Architectural Jewels, Rimini

Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), Rimini

An ideal way to explore the history of a city is by gazing at its amazing architecture. Rimini is no exception. The palaces and administrative buildings of Rimini are closely tied to every major event that has happened in the city since ancient times. Take this tour to admire the architectural heritage of Rimini.
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Architectural Jewels Map

Guide Name: Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: Italy » Rimini (See other walking tours in Rimini)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Author: Dara
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Palazzo dell'Arengo
  • Palazzo del Podestá
  • Teatro Amintore Galli
  • Antica Pescheria di Piazza Cavour
  • Palazzo Lettimi
  • Palazzo Brioli
  • Palazzo Buonadrata
Palazzo dell'Arengo

1) Palazzo dell'Arengo

Palazzo dell'Arengo is a beautiful thirteenth-century Gothic palace in Piazza Cavour. Built according to the plans of Madio Carbonesi of Bologna, together with the neighboring Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo Garampi it serves as the headquarters of the city council. For a long time, the severe facade of this building used to be the symbol of free and democratic governance. The palace has been renovated several times: 1562, 1672 and 1919.
Palazzo del Podestá

2) Palazzo del Podestá

The Palazzo del Podestá palace was built in 1334 and served as residence of the Podesta – the chief administrator of Rimini. The building was restored and changed many times throughout its long history. In the beginning of the 20th century, the Palazzo del Podesta together with Piazza Cavour was rebuilt by the renowned architect Gaspare Rastrelli. The austerity of the palace is expressed by three Gothic arches in its facade. In the Middle Ages a rope used to hang from the middle arch as it was the place where criminals were executed. Today the ground floor of the building hosts an art gallery where frequent exhibitions are organized.
Teatro Amintore Galli

3) Teatro Amintore Galli

The construction of the Municipal Theatre of Rimini began in 1843 and the opening ceremony began with Giuseppe Verdi's opera “Aroldo” in 1857. The theatre is named in honor of Italian composer Amintore Galli, who ran the theatre in 1864 and 1865. The architectural project that belonged to Luigi Poletti was revolutionary for its time. He proposed a variant of an Italian theatre with a monumental and classical character that was inspired by the magnificence and solemnity of Roman temples. The theatre was severely damaged during World War II. It is currently closed for restoration.
Antica Pescheria di Piazza Cavour

4) Antica Pescheria di Piazza Cavour (must see)

La Pescheria Vecchia, or the old fish market, is located between two houses in Piazza Cavour, opposite the Palazzo dell'Arengo. This construction of three rows of arches have remained almost completely intact since its construction in 1747. The design of this unique place belongs to Francesco Buonamici. The old fish market has always been the center of the city's life and commerce. Today exhibitions and antique sales are usually held here. On the two rows of marble counters you can buy all sorts of souvenirs made by local craftsmen.
Palazzo Lettimi

5) Palazzo Lettimi

The Lettimi Palace was built in the early sixteenth century on the command of Carlo Maschi, a noble member of the government, and after his death was inherited by the Marcheselli family. In the 18th century this four-story palace passed to the Lettimi family, and was later donated to the Commune of Rimini. During World War II the beautiful building was destroyed and now all that remains are ruins and a passage that leads to the hidden Giardino degli Aromi garden. The rich decorations of the exhibition floor of the palace featured paintings by Marco Marchetti that depicted the heroic deeds of Scipio Africanus during the Second Punic War. Some of this paintings were preserved and can be seen an the City Museum of Rimini.
Palazzo Brioli

6) Palazzo Brioli (must see)

Located on the eastern side of the historic Piazza Tre Martiri, the Brioli Palace framing the clock tower (Torre dell'Orologio) was built in the 1547. The building was renovated in 1753 by architect Francesco Buonamici. In the middle of the 18th century the palace featured a science observatory. An interesting feature of the tower is the clock that shows days, months and zodiac signs. This astrological calendar appeared with the help of Domenico Carini in 1750. The palace was well-known among aristocrats and celebrities and this place housed names like Verdi, Prince Umberto di Savoia and Cardinal Bonaparte.
Palazzo Buonadrata

7) Palazzo Buonadrata

The historical Buondrata Palace dates from the late 17th century as the main residence of the Buonadrata family. The building was partially destroyed during the earthquake in 1786 and rebuilt by architect Giuseppe Achilli. Among the celebrities that stayed at the palace there were the queen of Naples, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Giuseppe Garibaldi. The facade of the building, the central staircase and the ballroom remained completely intact as they appeared centuries ago. Nowadays the palace is the headquarters of Cassa di Risparmio Foundation.

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