Rimini – a travel guide

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When history makes hospitality a legend

Years have passed since that 30th July 1843, when the ‘Stabilimento Privilegiato dei Bagni’ was inaugurated in Rimini, signalling the beginning of Italian and international history of seaside tourism. More than 170 years later, this beach, which is the most famous in Europe, is still one of the destinations most beloved and desired by both Italian and foreign tourists alike.

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To talk of Rimini means considering a destination which boasts 1200 hotels with 39 thousand rooms, 230 bathing facilities along 15 km of coastline, 40,000 beach umbrellas, 370 restaurants and pizza parlours, a new dock with 700 moorings, an exhibition centre with a 110 m² exhibition space (the third largest in Italy), a new ultra-modern convention centre (the largest in Italy) and an international airport.

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One of 1.200 hotels: The hotel El Cid Campeador in Torre Pedrera di Rimini.

With regards to services, Rimini beach is truly unique in the world: beach umbrellas and sun loungers, changing rooms and showers, bars and restaurants, Jacuzzis and libraries on the beach, supervised bathing and beach sports of every kind: an organisation which is unparalleled in Italy and which is especially enjoyed by families with children.

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In addition (and what an addition!) the historic legacy: the Roman ruins – the Bridge of Tiberius, the Arch of Augustus, the amphitheatre, the beautiful and unique Roman ‘Domus del chirurgo’, and the Malatesta Temple designed by Leon Battista Alberti, a symbol of the Renaissance, with the frescoes and paintings by Giotto and Piero della Francesca, and not forgetting the Malatesta Castle.

Rimini is not a self-indulgent location; it is a tourism capital with a rich offer that makes it a complex kaleidoscope. A city that now not only offers the famous ‘postcard beach’ but also an extensive range of services and proposals in the sectors of entertainment, exhibition and congress tourism, culture, wine and food and well-being. In short, Rimini is a complex tourism system which, over the last few years, has focused on seasonal adjustment and today is full all life with no interruption, twelve months a year for 24 hours a day.

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Should it be possible to find imitators, they would always miss the secret ingredient. An ingredient which is as intangible as air and equally as indispensable: the extraordinary welcoming capacity and friendliness of the Rimini people, whether tourism professionals or ordinary people. Rimini does not propose offers which are only a sum of services, a product or a tourism package; it proposes a life style, a ‘climate’ which can only be found here, it focuses on the contents, on its evocative capacity, ultimately offering an authentic experience of the places, also with the help of the people who live here every day and who can be depicted in a simple but effective image: a smile.

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Much more than a bathing resort

Rimini has always been a laboratory of new holiday trends and it is equipped to meet every kind of needs, even the most particular. This impressive system is based on 15 kilometers of seashore, about 1,000 hotels (Rimini has the highest number in Italy of employees per inhabitant in the field of hospitality), 250 bathing establishments supervised by 110 lifeguards rescue in 90 sighting towers to ensure the maximum of safety at sea.

More than 500little and great events take place in the capital of holidays every summer, a four months long party, that aims to create excitement and entertainment in a comfortable environment, rich in humanity, with thousands of opportunities and services, based on the traditional local culture of hospitality.

For more than two centuries – from the first foreign tourist’s dip into the sea – Rimini, the capital of holidays, has been welcoming visitors and making them feel well. A strong identity and 200 years of history make Rimini a mythic resort in the world. It is possible to travel through time starting in 1843 – the official birthday of the first bathing establishment built by will of the counts Baldini and doctor Tintori – passing by the typical Rimini of the belle époque with beautiful villas in Liberty style.

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Just with a simple click on www.balnea.net you can surf in the history of tourism among curiosities, tools from the past time, fashion trends, songs and traditions. But above of all you can find the images of Rimini, such as the refined illustrations of advertising from the early 20th century to nowadays, which have spread the fame of Rimini Riviera and the pleasures of the sea all over the world. A “red thread” that, the Municipality of Rimini has renewed in the year 2000, starting a project that aims to continue the tradition of Rimini’s beach images, choosing year after year, famous artists who have been able to paint Rimini from different artistic points of view.

Artists and illustrators such as René Gruau, Gianluigi Toccafondo, Milo Manara, Lorenzo Cherubini (known as Jovanotti), Luca Giovagnoli, Pablo Echaurren, Marco Morosini, Alessandro Bergonzoni, Francesca Ghermani, the spray writer Eron, Francesco Bocchini and Marco Neri (who has signed the 2013 image of Rimini here on the side) have put their signatures on the new posters of Rimini, following the traditional graphics of the twentieth century including artists such as Marcello Dudovich, Alberto Bianchi and Adolfo Busi.

Rimini – identity card

Everyone knows about Rimini: the most famous holiday resort in Italy. Most of its popularity is based on the 250 bathing establishments, the 15 km of beaches, over 1,000 hotels (from the Grand Hotel to the small family hotels), the theme parks, the thousands opportunities of entertainment all year around. But Rimini is also the scenery for many of Fellini’s films and the ancient Ariminum, is also a city of art with over 22 centuries of history.

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A tour in the historic centre

Do not miss the oldest part of the town, the area around the old fishmarket, Vecchia Pescheria, with narrow streets and small venues to taste an aperitif. It is beautiful to stroll around in the old Rimini where cars are banned. Every five minutes you stop because you come across a Roman monument or a Renaissance castle.

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The discovery of the old town can start from Piazza Ferrari with a visit to a little Pompeii: the archaeological site called the Surgeon’s House, with its mosaics and one of the richest surgical and pharmaceutical equipment of the ancient time now kept in the nearby City Museum. Here, even who doesn’t know about art history, will be able to discover the beauty of the works by Giovanni Bellini and Ghirlandaio or of seventeenth-century paintings by Cagnacci and Guercino.

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In order to know Rimini from the beginning, that means Rimini in Roman times (even though the city was founded long time before), we start from the Arch of Augustus, the oldest Roman arch survived. It stands in a strategic position (marking the end of the Via Flaminia) and was commissioned by Emperor Augustus in 27 B.C.

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Piazza Cavour

Ten minutes’ walk from there you find the beautiful central squares: Tre Martiri and Cavour and just at a few meters of distance there are two jewels of the Renaissance Rimini. The former is the Malatesta Temple (1449), created by Leon Battista Alberti. It should have been the grand mausoleum of Sigismondo Malatesta and his young lover, later his wife. A dream which was never realized because of Sigismondo’s downfall. But the Malatesta Temple is an important treasure of art with works by Giotto and Piero della Francesca . The latter renaissance building is a fortress, Castel Sismondo, symbol of the Malatesta’s power in Rimini. Renovated with care, it is a location for important exhibitions. The walk ends at the Bridge of Tiberius, one of the greatest survived Roman bridges, begun under Emperor Augustus in 14 B.C. and completed under Tiberius in 21 A.D. It is extraordinary for the architectural design of the structures and the construction techniques.

Piazza Tre Martiri

Domus del chirurgo, a little Pompei

Since December 2007 the Surgeon’s House has been open to the public: a little Pompeii that came to light in the historic centre of Rimini. In the late 80’s, during some works in the Ferrari Square, an archaeological site of exceptional importance was found, with evidences from the Roman period to the Middle ages. In the area, behind the walls of Ariminum and not far from the port, the Surgeon’s house was situated; it is so-called because of the profession of the owner, a doctor of Greek culture. The domus was destroyed by a fire in the middle of the III century, but the remains – such as rubble, mosaics, plaster, furniture and furnishings – have given a “snapshot” of life in the antique Rimini. It was in this place that a unique set of surgical and pharmaceutical equipment was discovered, the richest in the world of the ancient times.

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After 2000 years it is now possible to visit this extraordinary discovery situated under a crystal glass covering that was built in order to safeguard the storage. The visit to the excavations is integrated with that of the archaeological section in the nearby City Museum (via Tonini 1), where the tools found in the site, are on show together with the reconstruction of the medical taberna which help to discover the professional and private life of the surgeon.

