a cultural heritage that dates back over 2,000 years. The Old Town boasts well-preserved architectural and historical sights, including Roman remains and a remarkable Renaissance cathedral.
Other landmarks include the majestic Ponte di Tiberio (Bridge of Tiberius) and the Piazza Cavour, which is home to Cavour Palace and the old fish market. Within close proximity to each other, both attractions add to the historical allure of this often overlooked seaside town.
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The typically Italian crowd that flock to Rimini are spoilt for choice when walking along its popular promenades. With the stunning Adriatic Sea as a backdrop, the lively excitement of a seemingly unending number of drinking, dining and dancing venues has obvious appeal. History and culture lovers will find an equally charming facet to this 2,000 year old ancient city.
By day, visitors can explore the great architectural treasure of the city - the Domus del Chirurgo (The Surgeon’s House) – which dates back to the rule of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 2AD. Excavated in 1989 and situated in the Piazza Ferrari, the site displays well preserved mosaics as well as an extraordinary 150 surgical instruments.Visitors can see the striking rose tinted spectacle of the annual La Notte Rosa (the Pink Night) which usually takes place in July, in which every crevice of the coastline reflects a pretty shade of pink.
History lovers will find plenty to do on holidays in Rimini. An array of museums dotted in and around the Old Town include Museo della Città, Castel Sismondo, aRimini Caput Viarum. Offering stunning views of the town below, the Forte di San Leo (the Fortress of San Leo) is an imposing castle museum that is situated on the border of Romagna and Marche.
With the Emilia-Romagna region itself being the base of luxury automobiles, including Lamborghini, Maserati, Ducati and Ferrari, one of the many draws of Rimini are its superb train links and well maintained roads to beautiful neighbouring towns.
Rimini is a great base from which to begin one of our multi-centre adventures. The scenic towns of towns of Modena, Parma, Ravenna and Riccione are easily accessible. A little further afield are Bologna, Tuscany and Venice; each brimming with its own cultural and historical value.
Affectionately referred to as the “breadbasket” of Italy, the wider Emilia-Romagna region is often considered to be the culinary heart of Italy. You’ll find fresh and simple dishes, rooted in ancient farm and sea tradition and preserved throughout the years. Foodie favourites including balsamic vinegar, parmigiano reggiano, prosciutto di parma, tortellini and bolognese ragú all hail from this region.
Piadina, a thin flatbread usually filled with mozzarella, rocket and parma ham, is another traditional treat from the Romagna region. Try delicious grilled seafood, particularly grigliata, which is a classic second course consisting of grilled fish with a light olive breadcrumb coating, salt and parsley.
Originally created by fish merchants to make use of what wouldn’t sell in the market, Brodetto, an Italian fish stew, is an excellent starting point for traditional regional cuisine. Rimini’s Adriatic coastline is never short of the main ingredients, which include a selection of fresh shellfish combined with a hearty tomato stew.
A traditional Christmas cake that is eaten all year round, Bustrengo is a dense cornmeal-based fruit cake, usually accompanied with sweet wine at the end of a meal. If you have room after indulging in a hearty meal, this delicious dessert can be enjoyed in restaurants and cafés up and down the coast. A small number of bakers still uphold the tradition of baking the dessert in a copper pot.