The city of Fellini
Federico Fellini talked of Rimini only after he had moved away from it. He defined it as "a dimension of memory”, experienced as a mixture of nostalgia and a desire to run away. To find the dreamlike atmosphere that the great director talked about you need to take a walk, in winter, along the coast, starting from the Grand Hotel, which in "Amarcord" stands as a symbol of the exotic and luxury. Stop at the Fulgor cinema, in Corso d’Augusto, where Fellini he saw his first film as a child and where he worked as a poster designer as a teenager. From Fulgor, it is only a short walk to the village of San Giuliano, with its colourful houses overlooking the narrow alleys. This protected, sheltered and quiet corner of Rimini is where Fellini loved to walk and where today murals recall the work of the great master.
Art & Culture
Malatesta & Ancient History
Rimini is also the city of the Malatesta, one of the oldest ruling families whose territory extended inland from the coast, along the beautiful valleys of the River Marecchia, between green hills and mountain villages. This historical and architectural heritage, which dates back to a period from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, is still visible and reminds us that Rimini is not only sea. A historic and old city, full of riches waiting to be discovered.
To admire fifteenth-century Rimini, start from the Malatesta Temple, in the construction of which great artists such as Leon Battista Alberti and Piero della Francesca were involved. It contains the tomb of Sigismondo Malatesta and the splendid Crucifix by Giotto.
Amusement & Nightlife
Nightlife and sofistication
For those who love life, the area of Rimini, Riccione and the Riviera offers endless opportunities for fun. The old town and seafront are full of bars, clubs and discos, many of them internationally famous, a trendy tourist destination that attracts young travellers from all over Europe. Start with an aperitif at noMi or in one of the clubs of the old town, then have dinner in a typical restaurant in the hills or taste delicacies of the sea in one of the many restaurants on the coast, before taking an after-dinner walk in Viale Ceccarini in Riccione or a cocktail in the many night-time bars. To close, dance the night away until dawn in one of the renowned Riccione discos.
Tours & Routes
Rimini has many faces, so many moods to live, colors and stories to discover. The best way to do this is to venture out on foot along this fascinating route. It starts from Piazzale Kennedy, in Marina Centro, first stop: the Roman Rimini.
The Roman era has left unmistakable landmarks on the territory, including: the Roman Amphitheater, the Arch of Augustus, the Domus del Chirurgo and the Tiberius Bridge. The gate of Ariminum, the Rimini of the Romans, was erected by the Roman Senate in 27 BC : the Arch of Augustus, celebrating the emperor Ottaviano for the restoration of the Via Flaminia.
Continuing on our itinerary, we discover that the festive tradition of the Romagna Riviera has ancient roots in the 2nd century AD. in fact, the emperor Hadrian built the Roman Amphitheater, a place to relax social tensions by sharing moments of fun and escape.
The route reserves other pearls of the Roman heritage. After leaving the emperors of ancient Rome, after a few steps we find ourselves in the medieval atmosphere promoted by the powerful ancient Malatesta family: the Castle of Sismondo, the Tempio Malatestiano and Piazza Cavour, to name a few. Leon Battista Alberti, Vasari, Giotto and Piero della Francesca are just some of the illustrious names that have contributed to enrich the Rimini Renaissance heritage.
During the journey, between stories of real life, dialect poems and vintage photos, there will be a meeting with Federico Fellini, in the city where he was born. A fascinating journey from the center of the marina to the ancient city will accompany you to the inevitable memory of Federico Fellini.
It is a journey into Italian neorealism to discover one of the greatest geniuses of Italian Cinema of the '60s, to rediscover the land that gave birth to the myth of Fellini.
Many know the Roman origins of Rimini, others admire the Renaissance treasures in the legacy of Piero and Sigismondo Malatesta, or in the church of San Francesco, transformed by Leon Battista Alberti in the 15th century. But Rimini, once again, amazes us, offering us the thrill of discovering a village in the village: San Giuliano, the old fishing village overlooking the Marecchia.
Crossing the 2000+ year old Tiberius bridge, symbol par excellence of Romanic luster, it is already possible to see the colored profiles of the fishermen's houses.
After a few steps, you find yourself in a small, timeless village, with its striking beauty and delicacy: it is San Giuliano, a cluster of houses bordering the northern bank of the Marecchia river, from which small streets, alleyways and small squares open up.
It is here in this village that Federico Fellini left his heart, so much so that the inhabitants of the village wanted to remember it with large colored murals, imprinted on the walls of the houses.
Once home to humble fishing families, today Borgo San Giuliano is one of the coolest and liveliest areas of Rimini, full of small restaurants, wine bars, typical restaurants and small shops.