Rimini Introduction Walking Tour, Rimini

Rimini Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Rimini

Sitting on the Adriatic coast of Italy in Emilia-Romagna region, the ancient town of Rimini – originally known as Ariminum – has been around for centuries, dating back as far as the times of Julius Caesar. Following WWII, Rimini's rich historic heritage was on the verge of disappearing as most of the city lay in ruins. Luckily, many of its ancient monuments have been restored to the delight of today's tourists who come to Rimini each year in great numbers. Follow this orientation walk to explore the most notable historic sights in the heart of Rimini.
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Rimini Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Rimini Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Rimini (See other walking tours in Rimini)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: Dara
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Arco di Augusto (Arch of Augustus)
  • Corso d'Augusto (Augustus Street)
  • Piazza Tre Martiri (Three Martyrs Square)
  • Tempio Malatestiano (Malatestiano Temple)
  • Castel Sismondo (Sismondo Castle)
  • Vecchia Pescheria (Old Fish Market)
  • Piazza Cavour (Cavour Square)
  • PART - Palazzi dell'Arte Rimini (Palaces of Art Rimini)
  • Domus del Chirurgo (House of the Surgeon)
  • Museo della Città (City Museum)
  • Ponte di Tiberio (Tiberius Bridge)
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Arco di Augusto (Arch of Augustus)

1) Arco di Augusto (Arch of Augustus) (must see)

The Augustus Arch is the oldest archway in Roman history that is preserved to the present day. It was built in 27 B.C. to honor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus at the intersection of two main roads of the Roman empire – Via Flaminia and Via Emilia. The medallions on the arch depict four divinities: Jupiter, Apollo, Minerva and Neptune. Once arch served as the main entrance into the city, with defensive walls outgoing from its sides. Originally there was a statue of Augustus standing at the top of the arch. It was taken down and in the 10th century replaced with the battlement that is still present today. The Augustus Arch is one of the main symbols of the city of Rimini.
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Corso d'Augusto (Augustus Street)

2) Corso d'Augusto (Augustus Street)

Corso d'Augusto is one of Rimini’s main streets and it is located at the crossroad of Decumano and Cardo Massimi, near the center of the city. You will find several shops and boutiques here and this is one of the popular shopping areas in town. You can pick up branded clothing, pottery and other crafts at several of these shops. Popular brands that can be easily spotted in Corso d’Augusto are Gucci, Prada, Armani and Dolce and Gabbana.
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Piazza Tre Martiri (Three Martyrs Square)

3) Piazza Tre Martiri (Three Martyrs Square) (must see)

Piazza Tre Martiri has been the site of major cultural and political events in Rimini since ancient times. Since the year 268 B.C. the square served as a forum, the center of Ariminum's commercial and political life. It is considered to be the place where Julius Caesar addressed his soldiers with the words "alea jacta est” ("the die is cast") after crossing the river Rubicon. A marble plinth and the statue of Caesar at a side of the square commemorate this historical event. The square has changed its name many times during history. Its present name honors the heroic death of three partisans which were executed here during World War II. The modern, recently renovated square is a center of many cultural events and simply a place to observe Rimini's city life.
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Tempio Malatestiano (Malatestiano Temple)

4) Tempio Malatestiano (Malatestiano Temple) (must see)

The Tempio Malatestiano is the cathedral church of Rimini. Officially named for St. Francis, it takes the popular name from Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, who commissioned its reconstruction by the famous Renaissance theorist and architect Leon Battista Alberti around 1450.

San Francesco was originally a thirteenth-century Gothic church belonging to the Franciscans. The original church had a rectangular plan, without side chapels, with a single nave ending with three apses. The central one was probably frescoed by Giotto, to whom is also attributed the crucifix now housed in the second right chapel. Of Alberti's project, the dome that appears in Matteo's foundation medal of 1450— similar to that of the Pantheon of Rome and intended to be among the largest in Italy— was never built.

