It is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Europe, thanks to its 15 kilometres (9 miles) long sandy beach, over 1,000 hotels and thousands of bars, restaurants and discos. The first bathing establishment opened in 1843. An art city with ancient Roman and Renaissance monuments, Rimini is the hometown of the famous film director Federico Fellini as well.
“Roman relics, jam-packed beaches, hedonistic nightclubs and the memory (and memories) of film director and native son Federico Fellini make sometimes awkward bedfellows in seaside Rimini. Although there’s been a settlement here for over 2000 years, Rimini’s coast was just sand dunes until 1843, when the first bathing establishments took root next to the ebbing Adriatic. The beach huts gradually morphed into a mega-resort that was sequestered by a huge nightclub scene in the 1990s. Despite some interesting history, Fellini-esque movie memorabilia and a decent food culture, 95% of Rimini’s visitors come for its long, boisterous, sometimes tacky beachfront.”– Lonely Planet
Once a thriving Latin colony known as Ariminum, Rimini changed hands like a well-worn library book in the Middle Ages when periods of Byzantine, Lombard and Papal rule culminated in the roguish reign of Sigismondo Malatesta in the 15th century. But the worst was to come. Rimini got whacked more than any other Italian city during WWII, when bombing raids were followed by the brutal ‘Battle of Rimini’, during which an estimated 1.5 million rounds of Allied ammunition were fired on the German-occupied city.”
Rimini has 15 km of beach along the strip and it’s used well. In the summer months it’s really crowded here, but in the beginning of September it has less people, and more space. The beach is divided in different spots, with a number. Most hotels have their own part of the beach, but there are also parts that are for everyone. Either just lay down at the sun chair and relax and read a book, or play just about any beach game there is. Beach volleyball, boule, beach tennis, beach football and so on and on and on. Most parts of the beach also have a bar/restaurant, toilets and showers. Just bring your money, as neither sun chair or toilet visit is for free. The water is warm and nice, even in September. And the waves aren’t too high, so kids could swim here. Although not too far out. Everything was clean and nice too, although not white sand beach like in South East Asia or the Caribbean. On the Rimini beach you find a lot of fun amenities, like beach volley, beach basketball, swimming pools, games for children. Near the seaside, you can rent surf jets, windsurfs and small boats. You can find amusements also in the town near Rimini, like Cattolica. Here the seaside is full of fun till midnight thanks to parties and disco, like Bikini Beach, directly on the beach…
Next to Venice this is perhaps the most ‘touristy’ place in Italy. The long avenue is Rimini’s artery of tourism (together with the Lungomare and the Viale Regina Elena) with hundreds of hotels, clubs, restaurants and shops. Here, you can buy the usual stuff like souvenirs and postcards, but also clothing, including all kind of real and replica soccer shirts. Although many places are closed in the off-season months, the street is alive at every time of the day and even some shops are open beyond 08:00 p.m.