It is possible to visit the Surgeon’s House in the opening time of the City Museum with a cumulative ticket. The archaeological site (Piazza Ferrari) an d the City Museum (via Tonini 1) have the following opening time:

Winter time (from 1st September to 31st May):

from Tuesday to Saturday 8,30 am – 1 pm 4 pm – 7 pm

Sundays and holidays 10 am – 12.30 pm 3 pm – 7 pm

Closed on Mondays

Summer time (from 1st June to 31st August):

from Tuesday to Saturday 2 pm – 11 pm

Sundays and holidays

5 pm – 11 pm

Tuesdays and Thurdays also 10am – 12.30pm

Closed on Mondays

On request, guided tours for groups, max 25 people, are organized to visit the archaeological site and the City Museum. Reservation is required at the City Museum tel. 0541/21482 – e-mail:musei@comune.rimini.it at least 2 days before.

A tour among curious museums

Parco Tematico dell’Aviazione

An unusual tour of culture and leisure, in unique locations with suggestive items exposed. Lovers of aviation and aircrafts will enjoy in the theme park: Parco Tematico dell’Aviazione (www.museoaviazione.com) with an overview of aircrafts that have characterized the most significant moments of the post-war period. Among the more than forty airplanes in exhibition there is one owned by Clark Gable on board of which important persons such as Marilyn Monroe, John and Ted Kennedy, Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan have had a flight.

National Motorcycle Museum

From the wings to the wheels, we arrive to the characteristic National Motorcycle Museum (www.museomotociclo.it). Here approximately 200 motorcycles are on show, according to the models and the time, in order to tell the story of the motorcycle. The tour starts with the pioneers and the first motorcycle, the French Werner, and carries on with the Italian Frere and Stucchi passing by the MotoGuzzi and the sidecar. The foreign protagonists in the museum are the British motorbikes Norton, Sunbeam, Rudge and Scott, the American Harley Davidson, Indian and the fabulous 4 cylinder Henderson. Here you can also find the important sports brands Aermacchi, Bimota, Linto, Yamaha and Honda. Do not miss the fabulous scooters Vespa and Lambretta and other rare models such as Ducati, Cruiser and Piatti. Furthermore, a well stocked library with over 10.000 original books and magazines from different times is available on request.

Museo della Piccola Pesca  e delle Conchiglie

A museum dedicated to shells has a suitable location in Rimini. In the Museo della Piccola Pesca  e delle Conchiglie (www.escaion.it)  you can find tools and equipment of small fishing and a collection of 8.000 Mediterranean shells. On show typical tools used by sailors and artisans in their daily work, as for example tools used by the shipwright master, the “menacul”, the equipment for the fishing of clams by hands near the shore and the “marotta”, which looks like a boat and where eels were housed to gain weight before selling them at Christmas.

The Gruau Space

In the heart of the historic center of Rimini, inside the City Museum, you can visit a special area dedicated to creativity and to twentieth century illustration, the Gruau Space. On the ground floor of the museum you can admire the graphic production of Renato Zavagli known as René Gruau, an artist born in Rimini in 1909, who early moved to France where he worked, for more than seventy years, in the field of illustration in fashion. Lithographs, drawings, posters, paintings, fashion magazines, advertising pages, postcards, brochures, ceramic plates, books, slides and video documents his vast artistic production.

Museo degli Sguardi

Continuing the tour up to Covignano hill you’ll reach the Museo degli Sguardi– the Ethnographic Collections (www.museicomunalirimini.it) – which houses artefacts collected in different continents by several travellers and collectors. The museum aims to give visitors different points of views and of interpretation in order to make them reflect and observe the works of art, which belonged to foreign peoples, according to their customs and peculiarities which are at the basis of their differences. The exhibition of the Museo degli Sguardi is followed by the anthropologist Marc Augéand it is considered one of the major Italian museums entirely dedicated to the ethnological and archaeological heritage of Africa, Oceania and pre-Columbian America, and it hosts one of the most important collections in Europe.

Balnea Museum

From real to virtual museums – just have a click on www.blanea.net to discover the history of tourism, the web site created by Ferruccio Farina. Farina is one of the most important experts in history of tourism, and he leads the visitor to explore the evolution of man’s relationship with sea bathing and the beaches in order to stimulate curiosity and reflection on seaside tourism, which involves each year more than fifty million people in the world.

