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: 15
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: Dara
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Arco di Augusto
  • Tempio Malatestiano
  • Piazza Tre Martiri
  • Palazzo Brioli
  • Porta Montanara
  • Castel Sismondo
  • Palazzo del Podestá
  • Antica Pescheria di Piazza Cavour
  • Chiesa di Sant'Agostino e San Giovanni Evangelista
  • Corso d'Augusto
  • Cineteca Comunale in Palazzo Gambalunga
  • Museo della Città
  • Domus del Chirurgo
  • Ponte di Tiberio
  • Borgo San Giuliano
Arco di Augusto

1) Arco di Augusto (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.
Tempio Malatestiano

2) Tempio Malatestiano (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.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Piazza Tre Martiri

3) Piazza Tre Martiri (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.
Palazzo Brioli

4) 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.
Porta Montanara

5) Porta Montanara

The Montanara Gate was built in the 2nd century BC and together with Porta Romana, Porta Marina and Porta Gallica, made part of Ariminum's defensive system. Originally, the gate consisted of two archways, and during the Middle Ages it served as the main entrance in the city. It was situated at the end of an old street, Cardine Massimo, now named Via Garibaldi. During World War II the gate was partially destroyed. The half of the gate that survived the bombardment was moved near Tempio Malatestiano. In 2003 the Montanara Gate was finally restored and placed to its original location on Via Garibaldi.
Castel Sismondo

6) Castel Sismondo (must see)

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.
Palazzo del Podestá

7) 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.
Antica Pescheria di Piazza Cavour

8) 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.
Chiesa di Sant'Agostino e San Giovanni Evangelista

9) Chiesa di Sant'Agostino e San Giovanni Evangelista

Built in the mid-thirteenth century by the Hermits of St. Augustine, the Church of Sant'Agostino is one of the most important churches of the city for the art treasures it contains. The church with its Romanic-Gothic apse and bell tower was renewed on the interior in the XVIIth century. It was decorated in Baroque style with the help of painters Ferdinando Bibiena and Vittorio Bigari. Inside you can also see eight statues by Carlo Sarti and important frescoes by unknown painters attributed to Rimini's thirteenth-century school.
Corso d'Augusto

10) Corso d'Augusto (must see)

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.
Cineteca Comunale in Palazzo Gambalunga

11) Cineteca Comunale in Palazzo Gambalunga

The Gambalunga Palace is situated in the historical center of the city and is the home of the Gambalunga Civic Library. It is considered one of the most important archives in Italy. A special section of the library is dedicated to film culture. The Cinematheque has a huge multimedia gallery and video archive. Here you can find a section dedicated to Federico Fellini and his works. Another link of Fellini to this place is that the top floor of the Gambalunga Palace used to serve as a secondary school, attended by the famous film director.
Museo della Città

12) Museo della Città (must see)

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.
Domus del Chirurgo

13) Domus del Chirurgo

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.
Ponte di Tiberio

14) Ponte di Tiberio (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.
Borgo San Giuliano

15) Borgo San Giuliano (must see)

Breathe in the poetic atmosphere of Fellini's favorite part of the city: the San Giuliano district. This area of Rimini is a labyrinth of narrow streets with surprising turns and hidden places. San Giuliano used to be a rather poor village, populated by fishermen, but now it is extremely popular with artists, writers and musicians. Wander around a bit and you'll discover many fantastic mural paintings, depicting scenes from the life and movie masterpieces of the great maestro.

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.
Architectural Jewels

Architectural Jewels

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.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
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: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles