Things to see in Rimini on a walk in the Old Town

Rimini is a city on Italy’s northern Adriatic coast in the region of Emilia-Romagna. Known for its sandy beaches, Rimini is a popular summer destination for many northern Europeans. For me, Rimini’s biggest attractions are its ancient Roman landmarks, stunning medieval monuments, atmospheric lanes and vibrant piazzas. The old town of Rimini, a fair distance from the coast, is truly a treasure trove of ancient wonders, some of which are more than 2,000 years old! I’ve visited Rimini numerous times and it’s always a treat to explore its old town and immerse myself in its timeless charm. Here are the top things to see in Rimini:

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Stately palaces at Piazza Cavour

I’ve included a sightseeing walking route of Rimini’s old town which can easily be done in a few hours. If you’re visiting Rimini as part of a day trip by car, I recommend parking at the large parking area next to the Tiberius Bridge (Parcheggio Tiberio). The walking route below starts at the Tiberius Bridge, however, as it’s a circular route, you can start from any point along the way.

Borgo San Giuliano

Just across the road from the parking area lies the charming enclave of Borgo San Giuliano. This quaint neighbourhood is renowned for its colourful houses and street art. The legacy of Federico Fellini, the legendary filmmaker who was born in Rimini, is honoured by many murals which depict his movies and works of art.

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A colourful street in Borgo San Giuliano
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One of the many Fellini-inspired murals in Borgo San Giuliano

I recommend slowly exploring the maze of lanes of Borgo San Giuliano whilst looking out for the colourful murals. Don’t miss stepping inside the 16th century Church of San Giuliano Martire, with its stunning interior.

Church of San Giuliano Martire

Ponte di Tiberio (Tiberius bridge)

This bridge was constructed by the Romans in the 1st century AD. Ponte di Tiberio traverses the Marecchia River at the southern end of the ancient Via Emilia, a trunk road that crosses the length of the region of Emilia-Romagna. It’s simply an amazing feeling to cross a bridge that’s more than 2,000 years old!

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The 2,000-year-old Ponte di Tiberio

Fellini Museum

From the Tiberius Bridge, walk along Corso d’Augusto and turn right at Cinema Fulgor, a gorgeous cinema in Art Nouveau style. Here, you’ll find one of the three branches of the Fellini Museum.

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Fellini Museum at Palazzo del Fulgor

Federico Fellini is widely known as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Born in Rimini, he produced various iconic films such as La Dolce Vita. Throughout his career, he won many awards including four Oscars and the Palme d’Or. Visit the Fellini Museum’s website for more info.

Castel Sismondo

The medieval heritage of Rimini is most visible at Castel Sismondo, a short walk from Palazzo del Fulgor. Constructed in the 15th century by the ambitious lord Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, this imposing fortress offers panoramic views of the city and hosts cultural events and exhibitions throughout the year. There’s also a branch of the Fellini Museum in the castle.

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Castel Sismondo

Piazza Cavour

Our next stop is my favourite piazza, a few minutes’ walk from the Castle. In the heart of Rimini’s old town lies Piazza Cavour. This impressive square is surrounded by elegant cafés and historic buildings, such as the old Fish Market and Galli Theatre. It’s a great spot to sip a cappuccino and soak up the local culture.

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Piazza Cavour with the Teatro Amintore Galli in the background
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Vecchia Pescheria, the 18th century Fish Market at Piazza Cavour.
Street scene at Piazza Cavour

 

Piazza Tre Martiri

This large square is the focal point in the old town. There are several historic monuments to stop at, as well as various cafés and restaurants.

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Piazza Tre Martiri

Piazza Tre Martiri is home to several important monuments, including the statue of Julius Caesar, the stone atop which Julius Caesar gave a famous speech and the little Chapel of St. Anthony.

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Statue of Julius Caesar
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Chapel of St. Anthony

Arch of Augustus

From Piazza Tre Martiri, continue down Corso d’Augusto to the iconic Arch of Augustus. Erected in 27 BC, this ancient Roman triumphal arch stands as a testament to the city’s illustrious past and marks the entrance to Rimini’s historic old town.

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Arch of Augustus

Tempio Malatestiano (Malatesta Temple)

A short walk from the Arch of Augustus stands the awe-inspiring Tempio Malatestiano, a majestic blend of Renaissance and Gothic architecture.

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Malatesta Temple

Admire the intricate frescoes and ornate sculptures that adorn the interior, including the revered Crucifix by Giotto. Originally built as a Franciscan church in the 13th century, it was transformed into a mausoleum in the 15th century, though it was never finished, by the powerful Malatesta family.

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Inside the Malatesta Temple

 

Museo della Città (City Museum)

Follow Via Tempio Malatestiano towards our next stop: Museo della Citta. This museum showcases artifacts and archaeological finds that trace the city’s evolution from ancient times to the present day.

Adjacent to the museum, you’ll find the impressive Domus del Chirurgo (Roman villa of the Surgeon). This 2nd century AD villa was discovered in 1989 and features mosaics, frescoes and a complete set of surgical instruments from that period!

From here, I suggest walking aimlessly around the lanes and streets in this area. It’s a lovely part of the old town to soak up the atmosphere.

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A quiet lane in the old town

Rimini beach

Conclude your exploration with a leisurely stroll along Rimini’s sandy beach, located about a 20-30 minute walk from the old town. It’s the perfect place to unwind and soak up the Mediterranean sun after a day of sightseeing. A bike/pedestrian path (lungomare) runs the length of the beach. Here you’ll find many beachfront hotels, as well as restaurants and beach clubs where you can sit back, put your feet in the sand and enjoy drinks and a wonderful meal.

Rimini beach

If you opt for some beach time in Rimini, drop by the Habana beach restaurant (Bagno 44). Nothing better than a fettucine vongole at the beach with a crisp Pinot Grigio or Friulano, and a gentle sea breeze to go with it!

Enjoy a delicious meal at the beach

From ancient monuments to hidden gems, Rimini’s historic old town offers a captivating glimpse into Italy’s rich cultural tapestry. Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply seeking to immerse yourself in the beauty of a bygone era, this beautiful city promises an unforgettable experience steeped in tradition and splendour.

Where to stay in Rimini

Most of the hotels in Rimini are located at or near the beach but there are also a few gems in the city centre. I especially loved B&B I Propilei di San Girolamo, a cosy B&B in the old town. Hotels at the beach I can recommend include Grand Hotel Rimini (a historic hotel), Hotel De Londres and Mercure Rimini Artis. Search for accommodations in Rimini (Booking.com).

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Grand Hotel Rimini

Places to visit near Rimini

If you’re staying in Rimini, there are many places in the vicinity that are absolutely worth a visit. Some of my favourite places include Ravenna, Comacchio and Santarcangelo di Romagna. Read my guide to the Riviera Romagnola (the Adriatic coast), or things to do in Ravenna and things to do in Comacchio. I can also recommend a day trip to San Marino, one of the smallest countries in the world, less than an hour from Rimini by bus/car.

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Chiesa del Carmine in Comacchio

How to get to Rimini

Rimini has a small international airport served by mainly holiday charter and low-cost airlines such as Ryanair. From Bologna, the main air and rail gateway to Emilia-Romagna, Rimini can be reached by train in ±55 minutes.

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