It is an open, hospitable and people-friendly city, with extensive sea-beach side and an old heart.Riminiís history begins from the beach; from prehistorical times, the road to civilisation passed through the main evolutionary stages, taking Rimini to the forefront of the Roman era. In 1797, Rimini along with the rest of Romagna was influenced by the passage of the Jacobean troops and became part of the Cisalpine Republic. An idea of what the city was like in the nineteenth century is provided by the palaces built along Corso díAugusto and in particular by the theatre, which was designed by Luigi Poletti and succeeded in translating into Neoclassical form the ambitions of the ruling classes.
However, the biggest revolutionary element for
the city was the foundation in 1843 of the first
bathing establishment and the Kursaal,
constructed to host sumptuous social events, became the symbol of tourist Rimini. In just a few years, the marina
underwent considerable building work making Rimini 'the city of small villas'. At the beginning of the twentieth
century, The Grand Hotel, the cityís first important accommodation facility, was built near
the coast and soon became the emblem of a new kind of tourism.
Rimini to see
The ancient streets and squares such as Corso díAugusto, Via Gambalunga, Piazza Cavour, Piazza Tre Martiri and Piazza Ferrari are pedestrian zones and some parts, like the 'old fish market square', are a popular meeting place for young people in particular. Important ethnographical, art and photographic exhibitions are held throughout the year in historic palaces such as Palazzo Arengo, in the Municipal Museum, in the Dinz Rialto Museum of Extra-European Cultures and within the ancient walls of Castel Sismondo.
Riminiís pride and tradition draw lifeblood from its boroughs Borgo San Giuliano, Borgo SantíAndrea, Borgo San Giovanni and Borgo Marina (the latter sat on the right of the port but was destroyed during the last world war).
The MARINA (Fellini Park), situated just next to the Grand Hotel, is the very heart of seaside Rimini. . donít lose to visit The Municipal Museum which houses numerous exhibits of local historical-artistic heritage, the Gambalunga Library houses more than 1,300 manuscripts from all over Europe including illuminated pieces dating from the Malatesta era and with more than 60,000 volumes, the old collection of printed work is rich and varied. The Arengo and Podestà Palaces which dates from 1204, The church of San Giovanni Evangelista known as SantíAgostino church, The Arch of Augustus, The Malatesta Temple, Castel Sismondo or Malatesta Fortress.
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