Art and History
Rimini, the old and the new.
Founded by the Romans in 268 BC, it was under the rule of the Malatesta family, towards the end of the XIII century, that Rimini became a hub of culture and art. Within the city beat two vibrant hearts: the historic centre with its quaint little boroughs and the attractive marina that leads the way to no less than 15km of beach that have been attracting tourists from all over Europe since the early 1900’s.
Arch of Augustus
Built in 27 AC in honour of Octavian Augustus Caesar, this is the oldest of the surviving Roman arches and stands where the two ancient roads of Rimini, via Flaminia and via Emilia, meet. A splendid construction in Istrian stone, the arch was recently restored to his former beauty.
This main piazza plays host to an array of striking buildings such as Palazzo dell’Arengo, Palazzo del Podestà (housing the town council offices), the Old Fish Market and the Galli Theatre. In the centre of this medieval multitude is the impressive “Pigna” fountain which has been completely restored to its original working order.