Balnea Museum collects more than three thousand miniatures, paintings, photographs, posters, period graphic works and documents, concerning thedevelopment of culture and bathing tradition, exhibited in one hundred and twenty virtual rooms organized in ten galleries.

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Fellini and his Rimini

Most films by Federico Fellini are built on memories from Rimini during his youth. The Maestro had always maintained strong ties with his hometown, so much that he asked to rest here forever. And just at the entrance to Rimini cemetery there is the tomb with the sculpture that Arnaldo Pomodoro made for him and Giulietta Masina – the prow of a boat that evokes the legendary Rex in the film “Amarcord”.

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Murales in Borgo San Giuliano

“Rimini is a dimension of my memory,” Fellini wrote. Those, who hope to feel the spirit of the great director, and the creative energy of his memories, must follow the trail of those memories in anitinerary through the city. Fellini’s films are nourished by his memories of Rimini.

Amarcord introduced to the whole world (from the United States to Japan) the places and people of the director’s childhood: Saraghina, Gradisca, Pataca, the crazy uncle, Volpina, Ronald Coleman, Titta, don Balosa, the woman who ran the tobacco shop, the vitelloni [deadbeats], but also the Fulgor Cinema, the Grand Hotel, the town square, the café, the harbour (the pier, or palata: winter hangout of the “Vitelloni” and arena for the reckless antics of “Scureza”, the motorcyclist in Amarcord ), the beach and the sea (where the wondrous ocean liner, the Rex , appeared).

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The Grand Hotel

At the beginning of via Gambalunga is Cavour square which, along with Tre Martiri square, served as model for the town square in Amarcord . It is well known that Fellini built the sets for his film elsewhere from Rimini.

The Fulgor Cinema , for example, where the hopes and dreams of the people of Rimini met, was set first in Fellini’s Rome and then in Amarcord . The real Fulgor is on the Corso d’Augusto, a few yards from the Piazza Cavour, in a neoclassical building with a beautiful liberty-style façade. Today, the building is being restored, therefore it is partly covered by artistic panels by Eron, the great spray art creator from Rimini. The restoration works will lead to the new Fellini Museum and the house of cinema. The project of the new Museum has been entrusted to the Oscar-winning set designer Dante Ferretti and it will also host the Film Library of Rimini and a room for projection.

A few steps from Fulgor is the old San Giuliano village (called “borgh” in Rimini dialect), where small houses look out on narrow alleys and tiny squares. It is an almost invisible corner of the city, quiet and muffled, with murals of his most famous movies that tell the story of Fellini and his film career. A tour through the charming alleys and squares of the “borgh” leads to Amarcord’s Rex and to characters from La voce della luna [The Voice of the Moon], La Strada and 8 ½ or to the wall of nicknames.

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Leaving San Giuliano, you get to Marina Centro where there is a large square dedicated to Fellini and next to it the fabulous Grand Hotel (with Fellini Suite). It is “the place” par excellence in Fellini’s imagination, and he used to say that: “The Grand Hotel was a fantasy world of wealth, luxury and oriental splendour…on summer evenings it could become Istanbul, Baghdad or Hollywood. On its terraces, sheltered by thick curtains of plants, there may have been Ziegfeld-style parties. You could see the bare backs of women that seemed to be made of gold, held by masculine arms in white dinner jackets – a fragrant breeze carried faint strains of syncopated music so smooth that it took your breath away. It was the music of American films…”

The City Museum keeps “Il libro dei sogni”, the “dream diary” by Fellini. It contains drawings, illustrated and commented by Federico Fellini himself. It is one of the most unusual works, if not the most important, left by the director. It is a diary kept from the late sixties until 1990, when Federico Fellini illustrated his night dreams and nightmares in drawings, or in his own definition “ungrammatical hasty notes”. As a matter of fact, these extraordinary 400 pages contain themes and ideas of his films, people he met and personalities or events in Italy in the twentieth century.

Rimini – events and more

Over the last fifty years, Rimini has shown that it knows how to ride the wave of change, intelligently intercepting and exploiting the winds of growth. As is well known, renewing a tourism product is not only the result of choices made on ‘hardware’, the physical element, but also on ‘software’, the intangible element: the emotions, the mark left in the collective imagination and the desires which cannot be satisfied in everyday life.

Rimini has been working for some time on its hardware (from the futuristic convention centre which is the largest in Italy inaugurated a year ago, to the exhibition centre – the third important in Italy – with an exhibition surface area of 110,000 m², the modern dock with 700 moorings, the international airport and the projects indicated by the ‘Strategic Masterplan’ which provide for the redevelopment of the waterfront and the whole city by looking at the good examples of urban development in Northern Europeancountries), but Rimini also needs to dream, to feed its imagination, to create a ‘climate’.

Legend and truth are the basis on which Rimini wants to create a ‘climate’, construct a context, a splendour which can become a tourism offer, catalysing the attention on the city. Rimini is betting on itself by focusing on its innate ability to be a leader and a trendsetter.

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Because of the content and ‘body’ of the major events in Rimini, they have become real showcases which make themselves heard and declare that Rimini is there and is a confirmed trendsetter, the leader in Italy and Europe for decades. Among these events, the Molo Street Parade stands out, the music parade which united 50 internationally renowned DJs and 50 fishermen for the first time, attracting an ‘ocean’ of over 100,000 people to the Rimini port, along with the world’s longest New Year’s Eve, the ‘Notte Rosa’ (the new year’s eve of Italian summer), Rimini Street Food and Matrioska, the first concept lab store on the street. Furthermore, the city can be experienced from dawn to sunset, like last summer, when the many initiatives of the ‘Le Spiagge del Benessere’ (dedicated to wellness and well-being) arrived for the first time, with thepossibility of going through the various ‘chiringuiti’ bars on the beach at sunset.

There are resorts that have built a splendour thanks to the emotion induced by the rise and fall of the sun and which now have become a tourism offer: widespread well-being, hospitality, wellness, spas, renaturalisation, restaurants, all in one ‘long’ day in which the sea setting makes the difference compared to the meeting places of other big cities.

Making the ideal backdrop to this new Rimini postcard is the largest travelling Ferris Wheel in Europe which, for the whole of summer, is a striking silhouette against the city skyline.

From the prestigious ‘Sagra Musicale Malatestiana’ (one of the oldest and most prestigious symphonic music festivals in Italy) to the Molo Street Parade, from the classical music festival ‘Percuotere la mente’ to the ‘Notte Rosa’: the hemisphere of the so-called ‘high’ culture and the supposed ‘low’ culture meet in Rimini, crossing over and combining with each other. The major events and the cultural proposals mix with the popular traits of our identity.

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Calendar of main events

May

Rimini Fiera (Expo Centre), Via Emila 155

Rimini Wellness: Energy world & Thermalia

The main event dedicated to fitness and well being returns to Rimini for a show like no other. RiminiWellness will rely on its uniqueness to welcome the worlds of fitness, wellbeing and energy of the body. Once again, the event will be four days of an unrivalled experience in one of the largest trade fairs dedicated to the sector. In conjunction with Thermalia – The Thermal Tourism Show.

Info: www.riminiwellness.com

April – September

Rimini, Piazzale Boscovich

The Big Ferris Wheel

The legendary Ferris wheel returns to Rimini, just a stone’s throw away from the sea. You will be able to embark on a memorable ‘journey through the air’ from which you can look over the city and the whole Riviera from the impressing height of 55 metres.

From this attraction one can admire the entire coast in total safety, thanks to its closed, see-through cabins which offer a breathtaking 360° view stretching from the Lidi Ferraresi to Gabicce, over the local countryside and the Adriatic Sea.

Info: www.ruotapanoramicarimini.it

June – August

Rimini Beach

‘Le spiagge del benessere’: well-being on the beach A special way of experiencing the seaside naturally, healthily and in harmony. During the whole summer, in twenty of Rimini seaside resorts, 50 operators will provide 1000 sessions of mind-body activities, bio-natural disciplines, oriental arts and dances, active meditation, individual and group counselling, workshops, ‘beaches of happy children’ initiatives and activities, ‘well-being sunrises’ on sailing boats for meditating while the sun is rising.