Also the upper part of the façade, which was supposed to include a gable end, was never finished, though it had risen to a considerable height by the winter of 1454, as Malatesta's fortunes declined steeply after his excommunication in 1460 and the structure remained as we see it, with its unexecuted east end, at his death in 1466. The two blind arcades at the side of the entrance arch were to house the sarcophagi of Sigismondo Pandolfo and Isotta, which instead are now in the interior.

Works for the renovation of the nave began some five years before those of the exterior shell that encases the church. Marble for the work was taken from the Roman ruins in Sant'Apollinare in Classe and in Fano.

***Fellini used to enter the cathedral “when nobody else was around and the marble seats were fresh; tombs, bishops and medieval knights patrolled, protective and sinister, in the shadow” (Ritorno a La Mia Rimini, Federico Fellini, Guaraldi Editore).

In Via IV November, nearly in front of the Tempio, is FeBo, the art atelier that Fellini opened with painter Demons Bonini (the name comes from the first letters of their surnames). Here, a young Fellini drew his first sketches and sold his first portraits. ***PH***
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
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Castel Sismondo (Sismondo Castle)

5) Castel Sismondo (Sismondo Castle)

Castel Sismondo is a castle in Rimini. Of the original construction, begun by the lord of Rimini Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta on March 20, 1437, only the central nucleus remain. According to the contemporary chronicles, Malatesta himself designed it. The works lasted some 15 years.

In origin the castle-palace was provided with a large moat, with a rivelin at the main entrance, sporting the heraldic symbols of the House of Malatesta. The walls were thought to be thick enough to bear the struck from the new artillery pieces appearing in Europe in that period. Although originally positioned externally from the city, it has no towers facing that side: all towers are in fact oriented towards city. These towers are square, and once housed a bronze cannon each. The central part of the castled was the residence of the prince, with rooms decorated with tapestries, curtains and frescoes.

Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta died here in 1468. In 1821 the castle was turned into barracks for the local Carabinieri. Five years later, the external walls were demolished and the moat filled. After a period of decadence, the edifice is now used as seat of exhibitions.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
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Vecchia Pescheria (Old Fish Market)

6) Vecchia Pescheria (Old Fish Market)

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.
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Piazza Cavour (Cavour Square)

7) Piazza Cavour (Cavour Square) (must see)

Piazza Cavour has been the political and economic center of the city since the beginning of the 13th century, when it acquired importance with the construction of the Arengo palace.

In the 16th century the square took the name of "piazza del Comune" or "della fontana" and underwent important changes: the old town hall was enlarged and joined to the new Palazzo Garampi, in a single large monumental complex, while the block of S. Silvestro, which closed the square towards the Corso d'Augusto, was completely demolished. Between 1615 and 1620 the public granary was built on the western side of the square, also known as the "building of abundance" or the "Forni", replaced in the mid- nineteenth century by the municipal theater.

The three municipal buildings overlook the square (Palazzo Garampi, Palazzo dell'Arengo and Palazzo del Podestà ), the Amintore Galli Theater and the Pescheria; in the center stand the Fontana della Pigna and the monument to Paul V.

The monument to Paul V, placed in the center of the square since 1614, was built by Sebastiano Sebastiani based on a design by Nicolò Cordieri as an act of gratitude by the city to Pope Paul V Borghese. In the Napoleonic era, the figure of the pontiff was transformed into that of San Gaudenzo, patron saint of the city, fearing that the monument could be demolished by the French and the statue cast to obtain weapons and cannons; in 1938 it was restored to its original forms. The bronze statue, placed on a high marble base, depicts the pontiff sitting on a throne decorated with reliefs and decorative elements, with the keys in his left hand and the right one raised in the sign of blessing.

***Fellini talked several times about Cavour square and he often used it as a set. He was able to recreate the whole square at Cinecittà (Rome movie studios).

In Piazza Cavour, the very heart of the city, is the so-called Fontana Della Pigna (lit. the Fountain of the pine cone), named after the pine cone on top of the Carrara marble structure dating back to the half of the 16th century.