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And during the evening: rendezvous with well-being culture, bio-tasting, themed meals, magical nights of well-being, amazing visits to the inland Castles and the opportunity of witnessing the rise of the moon from a boat during the full moon.

End of June

A kilometre of quay, to the right of the port

Molo Street Parade

Fishermen and DJs get together to serve up on their ‘plates’ music & anchovies: these are the main ingredients of the big musical event in the port of Rimini. From sunset to midnight, a kilometre of the port canal will become the biggest and most stunning outdoor club in Italy.

Moored fishing boats will be transformed into big floating ‘consoles’ that carry deejays of international fame. Music broadens its horizons and overlooks the sea while the prince of the local cuisine, the oily fish, is the protagonist on shore.

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Beginning of July

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‘Notte Rosa’: the pink night

Rendezvous during the first weekend of July with the eighth edition of the Notte Rosa, the ‘New Year’s Eve’ of the Italian summer.

This is the only event in which the Rimini Riviera conveys its vocation as a hospitable and welcoming, creative and imaginative land to the great public, able to involve and surprise, as it always does, those who attend. With 110 km of celebrations, this is a weekend that offers over 300 shows to satisfy every type of demand: from the more sophisticated to the party-loving, from jazz to rock, from entertainment for children to ballroom dance, to visual arts to contemporary arts, all in great harmony as only this territory can and knows to do. The night is tinged with pink and the Riviera becomes a place of meeting and charming feelings which express the desire to be together, having fun in a way which is never predictable or boring. The ‘Notte Rosa’ is not only a rich and prestigious showcase of events, but the living proof of a Riviera that changes, of aRiviera increasingly cutting-edge in launching trends, able to give its best by making its guests feel welcome.

At midnight on the dot, the whole Riviera will be lit up as if it were daylight by the fireworks display which is one of the most eagerly awaited moments of this magical night. A unique long weekend which is unforgettable for all, where you can meet people, spend time with others and have fun.

Info: www.lanotterosa.it

Beginning of August

Rimini Beach

Riviera Beach Games

On your own, as a couple, with your family or with your friends: choose the way you prefer to watch and take part in the Beach Games Olympics that are held during the whole summer and have their key days from the 1st to the 4th of August. Lots of events are on schedule, from the classic beach games, such as beach tennis, beach volley, beach soccer and footvolley, to those more closely linked with the sea, such as regattas, pedalo races, canoe races, kayak and SUP races, not to forget beach training and Nordic walking, and of course cheecoting- the beach marbles game.

Info: www.rivierabeachgames.it

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August

Rimini Fiera (Expo Centre),

Via Emila 155

Meeting for friendship between the populations of the world Summer festival of encounters, exhibitions, music and shows. An event that is noticeably international, a crossroads of testimonies and experiences coming from different cultural backgrounds: it is a unique and lively event on the world scene and it confronts important themes during a free and open dialogue with the most interesting celebrities from the worlds of culture, politics and religion.

Info: www.meetingrimini.org

August

Rimini, Auditorium Palacongressi (Conference Centre), Via della Fiera

Sagra Musicale Malatestiana: a festival of symphonic music

It is the longest standing and most prestigious event in the area of Rimini. During more than 60 editions, the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana has featured the greatest musicians in the world, such as Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Riccardo Chailly, Mstislav Rostropovich, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Renata Tebaldi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zubin Metha, Georges Pretre, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev, Neville Marriner, James Conlon and Myung-Whun Chung.

Over the last few years, this festival has expanded with different concurrent projects which extend the event calendar until the end of autumn. The projects include musical marathons and studies on past musicians from Rimini and the production of contemporary music works in the Complesso degli Agostiniani.

There is an entry fee

Info: www.sagramusicalemalatestiana.it

September

Rimini – Misano World Circuit

Aperol Grand Prix of San Marino and the Riviera of Rimini

Engines are at the ready for the seventh edition of the Aperol Grand Prix of San Marino and the Riviera of Rimini! Every year the event draws enthusiasts from all over the world as well as millions of TV viewers. Tickets and special offers are already available to purchase online at www.ticketone.it.

Info: http://motogp.misanocircuit.com

Rimini Street Food

Food is one of the most rewarding pleasures you can experience on a trip and the street is where you can meet the gastronomic heart of a town. In short, street food is the flavour of a place. Up until a short time ago, the street was considered a starting point for a gourmet who couldn’t afford better; today this colourful world of street flavours is experiencing a new awakening and is getting closer and closer to gourmet foods.

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No other product is able to convey the warmth of the Rimini people and the magic of this east coast land of Italy like the ‘piada’, the symbol of Romagna cuisine. This delicacy is made from thin, unleavened bread served hot filled with cold cuts or soft cheese. The kiosks, known as ‘baracchini’ and scattered across the Romagna territory, from the sea to the hills, are the best places on the road where everyone can find the favourite ‘piada’ (and much more), the trusted street food.

Simple places and alternative paths, perhaps to be taken by bike or on motorcycle, hide wonders such as ‘cassoni alle erbe’, pork ‘piadine’, fish ‘spiedini’, watermelons, pizzas and the delicious ‘squacquerone’ cheese served any way you like it!

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This is yet another element with which Rimini looks at Europe and the world, starting from its excellent products and symbols of its identity.

Today, Street Food is also appreciated by the most demanding gourmets and Rimini wants to interpret these new, contemporary lifestyles, taking down great cuisine from its inaccessible pedestal and introducing it to the quality of the territory and its tradition, with the aim of making the food and wine of Rimini a real reason for choosing Rimini as a travel destination.

Thus the first guide and first app on street food were born, containing precious advice for those, starting from next summer, want to take a journey along the streets of the east coast of Italy. The ‘piada’ will be the guiding light for discovering places off the beaten path, but still fascinating.

Rimini Bike Hotels

Since 2013 in Rimini, there has been a hotels club dedicated to cycling holidays, a new tourist and cycle-sustainable offer which allows you to travel through nature, history and the traditions of the Romagna countryside, offering bike lovers fascinating trails between the sea and the hills: on-road, off-road and trekking.

Rimini Bike Hotels include a selected number of hotel accommodation facilities located in the city which offer services tailored to cyclists as well as all the aspects of an activeholiday to their guests, also taking care of the cyclists’ companions and their families.

Rimini Bike Hotels span over a variety of sporting levels: from novice cyclists who are donning the cyclist uniform for the first time, to the amateurs of all ages who delight in long ‘grand turisme’ tours, up until the competitors who want to spend their holiday as a training camp to prepare for races and long distances with daily training. Rimini Bike Hotels also offers mountain biking excursions along paths, parks and protected areas and daily trips with planned ‘bike trekking’ through specific routes. The tours, organized on various courses and distances are adapted to different levels of preparation and wind through the hills of Valmarecchia, Montefeltro, Valconca and the countryside of Marche and Romagna. The cyclist guides are specialised and expert, with an in-depth knowledge of the roads of the territory, for bike tours in total safety and relax. Individual bike tours are coordinated by Ole Rohwer,the German ‘head guide’ with his team of cyclist guides.

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Guests who do not participate in the daily tours can choose from a wide range of leisure opportunities, from theme parks to shopping centres, to city museums. A personalized ‘RBH fidelity card’ – given after registering in a hotel and showing the free phone number for roadside assistance – can be used as a discount card for purchasing technical material and to take advantage of various offers in participating shops.

The following standard services are common to all Rimini Bike Hotels:

  • Organised Bike Tours for both individuals and groups
  • Expert cyclist guides
  • FRW bike rental
  • Racing, MTB and Trekking types available
  • Storage service for bikes at the hotel
  • Bike washing and laundry services
  • Technical assistance and mechanics workshop at the hotel
  • Special programmes for cyclists and their companions
  • Minivan for assistance and first aid service
  • Info Point at the hotel with paths and maps
  • Welcome drink and presentation of itineraries and services
  • Full breakfast for the cyclist
  • Bike Buffet upon return from the tours (served until 4 p.m.)
  • Tastings of wine and typical products of the Romagna countryside in collaboration with a farm restaurant or winery
  • Shop at the hotel for technical clothing and supplements

Thanks for reading and happy travels!

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