This fountain, reconstructed in Cinecittà for the shooting of Amarcord, is the place on which the great peacock flew after the fun scene of the snowball fight which also involved Gradisca.***
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
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PART - Palazzi dell'Arte Rimini (Palaces of Art Rimini)

8) PART - Palazzi dell'Arte Rimini (Palaces of Art Rimini)

The PART - Palazzi dell'Arte Rimini were inaugurated on 24 September 2020 in the historic Arengo and Podestà Palaces. The link between Rimini and the newly restored, historical buildings of Arengo and Podestà, today Palazzi dell’Arte, and Palazzo Garampi, the headquarters of the Municipality and the Mayor’s Office, is more than merely symbolic. The PART clearly highlights the centrality of culture and art, of civic life and of the sense of community which now drives and guides the city’s policymaking.

This challenge arose in response to an unprecedented agreement between public and private institutions, one which led to the municipal chambers of the 13th-century Palazzo dell’Arengo and the 14th-century Palazzo del Podestà – now restored and rearranged in the light of a museographical project that respects and enhances their architectural characteristics – to house the Collection of the Fondazione San Patrignano.

The agreement between the Municipality of Rimini and the Foundation has thus endowed the city with a new museum, designed to provide citizens and visitors with the chance to approach contemporary art, as well as the means to enhance the donations of artworks received. The collection, begun in 2017 and continuously expanding, has been put together in support of the Community by Italian and international artists, collectors and gallerists.

The installation of the works, together with the restoration and functional adaptation of the buildings, was carried out by Studio Ar.Ch.It, led by Luca Cipelletti.

The project seconds and relishes the eclecticism and variety of the Collection, turning it into one of its strengths. It proposes an extremely free use of the contents of the museum, not bound by an itinerary of historical-critical relationships between the works. These are the protagonists of the PART, of the relationship with the medieval spaces of the Palazzos that showcase them and of the interplay with visitors. The lighting aspect, designed to enhance both the Collection and the display spaces, was entrusted to the architect and light designer Alberto Pasetti Bombardella.

***PH***
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Domus del Chirurgo (House of the Surgeon)

9) Domus del Chirurgo (House of the Surgeon)

Domus del Chirurgo is an archeological site in the center of Rimini located in Piazza Ferrari, just a few steps from the City Museum. This house of a Roman surgeon dating back to the second century AD was discovered in 1989 and opened to the public in 2007. The excavations revealed an area of 700 square meters with great historical value. The world's oldest surgical instruments were found here in this miniature Pompei. The ruins also feature interesting frescoes and floor mosaics, along with ancient walls, fountains and building structures.
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Museo della Città (City Museum)

10) Museo della Città (City Museum)

The Rimini City Museum was founded in 1990 and has its headquarters in the eighteenth-century building that used to serve as a Jesuit college and a hospital. The museum currently consists of over 40 rooms with thematic exhibitions. On the ground floor you can visit the Archeological Section, dedicated to Imperial Rimini. Walk up the historic eighteenth century staircase and enter the gallery that displays works of art and artifacts that follow a chronological path from the eleventh to the twentieth century. Here you can see masterpieces of the fourteenth century Rimini School along with Renaissance frescoes and paintings by local artists. Downstairs you can also see an exhibition dedicated to Rene Gruau, a well-known figure in the history of fashion design.
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Ponte di Tiberio (Tiberius Bridge)

11) Ponte di Tiberio (Tiberius Bridge) (must see)

The Tiberius Bridge was built over 2000 years ago and has survived numerous wars and bomb attacks. Even today scientists do not know the secrets of its ingenious structure. The construction of the bridge began during the reign of Augustus, and ended during the reign of Tiberius in the year 21 AD. Throughout the history of wars in Italy there have been numerous attempts to destroy the bridge, but all have failed. During World War II German troops placed explosives under the bridge but they did not work for some unknown reason. According to the local legend, the bridge is indestructible.

Walking Tours in Rimini, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Rimini

Create Your Own Walk in Rimini

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rimini is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Federico Fellini Trail

Federico Fellini Trail

Rimini is famous as the hometown of the world-famous film director Federico Fellini. This is the city where he was born and where he died, the city that inspired him and whose images Fellini used frequently in his movies. Take this tour and feel the atmosphere of Rimini that enchanted the great film director.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles